Sul­tan ad­vises against po­lit­i­cal ma­nip­u­la­tions

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The Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Sun­day, ad­vised Nige­ri­ans not to al­low politi­cians to ma­nip­u­late them by ped­dling hate and big­otry for their vested in­ter­ests.

The Sul­tan gave the ad­vice in a state­ment is­sued by Mr Dick­son Omoregie, the Coun­try Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the In­sti­tute for Cul­tural Di­plo­macy (ICD).

He made the re­mark at an in­ter­na­tional sym­po­sium en­ti­tled “Pro­mo­tion of World Peace Through In­ter-Faith Di­a­logue’’ or­gan­ised by the ICD in Rome.

The Sul­tan added that “Nige­ri­ans must not al­low them­selves to be ma­nip­u­lated by politi­cians who wish to use us to ped­dle hate and big­otry to at­tain their vested in­ter­ests.

“Most of our ethno-re­li­gious crises in Nigeria are per­pe­trated by our in­abil­ity to have suf­fi­cient courage to say no and say to them ‘count me out.’ It is es­sen­tial that we come to­gether to face the chal­lenges of build­ing a just and eq­ui­table so­ci­ety.’’

Abubakar also flayed ex­ter­nal in­duce­ment of in­ter­faith di­a­logue, es­pe­cially after a cri­sis in the coun­try.

He said “we must build the req­ui­site lead­er­ship that has the courage and the fore­sight to ini­ti­ate and sus­tain mean­ing­ful and pro­duc­tive in­ter-faith di­a­logue.

“Our ex­pe­ri­ence in Nigeria has been that we en­gage in in­ter-faith di­a­logue only after a cri­sis. “This di­a­logue is usu­ally with the spe­cific goal of calm­ing tem­pers and trad­ing blames. We must go be­yond this symbolic level and en­gage in in­ter-faith di­a­logue as a strate­gic un­der­tak­ing which shall con­trib­ute to peace-build­ing.’’

He also urged the peo­ple to re­spect the sanc­tity of life, say­ing “we should find no ex­cuse for any­one who sheds blood, re­gard­less of his or her re­li­gious af­fil­i­a­tion.’’

The Sul­tan was nom­i­nated by the ICD as Speaker at the Rome sym­po­sium on “Cul­tural Di­plo­macy and Re­li­gion’’ at the Vat­i­can.

The ICD was founded in 1999 as an In­ter­na­tional Non-Gov­ern­men­tal Or­gan­i­sa­tion with head­quar­ters in Ber­lin, Ger­many. ( NAN)

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