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Christians, not only persecuted but slaughtered as well – FFK tells sokoto sultan.


The Sultan of Sokoto while speaking at the closing ceremony of 77th annual Islamic vacation course (IVC) organised by the Muslim Society of Nigeria (MSSN) at Bayero University Kano, said a recent claim by CAN on Christians being prosecuted is “false and partial”.

(Read first story from CAN to Sultan)

The Sultan said, “If such persecution really exists, such is supposed to be tabled at the Interfaith Forum where Muslims and Christians leaders meet periodically to discuss issues that would promote harmonious coexistence between the two religions. Many Fulanis are atheists whose main interest is to protect their cattle.”


Reacting to the statement of the Sultan on Thursday, Fani-Kayode wrote: “It is a lie to say Christians are being persecuted in Nigeria”-Sultan of Sokoto.

“With respect to your Majesty, you are wrong. To say that Christians are being persecuted in Nigeria is actually an understatement. They are not just being persecuted, they are being slaughtered.


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Islamisation agenda: Don’t tell lies – CAN attack Sultan of Sokoto.

… Christians are being persecuted


Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has dismissed claim by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, that Christians were not under any form of persecution in the country.

According to CAN, the monarch was insincere in denying the subtle Islamisation agenda and nepotism.


The Sultan had said he was shocked by the claim of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that Christians were being persecuted in the country.

CAN had backed the inclusion of Nigeria by the US in the list of nations that tolerate religious persecution.


But speaking at the closing ceremony of 77th annual Islamic vacation course (IVC) organised by the Muslim Society of Nigeria (MSSN) at Bayero University, Kano, Abubakar said CAN’s claim is “false and partial.”

He said the criminal activities perpetrated by armed “Fulani herdsmen” were not triggered by religion, “because not all Fulanis are Muslims.”


He said there were Christian Fulanis just as there were Muslims ones.

Replying, yesterday, Vice Chairman of CAN (Northern Region), Rev. John Hayab, said it was unfortunate that the monarch was not ready to face the reality on ground.


He said evidence which pointed to religious persecution as the basis for the imbalance of political and economic power in the country abound, especially in the north.

Hayab also accused the revered Muslim leader of treating the multiple petitions on religious persecution tabled before the revered Muslim leader at meetings of the Nigerian Interreligious Council, NIREC with indifference.


He said: “With all due respect, we believe the Muslim leader is living in denial on the issue of persecution of Christians in this country. “We have presented several petitions before the Sultan of Sokoto on religious persecution but what has he done? “We brought to his notice in NIREC; the issue of ban on the teaching of Christian Religious Knowledge in secondary schools in the north. What did he do?

“We also presented before him cases where Christians who want to buy land in some northern communities are compelled to sign documents stating that they would not use the property for church activities or for hotel services. What has he done about it. Even the very act of comparing church activities with hotel services is not just a form of persecution but an insult aimed at Christians.


“Is it the issue of cabinet appointments in state executive councils? There are Christians and Muslims among the Fulanis, the Hausas and other minority tribes in the North. But, how many governors can boast of cabinets that are fair and balanced in terms of religious representation? Is the Sultan not aware of the nepotism?

“Similar religious nepotism is also witnessed in the offer of state jobs, admissions into tertiary institutions, and awards of contracts. Does the Sultan of Sokoto not consider these happenings as religious persecution?

“Was he not aware that Leah Sharibu’s was not negotiated by the Federal Government on account of her refusal to renounce her Christian faith? Whereas, the same government activated all its diplomatic resources to ensure the freedom of the daughter of a prominent Muslim faithful accused of drug peddling in Saudi Arabia.”

Hayab regretted that the strides made to downplay religious bias and unite all northerners by the late Sardauna and Premier of the North, Sir Ahmadu Bello, had not been sustained by leaders who came after him. He called on the Sultan of Sokoto and other prominent religious leaders to speak the truth on issues that affect the unity of the country at all times, saying Nigeria would only get better when they do so.


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Sultan, Onitiri – How to avert national crisis.

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad, has cautioned that no nation can grow politically, economically and enjoy peace and unity when its government or influential citizens chose which court order to obey based on how it favours them or their associatesc

Speaking at the 2019 last quarterly meeting of religious leaders under the umbrella of Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC), the Sultan who is the co-chairman, cautioned against the devastating effects of disobedience to court pronouncement and bad precedence it will set for unborn generations.

“We must regularly obey and respect the laws our land. We should never disregard the laws to avoid the consequences. If a court makes a judicial pronouncement on a particular matter, it should be obeyed to the later. If you have any problem or disagree with the pronouncement, the next step is to appeal the pronouncement instead of disregarding or violating court judgments.

“If you are served a court order and you deliberately refused to obey it because you are a Governor, President or any influential person, then you are setting a dangerous precedence. There’s no society that will prosper through lawlessness. Citizens must be law abiding so that we can achieve the desired development.”

