Sultan preaches peace as Islamic group calls
for special prayers against same-sex marriage |
Report by NNEWS
It also noted with concern threats
by the British Foreign Secretary, Mr. William Hague, saying that the
UK government would cut aid to anti-gay countries.
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar III has pledged that the
sultanate will go the extra mile to ensure that Nigerians co-exist
peaceful, irrespective of their religious or ethnic backgrounds as an
Islamic group, Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI) calls for special prayers
against same-sex marriage in the country.
The Monarch gave this assurance when President
Goodluck Jonathan visited him at his palace on Thursday. The
Sultan said Sokoto state was not only the most peaceful state in
the country, ``but is home to all Nigerians, irrespective of
``And it is our duty not only to maintain this peaceful nature of
Sokoto, but to replicate it all over the country and that is why
we are so committed; we are so committed; we are so committed to
see a peaceful, stable Nigeria. ``No matter what it takes, we will
go the extra mile to have peace in our country and I want to
assure Mr. President that we will not retreat our step back, but
we will always move forward to ensure peace in this country.
``Peace is always possible when there is justice and justice is
the bedrock of any governance or government. Where there is no
justice there can’t peace and where is no peace, there can’t be
development.’’ Abubakar therefore enjoined all Muslims and
Christians in the country to always conduct themselves with the
fear of God.
The president had earlier thanked the Sultan for his efforts in
ensuring peace in the country and gave the assurance that the
Federal Government would continue to execute meaningful projects
in Sokoto State. President Jonathan also assured Nigerians that
the PDP-led Federal Government would continue to embark on
people-oriented programmes to uplift the quality of life of the
``We thank you for your leadership in this country. It’s not easy
to lead, especially trying moments like this and within this
period, you have shown focus, you have shown commitment in the
leadership.``We have to use this opportunity to thank you and
thank the people of this state.”
The President who was in Sokoto for the grand finale of the PDP
gubernatorial election campaign, urged the sultanate to support
and cooperate with the PDP administrations at both state and
federal levels for the general good of the society.Meanwhile, the
Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI) on Thursday called for special
prayers against same-sex marriage in the country.
JNI made the appeal in a statement issued in Kaduna and signed by
its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu.
The statement frowned at renewed efforts by the UN Secretary
General Secretary, Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, on Feb. 29 during the African
Union Summit in Addis, Ethiopia, to campaign for support for
``We call on all Muslims to pray against the success of such
devilish act, and may the Almighty continue to protect us from the
whispers of Shaitan, the cursed. Amin.’’
The group in the statement also urged the Federal Government not
to be intimidated or to succumb to the pressure of those ``who
would always want us to be at their service.
``Though same-sex Prohibition Bill has been put in place by the
National Assembly, however, it is instructive to state
categorically that we, as Muslims, condemn in its entirety, the
ungodly act of such call made by UN scribe,’’ the statement said.
It also noted with concern threats by the British Foreign
Secretary, Mr. William Hague, saying that the UK government would
cut aid to anti-gay countries.
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