The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar has blamed a rotten Nigerian system as the reason for the ongoing agitations in the country. The Sultan said this yesterday at his palace in Sokoto when he received Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike, who paid him a Sallah visit.
He said: “In the past, a lot of things were done by some people with impunity and nothing was done.
“That is why you find lack of good governance now weighing us down now in the country.
“However, as it is now, no matter how bad your hand is, you cannot cut it and throw away.”
Abubakar advised that dialogue should be used to resolve all the misunderstandings and problems in the country.
He urged Nigerians to sit together, brainstorm, look at what went wrong, retrace our steps and move forward.
The Sultan recalled that Nigeria is not short of statesmen. He therefore asked them to assist in this direction and help in championing the dialogue.
“We should not allow sentiments to rule our heads. Nigeria is a very big and lucky country and we have no any other nation we can call our own.
“We should love one another irrespective of any religious, ethnic or cultural differences,” Abubakar said.
Governor Wike however assured the royal father that the people and government of Rivers believed in the indivisibility of Nigeria.
“Rivers and its people believe in the oneness and unity of Nigeria and that is our stand.
“The Sultan is a father to all Nigerians and he is a peace builder in Nigeria and beyond.
“We have also been friends with (Governor Aminu) Tambuwal since and before his emergence as Speaker House of Representatives and this will be sustained in spite of party differences,” Wike averred.
Governor Tambuwal, who accompanied Wike to see the Sultan in his palace, said the visit would not have come at a better time than now that the country is in troubled waters.
Nevertheless, he restated his belief in the unity of Nigeria.