He appreciated the role of the religious leaders throughout the year particularly as it concerns the 2019 elections, and challenged to always ensure that outcome of the quarterly meeting of NIREC is properly put to use for the betterment of Nigeria.

In a related development, Chief Adesunbo Onitiri pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to obey the rule of law and the Constitution to avert anarchy.

He said since the DSS is the creation of the Constitution, it must operate within the ambit of the law and the Constitution, which President Buhari swore to protect.

“We the democrats of this country demand that this government must respect and obey our laws and the judiciary. The constitution clearly created a separation of powers between the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary.

“The DSS’s desecration and affront of our Judiciary by arresting Omoyele Sowore in the court is an abbreviation which must be rejected and condemned by all progressives and right-thinking men and women of honour.”

He noted that what the DSS did was an aberration and desecration of Nigeria’s temple of justice.

“Nigerians home and abroad must condemn this lawlessness and a big slap on Nigerians’ faces. We commend the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), in its effort at defending our judiciary. We will not sit back and let our judiciary be intimidated by the executive arm of the Federal Government.”

Warning the DSS against over-running the judiciary, he said: “The judiciary is the last hope of the common man and our democracy. Anyone that wants to assault and desecrate it must be resisted by all legal means. Nigeria should not be turned into a Banana republic. It must at all times be guided and governed by rule of law. It must be vehemently condemned by all patriotic Nigerians.”

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Sultan of sokoto takes it on Buhari, tells him to obey court orders.

…as sowore continued detention gets serious

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has told President Muhammadu Buhari and all those in his regime to obey court orders because according to him failure to do so holds dire consequences.

The Sultan gave the warning while speaking at the 2019 fourth quarter meeting of the Nigeria Inter-religious Council in Abuja.

Abubakar said nobody can decide to disregard the court at will, adding that it would be detrimental to national development.

He said, “We must regularly obey and respect the laws of our land.

“We should never disregard the laws to avoid the consequences.

“If a court makes a judicial pronouncement on a particular matter, it should be obeyed to the letter.

“If you have any problem or disagree with the pronouncement, the next step is to appeal the pronouncement instead of disregarding or violating court judgments.

“If you are served a court order and you deliberately refused to obey it because you are a governor, president or any influential person, then you are setting a dangerous precedent.”

The Nigerian Government has failed to release Omoyele Sowore, disregarding two court orders by two different judges.

Sowore was rearrested at the Federal High Court in Abuja on Friday by operatives of the Department of State Services less than 24 hours after he was released on bail after 125 days in detention.

The invasion of the court and refusal to obey court orders has by President Buhari’s regime has been condemned from around the world.

The government is accusing him of insulting President Muhammadu Buhari and planning to bring down his regime.

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APC drags Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal to court.

…Aliyu and APC calls Tambuwal to court.

The All Progressives Congress (APC), and its Gubernatorial Candidate at the 2019 Gubernatorial Elections in Sokoto State, have appealed the Judgment of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Judicial Division that uphold election victory of Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto state, at the Supreme Court

The Appellants were dissatisfied with the Judgment of the Court on 22nd November, 2019, delivered by the Presiding Justice, Justice Husseini, with the three other Justices concurring. They were Justices M.M.Oniyangi, J.O.K. Oyewole and M.B. Idris

Aliyu and the party had filled an appeal before the Court and challenged the affirmation of the election of the PDP Gubernatorial Candidate, Alhaji Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, by the Tribunal, in a Judgment delivered on 2nd October, 2019.

The Tribunal had dismissed the Petition filed before it by Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu and the APC, for want of merit.

In the Judgment of the Court of Appeal on the Appeal filed by Aliyu and the Party, it affirmed the decision of the Lower Court and dismissed the Appeal for the same lack of merit .

Dissatisfied with the decision of the Court of Appeal, the duo had on Monday, 2nd December, 2019, filed an Appeal against the Judgment of the Court of Appeal, at the Apex Court, the Supreme Court, on 31 grounds.

The Appellants, among others, the learned Justices were wrong to have affirmed the Trial Tribunal’s dismissal of the Appellants’ Petition.

According to the Particulars of Errors as contained in the Notice of Appeal, “the Appellants are entitled to the reliefs sought in the Petition, having proved on the balance of probabilities and preponderance of evidence in it.

“Both the Trial Tribunal and the Lower Court wrongly appraised the case of the Appelants, thereby resolving all the issues against the Appelants.”

Furthermore, in the Notice of Appeal, as contained in ground 31, the Appellants held averred that, “the Judgment is against the weight of the evidence.”

The Appellants are therefore cumulatively seeking four reliefs from the Supreme Court. The first relief seeks an Order allowing the Appeal, the second relief seeks an Order Setting aside the Judgment of the Court of Appeal, Sokoto Judicial Division, while the third relief seeks Such Orders granting the reliefs sought in the Petition No. EPT/SKT/GOV/01/19.

