Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto on Friday warned Nigerians to stop deceiving themselves about the situation of the country as all is not well with Nigeria.
He also advised politicians to stop fighting because of defections while calling on religious leaders to unite and preach against violence before, during and after the 2019 elections.
Sultan made the call when he received the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria in his palace in Sokoto yesterday.
“Politics is a choice, like religion. Therefore, let’s not fight each other because of defection.
“We must tell ourselves the truth and speak the truth. Everything is not okay in Nigeria. Let’s stop hiding under religion, ethnicity or region. I know we have problems in Nigeria. Let’s not deceive ourselves.
“There is no fight between Christianity and Islam, but maybe disagreement between Muslims and Christians. But we must try and fish out extremists in our midst. Though, you cannot completely fish out bad eggs from the society, we should continue doing our part to ensure a peaceful country.
“We have our problems and challenges. But we should collectively try and overcome them. As leaders, we must try and work for peace. There is no problem in this world that defies solution unless we are not honest. If not, we will overcome the problems.
“We must also educate our followers that despite the challenges, we belong to one God Almighty but choose to worship God in different ways.”
On 2019 general election, he implored politicians to stop using children of the poor to spread violence.
He also spoke against killing of innocent people in the name of religion.
“People have wrong notions of Jihad. You cannot kill people pretending you are fighting for God. You are simply deceiving yourself. Jihad does not entail that. God did not create you to fight for Him,” he added.
In his remarks, the National President of the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, applauded the sultan for his roles in peaceful coexistence in the country.
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal Onaiyekan also noted the need for peace among religious leaders and for them to work towards ensuring peaceful coexistence among the citizens.
Nigeria To ‘Discourage’ Medical Brain Drain – Minister
The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said the Federal Government will do all it can to prevent medical doctors from leaving the country.
The minister stated this on Friday in Abuja after inspecting work on the new cancer centre at the National Hospital, Abuja.
Ehanire revealed that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration will provide the necessary incentives to make migration unattractive for the doctors.
The Health Minister admitted that medical doctors leaving Nigeria to foreign countries has become a challenge.
He, therefore, pledged that the government will do everything possible to ensure that doctors will prefer to remain and work in the country.
Ehanire advised hospital management to spend wisely, properly maintain the facilities when completed, and seek alternative sources of funding.
Stop Giving Us Awards… Challenge Us So We Can Sit Up, Wike Tells Journalists
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has urged the Nigerian Media to stop praising public officials and giving them awards for favoritism but to hold them accountable.
Governor Wike gave the charge when the national leadership of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE) paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Port Harcourt yesterday.
The governor expressed that in time past, the Nigerian Press was a strong voice and conscience of the society, but wondered what has whittled down its powers.
“What I have seen of you is that you praise us and give us award because of relationship or friendship. That’s not the way it should be. Challenge us; the people in authority and we will sit up to our responsibilities. We will have no choice than to perform and serve the people, as it should be.
The governor stated that Nigeria is in a difficult period in its history and NGE cannot shy away from performing its duties without fear or favour.
He urged them to discharge their function and be sure that they are doing what is right always.
#EndSARS: Ogun Judicial Panel Receives 20 Petitions In Two Weeks
The Ogun State judicial panel to investigate cases of police brutality in the state has reportedly received 20 petitions in two weeks since inauguration.
This was made known by the Chairman of the Panel, Justice Solomon Olugbemi (retired) on Friday in Abeokuta.
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According to a statement issued by the panel’s spokesman, Femi Osipitan, Justice Olugbemi assured the people of the state of transparency and openness by the panel.
He also stated that the panel’s maiden sitting would hold on November 5, adding that subsequent sessions would be Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays by 10 am at the Magistrate Court 1, Isabo, Abeokuta.
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