Let’s continue to live as one big family, Sultan urges Nigerians 

Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman Nigeria Inter- religious Council (NIREC) His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Thursday, charged Nigerians to continue to live as one big family.

Alhaji Sa’ad gave the charge in Ibadan when he led NIREC members together with the President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Supo Ayokunle, on a courtesy visit to Governor Seyi Makinde at the Executive Council Chambers Governor’s Office, Ibadan.

According to the Sultan, in doing this there is the need for Nigerians to at all times understand and tolerate one another, which is a better way to live as one big family. 

“We keep on telling our people to understand and tolerate one another, which is a better way to live as one big family. That is why the theme of this quarterly meeting is apt and widely chosen,” he said.

The Sultan added, “I am very proud of Ibadan, the largest city in West Africa, and I think people should really come in and see the difference in what it used to be in those days of our nationhood and the new Ibadan and Oyo State, and the peace you are enjoying here now. I believe this is simply based on understanding.”

Alhaji Sa’ad commended Governor Makinde for uplifting Oyo state by taking it to greater heights, saying, “We want to thank the governor for his magnanimity and wish him all the best in his tenure as the governor of Oyo State. I thank him for hosting us and I pray that peace will continue to reign supreme in Oyo State and Nigeria at large.

Speaking, the President Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev Dr. Supo Ayokunle, said there has been religious harmony in Oyo state and that the people  have been living together in the atmosphere of peace and tranquility.

The CAN President pointed out that “there has not been religious crisis in Oyo State and there will never be by the grace of God because all of us from different homes have the two religions. 

“We have been co-existing in the atmosphere of peace and tranquility, and that is why we are a Pacesetter state. We make progress because of mutual existence in this state.”