Let’s throw this hatred away and live in peace and love one another, and go back to our olden days’ lives where we used to live together in peace and unity.
The Sultan of Sokoto, His Royal Highness Alh Sa’ad Abubakar III, gave this advice at the Gbong-Gwom Place Jishe, in Jos when he paid him a courtesy call as tradition demands before embarking on their Primary Health Care Meeting holding in Jos.
The Sultan said, “Let us not be wicked or bad to one another, because our religious books show us many things that we live in peace with one another,” adding that, “we should go back to our olden days’ cultural system so that we can maintain ourselves and respect ourselves, so that we can be more united.”
The Sultan of Sokoto, who is also president of the 19 Northern Traditional Rulers, also used the visit to condole and condemn the brutal killing of His Royal Highness, Saf Ron-Kulere, Lazarus Agai the First-class Traditional Ruler of Bokkos LGA, by unknown gunmen on Monday with his son, wife, orderly, and one other person.
While soliciting for religious tolerance and peaceful coexistence among the peace loving citizens of the country, he said “we should all condemn this criminal act because no religion preaches violence.”
The Sultan described the action as criminal for those who perpetuated the heinous act of brutality against humanity, saying, “and should know that we are all equal before God, and it’s only God that can determine who is better. He urged the people to live peaceful with one another “irrespective of our diverse ethnic differences, so that we can be more united; without unity there is no development. You don’t take somebody’s life; this can only be done or affirmed before judicial system. The situation we all found ourselves in let’s give peace a chance; we found ourselves by chance being born into a particular tribe or religion,” he said.
The Royal Highness called on the people to expose the killer of the late Saf Ron-Kurele, saying that, “we are peace-loving citizens; we only have some few elements, whether they are herdsmen or farmers; they don’t practice our religions. We should expose them in our midst.”
According to him, “we should go back to our cultural system and fish out the ‘bad eggs’ among us by partnering security agencies,” adding that, “as traditional institution, we express condemnation anytime anyone is killed.” He said, “we are here as members of Northern Primary Health Care within the North representing the people at the grassroots on courtesy call, and a condolence visit to the people of Plateau state over the demise of our colleague. It is quite long I have been to plateau. After several years of hostilities, we can now have confidence to see peace gradually returning to the state.”
Speaking further, the Sultan of Sokoto maintained that, “our diverse background is seen as an access; we should continue to say that our unity is very important to us. We can live peacefully without harassing each one another, and no one should impose any religion on any one; we want peace on the Plateau. As traditional leaders, we can go extra miles to bring peace to our communities; we are brothers from Adam and Eve, so we call on religious leaders to preach tolerance,” the Sultan said.
Responding, His Royal Highness the Gbong-Gwom Jos, Da Jacob Gyang Buba, who is chairman of the Traditional Councils of Chiefs in the state, prayed God for more blessings in this rainy season. He said, “Security is everybody’s business; we must not sit down and begin to accuse security for what is happening; unfortunately, the solution is a collective responsibility – to join hands with security.”
He disclosed that one of the reasons of crisis is injustice among the people, who are entrusted to discharge their duties accordingly, and recommended the revamping of tourism sectors to boost the economy of Nigeria. Meanwhile, a One Minute Salience was observed for the late Saf Ron-Kulere and 3 others.