By Musa Ba Annabi
Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state has re-affirmed that no group of people, no matter their religious affiliation or tribe can arrogate the leadership of Nigeria to themselves to the exclusion of other people of the country.
The Governor made the observation on Friday when he received the National President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev, Ayokunle Samson Olasupo who paid him a courtesy visit at the Council Chamber of Government House, Sokoto.
According to Governor Tambuwal, the leadership of Nigeria is mutually complimentary as Nigeria belongs to every Nigerian, and no one would send one out of the country, hence the need to remain together for the betterment of the country.
He maintained that the kind of leadership the country needs is one that would understand the issues of diversities and inclusive in approach to governance, without tribal or religious sentiments.
Tambuwal pointed out that both Islam and Christianity have been coexisting even before the union of the country came into existence, Gov. Tambuwal also added “those who know history said Christianity and Islam belong to the same root,” stressing that “Jerusalem and Damascus” were examples of places where the two religions are being practiced side by side.
”There is need for us to continue practicing the teaching of the two religions as ordained by God,” he said, emphasizing that “if we go by the real teachings of the two religions, there wouldn’t be friction or any reason to fight one another.
He commended the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and the CAN President for their efforts in preaching peace and unity in the country, indicating that Sokoto state is home to every Nigerian irrespective of religious, tribal or ethnic differences.
He explained that in pursuance of this objective of unity, all children of other Nigerians resident in the state who attend public schools are exempted from paying fees just as the indigenes of the state enjoy free education.
Tambuwal also added that in line with this education policy, in the area of health too, the State government’s Zakkat and Waqaf Commission pick the medical bills of indigent Nigerians resident in the state side by side those of the less privileged state indigenes.
In his remarks, the CAN President, Rev. Olasupo said he was in the state to interact with the Sultanate, the government and people of Sokoto state so as to find ways to overcome the security challenges being faced in the country.
Calling on Muslins and Christians to live in harmony, Rev. Olasupo condoled the people of the state over the loss of lives occasioned by the unfortunate incident of bandits attacks in some communities of the state.
He expressed appreciation to the state government for its giant stride in providing security in the state.