Nigerian imams decry alleged move to downgrade Sultan of Sokoto

Nigerian imams decry alleged move to downgrade Sultan of Sokoto
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The Council of Imams and Ulama in Kaduna State has expressed strong opposition to a reported move that could diminish the authority of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.

The council’s Secretary, Dr Yusuf Arrigasiyyu, who spoke at a media briefing on Sunday in Kaduna, condemned the attempt to “degrade or undermine the esteemed office” of the Sultan.

He described the Sultanate as a symbol of “collective identity and heritage” for Nigerian Muslims, transcending state boundaries.

The statement read: “We stand in solidarity with His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and criticise any attempt to degrade or undermine the esteemed office.

“The Sultanate represents the collective identity and heritage of Nigerian Muslims, transcending state boundaries.

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“We view any assault on the Sultanate as an attack on our collective dignity and faith.

“We urge all parties involved to sheath their swords and embrace peace, recognising the Sultanate’s pivotal role in promoting unity, understanding, and harmony among Muslims and Nigerians.

“We call on the authorities to respect the Sultanate’s sanctity and historical significance, ensuring its continued role as a beacon of guidance and wisdom,” he said.

The Sultan of Sokoto is the spiritual leader of Nigerian Muslims and holds significant social and cultural influence across the nation.

The Sokoto Caliphate, established in the early 19th century, remains a powerful symbol for many Nigerians.

However, the role of the Sultan has evolved over time, with some questioning its relevance in a modern context.

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