The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said that the economic recession currently being experienced in Nigeria and other parts of the world, is ordained by God.
The Sultan made the assertion in Sokoto yesterday during activities to mark his 10th coronation anniversary.
“The only solution to this is for us to show piety and repent. It is ordained by God”, Abubakar III, who also doubles as President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), said.
The 10th coronation anniversary commenced with the distribution of items worth N9 million to 270 widows, orphans and other indigent persons at a ceremony organised by the Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Committee.
The Sultan also admonished Christians and Muslims in the country to live their lives according to the dictates of their Holy Scriptures.
The Head of Nigerian Muslims, also urged for more proactive measures to prevent the frequent cases of kidnapping.
He called for more beneficial measures to be taken by governments at all levels, to cushion the suffering of Nigerians.
In his remarks, Governor Aminu Tambuwal described as unprecedented, the 10 years of Sultan Abubakar on the throne, noting that it had been “remarkable and historic”.
“He is an epitome of peace, unity and a bridge builder in Nigeria and beyond”, Tambuwal pointed out.
Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, extolled the existing cordial relations between the Kano Emirate and the Sultanate Council of Sokoto.
Sanusi described the Sultan as a father to all Nigerians, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
The Sokoto State Zakkat and Endowment Committee Chairman, Alhaji Lawal Maidoki, listed the items distributed as 100 bags of rice, 50 grinding machines, 50 sewing machines, 50 freezers and 50 mattresses.
A special prayer session presided over by the Sarkin Malaman Sokoto, Sheikh Buhari Sirriddawaý for sustainable peace and unity in the state and Nigeria, was conducted at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Sokoto.