From Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has called on northern traditional rulers to adopt orphan children in Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs) spread across the Northern Region.
He made the call during the annual General Assembly of Northern Traditional Rulers Council held in Kaduna yesterday.
Sultan Abubakar said it is saddening that violent crisis in the region have left over 50,000 orphans in IDPs camps who did not know their parents.
According to him, these children should not be allowed to grow in the camps rather in the comfort homes of parents who will adopt them as their own children.
He said the Sokoto Caliphate has set the pace by adopting over 150 orphans from IDPs camps in the state. He therefore challenged other traditional rulers and well-meaning northerners to follow suit.
Speaking on the death of the parents of these children who were killed in ethno-religious crises, he said those responsible are nothing but criminals, adding that anyone carrying arms to kill innocent people for any reason should be considered as evil minded and treated as same.
He called on security agents to treat such person(s) as criminals and let them face the wrath of the law because either Boko Haram, kidnappers, Fulani herdsmen or any other killers who came out killing innocent people cannot say they are doing any service to Allah.
Sultan Abubakar debunked allegation that he called on people to pick up arms and defend themselves, saying, he never and would never call on anybody to carry arms to defend him or herself.
His Eminence Abubakar III disclosed that Nigeria is one indivisible entity and there must be justice and equity in the land because without this there is no peace.
He advised political leaders to implements recommendations from the royal fathers especially those that concern insecurity.
The Royal Father expressed dismay over the rising number of drugs abuse among youth including the married women, saying, this is worrisome and the government must swing into action to check the menace.
He expressed delight over the presence of traditional rulers from the southern part of the country who came to participate in the meeting.
In his words; “Your presence here will allow us to know what is being done to your people here that you are not happy about, and at the same time will allow us to tell you what is being done to our people who are living in the south.
“It is through this that we can foster peaceful relationship. So we invited you here to bare your minds on matters affecting our country and what you think we as royal fathers can contribute to the peace and progress of the country,” he said.
In his remark, the Chairman, Enugu State Traditional Rulers Council, His Royal Highness Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, called on the Nigerian Customs Service and other security agents to publicly destroy contraband goods confiscated from smugglers especially drugs because these drugs if not destroyed publicly always find its way back to the society.
Similarly, the representative of the Ooni of Ife, King Adedapo Aderemi, called on political leaders to give listening ear to traditional rulers because they are close to the grassroots and can identify problems within domains.
King Aderemi who is the Secretary of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, said the Yoruba nation will work with other ethnic groups to make Nigeria an indivisible country.