Auchi (Edo) – The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Thursday called on Muslims and Christians to come together to end insurgency in the country.
Abubakar made the call at the opening ceremony of the 29th National Qur’anic Recitation Competition in Auchi, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo.
“What is happening to our brothers in the Northern parts of the country is bad and we must come together to find an end to this insurgency,’’ he said.
He said that those perpetuating evil under the name of Islam had dented the image of the religion.
“As Muslims, we must all stand and counter this violence that has dented the image of Islam.
“Islam stands for peace, people doing so many things in the name of Islam should look inward and repent,’’ he said.
The sultan urged religious leaders to continue to pray for the peace and unity of the country.
“Religious leaders should continue to pray for our leaders because if you don’t pray for them, they will do the wrong thing, but if you pray for them, they will do the right thing.’’
Gov. Adams Oshiomhole of Edo urged those hiding under the name of religion to commit crime to desist from it, saying that “violence does not pay’’.
He said his administration would continue to support and promote Islam and Christian studies in the state.
“The studies of the Bible and the Quran will give knowledge on our ways of life and peace will flow in our country.
The event was organised by the Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto.
The event will end on Jan. 17. (NAN)