Scrap minority: Everyone should be equal in Nigeria – Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has made strong case for minorities in Nigeria.

The Sultan is canvassing for better treatment for minorities in the country so as ensure Nigeria becomes a just, equitable and peaceful society.

Abubakar, also urged Nigerian Muslims to live in unity, saying “The strength of any group in the world is unity and not disunity.”

He warned the Nigerian government to desist from hiding under the pretext of majority, religion or ethnicity to cheat others.

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The Sultan made the call at the foundation laying ceremony of a mosque in the palace of the Attah of Ayede Ekiti, Oba Mumini Adebayo Orisagbemi.

The Sultan said the event was significant because “This is the first time a Muslim Oba is on the throne.

“This is the first time a Muslim minority in Ekiti will receive and play host to the leader of the Nigerian Muslim Ummah.

“Since the inception of Islam, Muslims have always lived as minorities in any new environment they found themselves.

“After they settle down, through their display of unity and positive contributions, they become the majority.

“When Prophet Muhammad and his companions were forced to migrate from Makkah to Madinah for, they were in the minority.

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“They were in the minority when they established the world’s first Islamic democratic government.

“That government was headed by the Prophet in the city of Madinah.

“And if we look critically at the world today, we shall discover that the most active Muslim population is in the West.

“There, Muslims are in the minority.

“This confirms that people in the minority are more active because they enjoy unity and cooperation in the face of threat,” the Sultan said.