– The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Saad Abubakar calls for love and peaceful co-existence between herdsmen and host communities
– The Sultan says Muslims know that the Almighty Allah prohibits unjust killings
– Mohammed Saad Abubakar states that it is wrong for anyone to kill in the name of religion
Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Saad Abubakar has said killing in the name of religion is wrong.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Mohammed Saad Abubakar has dismissed assumptions that the Fulani are responsible for the spate of gruesome killings across the country.
The Sultan, who spoke on backdrop of recent clashes between suspected Fulani herdsmen and host communities, noted that the Fulani are not murderers.
Saad Abubakar made the statement recently during his visit to Enugu as special guest of the state government, the Sun reports.
He called for love and peaceful co-existence between herdsmen and host communities.
The Sultan however, stated that if anyone committed a crime, such person should be identified as a criminal and made to face the full weight of the law.
He said: “Such a person is a criminal and must be so identified, whether he is a Fulani or an Igbo. Unless we identify them, we cannot overcome this menace.
“We have lived with Fulani for many years, many of them don’t know anywhere except Igboland for centuries. Is it possible that these same people will take up arms against the same people they have lived with?
“It’s the duty of all of us to fish out these criminals; it’s our duty to get these criminals and make them face the law.”
Saad Abubakar said he will not support the taking of life because Muslims know what the Almighty Allah says about killing of a single soul without recourse to law.
The Sultan said if anyone kills another, such person supposed to be killed but not through jungle justice. He said the killer must be sentenced to death before being killed.
“For anyone to kill in the name of religion is wrong because no religion teaches that.
“To know that a problem exists is part of the solution, the second is to gather as one people and tackle these challenges.