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Sultan urges N/Assembly to resolve indigene-settler issue

By Taye Obateru

Jos – The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged the National Assembly to resolve the indigene-settler issue which has been a cause of disturbances in parts of the country in the proposed review of the 1999 Constitution.

He made the call while receiving members of the Prince Bola Ajibola Commission of Inquiry into November 28 Disturbances in parts of Jos who visited him in Sokoto.

A statement signed by the Media Coordinator to the commission, Harris Dawurang, quoted the Sultan as saying the minorities in such areas often suffered injustices that should be addressed in the interest of lasting peace.

He said peace was key to development as it also fosters good governance.

The Sultan who prayed for the commission’s success in finding solution to frequent ethno-religious crises urged members to do all within their power to unearth the cause of the crisis.

“People need to know what actually happened during the crisis, so that justice will be done,” he was quoted as saying.

Sultan Abubakar regretted the relegation of the traditional institution in the scheme of things at all levels of governance despite their important role in society.

Commission Chairman, Prince Bola Ajibola explained that members chose to visit him to seek advice on its assignment in recognition of his eminent position as co-chair of the Nigeria Inter Religious Committee (NIREC).

He commended the Sultan’s commitment to religious  and social harmony and development in the country and wished him a long reign.


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