The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Monday advised Nigerians to stop attributing religious to anything negative, decrying that Fulani hardsmen are being accused of every attack in the country.
Speaking during a dinner organised for religious leaders, security agencies and media practitioners in his palace in Sokoto at the weekend, the monarch wondered why people blame Fulani herdsmen for every attack in the community.
He noted with dismay that the issue had been politicized, while anything negative is being given to Fulani herdsmen, even though there were other people committing heinous crimes elsewhere but not linked to religion, ethnicity and region.
“If criminals are doing bad things, they are criminals and they can be found anywhere in any religion and tribe. Therefore don’t add religious or tribal toga to any act of terrorism. Fulani men are only after their cattle not after any government or its policies and programmes. How can they carry weapons, to go and do what with it?,” he queried.
He observed that Muslims feel more marginalised in the country only that they were not complaining.
“When there is a vacant position and a Hausa man is appointed, we called it ‘northernisation and when a Muslim leader visit an Islamic country we say he is trying to islamise Nigeria. “In fact, there are many people from other religion and tribes occupying other offices and we witness many Christian leaders who have visited Christian countries but nobody said they were planning to ‘Christianise’ the country,” he said.
The Sultan said Nigeria is a beautiful country and its people love one another, but blamed the elite for some of the challenges bedeviling Nigeria.