The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III was in Benin City for an Islamic conference.
Abubakar also hailed Pope Francis’ statement where the later described Islam a religion of peace.
On the hijab controversy, the Sultan defended Osun State’s stance saying the constitution allows it.
He stated that putting on hijab is a right and not a privilege for Muslims across the nation.
“Hijab is our right not a privilege. It is not a favor to us. It is our right.
“And we hold on to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria that guarantees freedom of worship.
“That is why we don’t disturb anybody who wants to go and worship the way he wants.
“Nigeria is a multi-religious state, not a singular state.
“And being a multi-religious state, we must allow the various religions to go on.
“But we must not trample on each other’s right.
“In other words, I must be allowed to practice my religion the way I believe as ordered me by the Holy Quran and nothing else.
“So when we get this done, the issue of hijab will be settled.
“I believe is our right, not a privilege, unless the Constitution is changed.
“Those bad people among us, like in other religions, we should pick them out and teach them the tenets of Islam.
“If they refuse to change, that is their own problem.
“We will meet with the creator on the judgment day.
“In any society, there are many terribly bad people.
“So many, who are not Muslims but carry out criminal activities with some Muslim organizations in America, France and even in Nigeria.
“Those people doing negative things should be called criminals or terrorists but not Muslims.
“I’ve never heard of Christian terrorists but we have heard of so many Christians who committed heinous crimes against humanity.
“But they didn’t claim to do it for their religions and we did not hold them against their religions,” the Sultan said.