West & Central Africa

Sultan’s Call for Halt to Violence

One of Nigeria’s leading Islamic spokesmen has called on Muslims to cease taking the law into their own hands.

The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic affairs, Sa’ad Abubakar, told Muslim recently, “We must never take laws into our own hands”. But the sultan stopped short of challenging the Muslim community for the increasing attacks on Christians.

Salad Abubakar, The Sultan of Sokoto

The Sultan said that Those who do not want to come as Muslims are free to stay with us and continue working with us to make this country a much better place.”

After the recent spate of Muslim Fulani herdsmen attacking communities and killing villagers, the Sultan paid a condolence visit to the family of the traditional Monarch, Saf Ron Kulere, Lazarus Agai, killed by cattle herdsmen in Bokkos, near Jos. He commiserated with the family but later warned the security agencies and the media against blaming the Fulanis, in the face of overwhelming evidence including witness statements by victims, videos and images in social media showing the atrocities of the Islamist herdsmen who have been linked to the extremist group, Boko Haram.