By SIMON EBEGBULEM
SULTAN of Sokoto and the President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, has warned Nigerian leaders to stop what he described as the “blame game and face the reality” on the bad state of the nation’s economy.
Abubakar explained that unless political leaders abandon their political affiliations and come together to fix the economy, Nigerians will continue to groan. He added that though things are currently difficult for the people, Nigeria is better than some industrialized nations facing crises in different spheres.
He also urged political leaders in Edo State to avoid violence in the forthcoming governorship election, stressing that the people must be allowed to vote the candidates of their choice because “when you have something on ground, the people will compare the work and that of the other parties and make their choice”.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy visit on Governor Adams Oshiomhole, the Sultan, who informed the governor that he was in the state for the annual meeting of the NSCIA, said all hands must be on deck to achieve the Nigeria of our dreams.
Responding, Oshiomhole, who expressed gratitude to the Sultan for his numerous counsel to Nigerian leaders, noted that “ part of the problems we face in Nigeria today is discrimination. The governor went on: “Every God fearing person will not resort to violence if he is concerned that every violence may lead to the death of somebody.
“The crisis arising from unfair distribution of wealth between nations and within nations substantially explains some of the dis-functional responses by aggrieved citizens. It does not matter how they choose to describe their primary motive.
The truth is if the world is a much better place, people will opt to live well rather than to kill another as a means of expressing their frustration”.