The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has expressed worry over the unnecessary tension created by politicians in the build up to the 2019 general elections.
The Sultan, who spoke at the second general assembly of the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace (IDFP) in Abuja yesterday condemned the way some clerics predict the winners of elections, saying the trend could cause a crisis, especially if the proclaimed candidate loses.
According to him, since religious leaders know that power comes from God, they should pray that their preferred candidates win rather than sell out to vote seekers.
He said: “As religious leaders, we should be careful about what we say to our followers in churches and mosques, bearing in mind that we will all, one day, stand before Allah and account for our deeds. We should never allow ourselves to be used by any political party or candidate. If you want to support any party or candidates, do it personally.
“Religious leaders should preach love for one another and do whatever they do with the fear of God. President Buhari has given assurances that the elections will be free and fair. But are the security agencies and politicians ready?”