The fourth relief seeks,” Such Other Order(s) that this Honourable Court may deem fit to make . The Supreme Court will soon fix a date to hear the Matter, a source said.

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Sokoto Governor Present Proposed Budget Of N202.4 Billion.

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state on Tuesday presented N202.4 billion as proposed appropriation for 2020 fiscal year to the state House of Assembly for approval.

Tambuwal, while presenting the bill for 2020 proposed expenditure said the amount included a capital expenditure of N122.8 billion, personnel cost of N32.7 billion and overhead cost of N46.8 billion.

The Governor said the budget, tagged: “Budget of Sustained Socio-economic Development and Inclusiveness,” would focus on completion of projects started in 2019 and execution of new ones.

He said the budget was carefully formulated in tandem with the State Government strong desire and commitment to address the fundamental needs of the people in all parts of the State.

“Therefore, I humbly seek the kind collaboration of the Honourable Members as I briefly and summarily highlight some of the provisions and proposals for the incoming year i.e. 2020,“ he said.

According to him, the sectoral allocation for the year 2020 showed that 24 per cent of the proposed total budget would go to education with N47.8. billion followed by Health with N21.9 billion representing 11 per cent and Agriculture with N12.4 billion representing 6.14 per cent.

“The budget will among others focus on completion of the projects started in the preceeding year and ensure prompt execution of new ones in line with the development policy agenda of the present administration.

“It could be recalled that in the year 2019 budget as passed by the Assembly, the sum of N170,802,771,486.00 was earmarked for both Recurrent and Capital Expenditures.

“Despite the economic predicament in the country which also affected the State in recent times, remarkable achievements have been recorded and, we are prepared and determined to achieve more in the subsequent years, God willing.

“Happily, this year is the beginning of our renewed mandate and it is therefore imperative on our part to consolidate on all major achievements, and to as well strive to provide more on the development and general security and welfare of the good people of Sokoto State.

“As a people with full faith in Allah we will continue to pray for more guidance and protection. In the preceding year, the State had been faced with security challenges as a result of banditry activities in some Local Governments areas.

“Moreover, with the co-operation and understanding of the security agencies, the situation has been brought under control and our people are going on with their normal businesses,“he said.

The Governor said it was a turning point in the history of governance in the state that a legislative arm, constituted by majority members from the opposition party to close ranks to work for the purpose of serving the people and advancing the state.

“Mr. Speaker, Honourable Members, I commend you for this exhibition of statesmanship and patriotism over and above partisan considerations.

“This milestone development holds great promise as we poise to take our State to higher levels of development in all sectors.

“I wish to assure the people of Sokoto State that we have laid a solid foundation in our first tenure for greater socio-economic development through a commitment to policies and programmes that have had relevance to the needs and aspirations of our people,“he added.

Tambuwal further explained that the policy thrust of the budget was to ensure sustainable economic development through substantial investment in critical sectors.

He listed the sectors as: education, agriculture, healthcare delivery, exploration of mineral resources, investment in renewable energy and infrastructure.

“We will prioritize effective resources management and seek intervention in areas with high potentials to create job opportunities, generate income and improve revenue generation,“ he said.

The Speaker, Alhaji Aminu Achida assured the Governor of the lawmakers’ commitment to ensure speedy passage of the bill to maintain the frequency of development in the state.

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Governor of sokoto grants 8000 ghost workers amnesty, Dansuki says…

The Sokoto state government has granted amnesty to about 8,000 suspected ghost workers and those collecting abnormal salaries under its payroll.

Alhaji Abdussamad Dasuki, the Finance Commissioner and Acting Chairman, Sokoto state Steering Committee on Integrated Payroll and Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), disclosed this during a news conference, on Thursday, November 28th in Sokoto.

Dasuki said the initiative was to enable civil servants collecting salaries they don’t earn and those engaged in improper practices against regulations to come forward and open up under confidentiality and guaranteed state pardon. He said that the period of the amnesty began from Nov. 27, to end on Dec. 9, 2019, by midnight.

“Government is, therefore, calling on those concerned to avail themselves of this initiative. At the end of this period-appropriate sanctions will be meted out to those found wanting following Civil Service Rules and relevant laws,” he said.

The commissioner added that in the course of the committee’s activities, a lot of wrongdoings were discovered.

“These include suspected ghost workers, wrong computation of salaries, and inappropriate and inflated implementation of salary scales of certain cadres of civil servants. Similarly, civil servants or members of the public with relevant information that can assist in the discovery and/or resolution of problems in the payroll system are invited to approach the committee.

“However, this is with the assurance of confidentiality and reward where appropriate. Those willing to cooperate can contact the committee directly or reach out through the following phone numbers: 08105475900, 08144885521 08106010490,” he said.

According to Dasuki, they can also reach the committee through any of its members, members of the State Executive Council, Special Advisers, Permanent Secretaries or Directors-General, with an equal guarantee of secrecy and appreciation.

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