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Published On: Mon, Jun 2nd, 2014

Sultan warns traditional rulers to steer clear of politics

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Sultan-of-Sokoto-Alhaji-Muhammad-Saad-Abubakar-IIIThe Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has warned traditional rulers to steer clear of politics.

Abubakar gave the warning at the weekend in Sokoto, at the turbaning of three new district heads and two traditional title holders in Sokoto.

Represented by the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Iliyasu Bashar, the Sultan said “traditional rulers should be fathers to all, irrespective of any religious, ethnic or political differences.

“Leadership in any form is a trust and all leaders will be accountable for their stewardship.’’

The monarch said that the new traditional rulers and title holders were chosen based on merit and their wealth of experience and urged them to focus on the welfare and comfort of their followers.

The Sultan also warned against greed, moral decadence, corruption and vices, which he said were the bane of the contemporary Nigerian society.

He then appealed to Nigerians to collectively and fervently pray for sustained peace and unity in the country.

Among those turbaned was Alhaji Bala Abubakar III, the state’s Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Commissioner for Budget, who became the Durunbun Sokoto.

Also, Alhaji Sa’idu Maccido, the immediate past Director of Information in the state’s Ministry of Information, was turbaned as Dan-Buram Sokoto.

Maccido was recently appointed by the Sultan as his Personal Assistant Secretary. (NAN)


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