Sokoto – The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Monday said that God had already chosen who would be leader of the country in 2015.
Abubakar was speaking at the inauguration of Holy Mother and Child Clinic, constructed by the Sokoto Catholic Diocese, to enhance health care delivery in the state.
He said that all that was expected of Nigerians was to live in peace with one another, to enable government to fashion out developmental programmes for the well being of Nigerians.
He also called on leaders to always have the fear of God while discharging their constitutional duties, saying that ” we are going to account for our deeds before God”.
He called for responsible politics in 2015 to ensure free, fair and credible elections and emergence of good democratic leaders that would develop the nation forward.
He said that God had blessed the country with human and mineral resources for the benefit of citizens.
He said that since sickness did not recognise religion, the need for all to unite and fight all illnesses was paramount.
“Mosquitoes do not know religion. They go to the mosques on Fridays and Churches on Sundays to bite people, regardless of their religion. We must unite to fight our common enemy,” he said.
Abubakar stressed that Nigerians needed to keep themselves as brothers, to make the country stronger.
“We can be strong in this country if only we keep ourselves as brothers,” he stressed.
Earlier Gov. Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta had commended the cordial relationship between the Muslims and Christian community in the state.
He said that was possible through the mutual understanding between the two major religions.
He called on Nigerian leaders to accord equal attention to human capital development infrastructure development.
He said that although leaders were assessed by the number of roads and other infrastructure provide, governments should pay similar attention to human capital development from pregnancy.
He challenged elected leaders to give more attention to pregnant women to ensure smooth delivery of expected young Nigerians.
He observed that most programmes of government were not aimed at considering the poor.
“We hardly consider the poor in our programmes. There is the need to have an improved pro-poor programmes instead of such that only consider the middle and upper class of the people,” he said.
Uduaghan donated a new ambulance to the clinic.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, represented by Minister of State for Health, Haliru Alhassan, said that “maternal and child care were the cornerstone of health systems of all nations.
He promised that the Federal Ministry of Health would collaborate with the Diocese for the success of its programmes.
Gov. Aliyu Wamakko commended Bishop Matthew Kukah for his efforts in bridging the gaps in development.(NAN)