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Sultan an institution that must be jealously protected – Shettima

Vice President Kashim Shettima has described the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, as an institution that must be jealously guarded and protected.

Shettima stated this following an alarm raised by the Executive Director of the Muslim Rights Council (MURIC), Prof. Isiaq Akintola, that the Sokoto government was allegedly plotting to depose the Sultan.

In a statement, Monday, Akintola said Nigerian Muslims would reject any thought of deposing the Sultan after the state governor, Ahmed Aliyu, deposed 15 traditional rulers for various offences.

Speaking at the ongoing North West Peace & Security Summit in Katsina State, Shettima told the Sokoto government that the Sultan is much more than a monarch, saying that he represents an idea.

The vice president said the Sultan and other traditional rulers in the country need to jealousy guard, promote, and preserve the growth of our nation.

He said, “In all developmental issues in this country, His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, I want to use him as a point of reference to recognise and appreciate all our royal fathers present here.

“And to the deputy governor of Sokoto, I have a simple message for you, Yes, the Sultan is the Sultan of Sokoto, but he is much more than that; he represents an idea, he is an Institution, that all of us in this country need to jealousy guard, protect, promote, preserve and project for the growth of our nation.”

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