Nigeria Cannot Survive Another Civil War Says Sultan
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Wednesday, cautioned Nigerians against making the mistakes that plunged Nigeria into 30 months civil war.
Abubakar, who said that the country would not be able to survive another civil war, added that it was necessary for every Nigerian to work towards peaceful coexistence.
The monarch spoke while delivering his keynote address at the Traditional Rulers’ Day during the ongoing Rivers State Golden Jubilee celebration with the theme, “Traditional Institution in Nigeria and the Challenge of Re-engineering Viable Local Economies.”
He said, “Nigeria is just above 50 years and had fought a civil war. We must understand that Nigeria cannot survive another Civil War. Therefore, Nigerians should work against repeating such mistakes that led us to that Civil War.”
Explaining that traditional institution had been in existence before Nigeria was created, Abubakar maintained that Nigerians had what it takes to bring the best out of the country.
He urged politicians not to see the traditional institution as a threat, but they should work with it (traditional institution) to develop the country.
“The traditional institution was already here before Nigeria came into existence. When the colonial masters came, they saw a well organised traditional institution and that was why most parts of the country were ruled by them through the traditional rulers.
“The traditional institution in Nigeria has what it takes to bring the best out of our communities and our country. The politicians should not see the traditional institution as a threat, rather they should work with us,” he stressed.
The Sultan of Sokoto charged monarchs in Rivers State to be supportive of the state government’s policies for the growth of the state.
He hailed the state government’s commitment towards the completion of the modern traditional rulers’ complex within six months.