Me­d­ina blast: Sul­tan ad­vises Is­lamic coun­tries to unite against ter­ror­ism

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

The Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Muham­madu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has con­demned the re­cent bomb blast in Me­d­ina, the sec­ond holi­est city in Saudi Arabia, and ad­vised Is­lamic coun­tries to unite against ter­ror­ism as Is­lam is a reli­gion of peace.

“This ob­nox­ious is as das­tardly, as it is con­demnable,” he said, adding that Is­lam ab­hors all forms of vi­o­lence.

In his Sal­lah mes­sage yes­ter­day, the monarch ad­vised Nige­ri­ans to go back to the farms as a panacea to the cur­rent eco­nomic hard­ship in the coun­try.

“God, in His In­fi­nite mercy, has en­dowed Nige­ria with vast arable lands, with each re­gion hav­ing its own pe­cu­liar com­par­a­tive ad­van­tage. We should there­fore go back to the farms and en­gage in both rain and dry sea­son farm­ing to be able to feed our­selves,” he ad­vised.

He com­mended the cur­rent ef­forts by the fed­eral and Sokoto State gov­ern­ments to re­vamp the sec­tor which he said would re­duce poverty and un­em­ploy­ment.

He fur­ther ad­vised that more pri­or­ity should be given to the wel­fare of Nige­ri­ans and se­cu­rity and called on par­ents to en­rol their chil­dren in school to ac­quire both western and re­li­gious ed­u­ca­tion.

‘‘Ed­u­ca­tion is the only key to suc­cess, and no na­tion can fully de­velop with­out ac­cord­ing it pri­or­ity at­ten­tion,’’ the monarch said.

He ad­mon­ished Nige­ri­ans to be pa­tient and sus­tain fer­vent prayers for peace, unity and the devel­op­ment of the na­tion.

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