By Mukwuzi Joseph
The Sultan of Sokoto and President of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III has cried out over the state of things in the country.
In his speech during the 3rd Conference of the Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN), an amalgamation of about 52 Da’awa groups in Gombe, the Sultan said things are not getting better as there is high cost of living and increased insecurity in the country.
“We must tell ourselves the home truth and stop deceiving ourselves that things are getting better. The truth is, things are not getting better. Therefore, the earlier we know things are not getting better the better for us, so that we can sit down and find means and ways of solving our problems.
“We must work hard to tackle the insecurity, hunger, poverty and all the negative things afflicting our great country. We have problems, yes we know we have problems and I have said it before that things are not just normal and right in this country, but we can make things normal and right by Allah’s wish, so we have to work hard.
“People are suffering and we have few people that have so much and too many people that have nothing, yet we are not helping the poor.”
The Sokoto Monarch called for adequate food supply and store, so as to sell at a much subsidised rate to the common man. According to him, without food, the country cannot experience peace, security and development.
“And without development we are just a bunch of people sitting down.”