Don’t incite war, Sultan cautions religious leaders

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III said on Tuesday that unguarded statements by some religious leaders could mislead their followers into war.

Abubakar gave the warning while addressing some Sokoto residents, heads of security agencies, religious leaders and journalists during a Ramadan dinner held at his palace on Monday night.

The monarch cited a publication credited to some Christian leaders titled, “If Leah Sharibu dies in the hand of Boko Haram, there will be a religious war in the country,”  saying such utterances were irresponsible.

He reminded such religious leaders that “terrorism has no connection to religion or ethnicity.’’

Abubakar added that in the event that the girl was killed by the terrorists, the Christian leaders that made the comment must be held for complicity.

“How can a leader make such a comment?’’ he queried, stressing that Muslims did not, in any way, connive with Boko Haram to abduct the girl or get others released.

The Sultan reminded such Christian leaders that more Muslims had been killed by Boko Haram than Christians, “which even the former President Goodluck Jonathan testified to.’’

“For some section to make that comment that if she dies in the hand of Boko Haram, there will be a religious war is very unfair.”

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