The President General, Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday expressed concern over the use of children as thugs by politicians, urging them to put a stop to the practice.
Speaking when the newly-elected members of the state’s working committee of the Peoples Democratic Party paid him a courtesy visit in Sokoto, the Sultan said politicians, who indulge in such acts lure the children with money and drugs, noting that they are doing more harm to themselves, the society and the country at large.
He said as leaders, they should aim at enhancing the welfare and security of Nigerians instead of misusing children.
He warned that same children have every tendency and chance of turning against the elected officials, adding, “This will happen after the elections and often make governance too difficult for them”.
He, therefore, urged politicians to give top priority to sustainable peace and unity of the country.
“Our doors are open to all of you. All of us are yearning for free, fair and acceptable polls in 2015 and beyond”, he said.
Earlier, the state Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Ibrahim Milgoma, had said that they were at the palace to seek the sultanate council’s advice and prayers and pledged the party’s commitment towards ensuring good governance.