The Sultan of Sokoto, Ahaji Sa’ad Abubukar, Saturday called on traditional rulers and other Nigerians to unite to collectively fight extremism and terrorism, when he visited visited the Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba.
“We have common problems in this country – religious extremism, terrorism, poverty, unemployment, strikes, dearth of basic infrastructure, among others.
“These problems have no religious or tribal colour, and we must unite and defeat them so that God Almighty, who created us, will bless us.
“We must close ranks and work for our people,” the Sultan said.
According to him, he was visiting the Gbong Gwom to strengthen the bond of relationship that had existed between them, and to also discuss ways to help the country.
“We have done a lot as traditional leaders, but now is time for us to do much more as fathers of the people.
“When your children are crying for obvious problems which are very glaring for everybody to see, it is left for a father to stand and bring succour.
“We must stand up to see how the children can survive and live a good life,” he added.
Speaking further, the sultan expressed happiness over the return of peace to Plateau, saying the heavy traffic flow was a sign normalcy had returned.
“The heavy traffic is a sign that peace has indeed returned to Jos; the town is becoming the same Jos we knew as young people.
“It is important that we keep this peace and ensure it is never thrown away.
“We must work hard to bring permanent peace not only to Plateau or North East, but every part of this country.
“We should keep on praying to God and I believe he will answer, but we also follow up such prayers with practical deeds and the teaching of morals to our people,” he said.
In his remarks, the Gbong Gwom Jos challenged Nigerians to return to God as that was the only way to solve the country’s present problems.
Speaking further, he said that the Sultan’s visit would further strengthen the brotherly relationship that existed between the two monarchs.