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Religion: Nigeria is neither Islamic nor Christian State – Sultan



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The President of Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III has declared that Nigeria is neither an Islamic State nor a Christian State.

He urged Nigerians to understand the pluralism of the country and respect each other.

He noted that the nation is also not a Judaism religion, but said the fear of God should be sancrosant in whatever religion one practices as the judgement of God is unavoidable.

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According to him, it was good a thing that freedom of religious worship was constitutionally enshrined, while appealing that the issue of hijab should not be a problem anywhere.

He spoke in Sokoto while commissioning the State remodelled High Court Complex on Monday.

The Islamic leader told officials of the judiciary to ensure justice is served, noting that, it is the foundation of any society.

He decried corruption in Nigeria which he noted brought about banditry, kidnapping and all forms of heinous crimes.

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In his earlier speech at the event, the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami said the independence of the judiciary is boosted with sound welfare, hence the propensity to deliver more when peoples morals is improved upon.

Malami who noted that the judiciary forms great catalysts to modern day democracy, confirmed, “that Governor Amimu Waziri Tambuwal has indeed exhibited quality leadership in Sokoto State.”

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He lauded governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal for his commitment to the welfare of Judiciary workers in Sokoto State having approved payment of benefits for retirees of Judiciary from 1999 till date.

On his part, the State Chief Judge, Justice Muhammed Saidu Sifawa, pointed out that the renovation of the over 45 years old High Court Complex is second to none in Nigeria of today.


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