The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has advised traditional rulers to steer clear of politics.
The Sultan said this on Saturday in Sokoto, at the turbaning of three new district heads and two traditional title holders in Sokoto.
Among those turbaned were Alhaji Bala Abubakar III, the state’s Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Commissioner for Budget, who became the Durunbun Sokoto. Alhaji Sa’idu Maccido, the immediate past Director of Information in the state’s Ministry of Information, who was turbaned as the Dan-Buram Sokoto.
Abubakar, who was represented by the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Ilyasu Bashar, said that traditional rulers should be fathers to all, irrespective of any religious, ethnic or political differences, adding that being in a leadership position is being entrusted with something 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 appealed to Nigerians to collectively and fervently pray for sustained peace and unity in the country.