Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar 111, has appealed to the Federal Government and striking lecturers of Nigerian universities to sheath their swords and reconcile their differences in order to end the three months strike action and ensure that Nigerian universities are re-opened.
Addressing the muslim faithful as part of the Eid-el-Fitr celebrations in his palace in Sokoto yesterday, the Sultan lamented that the prolonged ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was a serious source of concern for the parents and other stakeholders.
He called the two parties to have a re-thinkand compromise with a view to re-opening the universities, assuring that stakeholders and the traditional rulers were ready to give the required support and cooperation towards revolving the impasse.
On the Boko Haram saga, the monarch urged muslims to seek knowledge as the only way they will be able to differentiate between truth and falsehood as regards western education and know the solutions rather than condemnation.
The Sultan harped on the need for the youths and women to seek adequate knowledge so as to avoid falling into the traps akin to the recent Boko Haram syndrome.
According to him, this will afford them the opportunity to appreciate the shortcomings associated with acquiring western education and also how to circumvent them but not to discard it in its totality.
He further appealed to the Ulamas in the country to preach with the highest sense of caution and the fear of God, saying clerics are very important in uniting the Muslim Ummah as well as the peace and unity of the nation general.
The monarch reminded Islamic scholars to show moderation in their interpretation of Holy Quran as ordained by Allah by shunning dangerous doctrines so as to avoid creating confusion among the muslim ummah.
He urged other state governments to emulate development strides of Sokoto state government, adding that the youth skills acquisition programme deserves a specialcommendation.
The traditional ruler further called on the Sokoto state government to establish cooperative shops and micro business centres where people can procure food items at subsidised rate in order to alleviate the suffering of the people especially during the various religious and cultural festivities
.He announced that the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs and Jama’tul Nasril Islam had met with a view to reaching an acceptable consensus on the sighting of the moon as they affect other Islamic activities like hajj.