Insecurity: Convene national dialogue, Sultan tells Buhari

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The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to convoke a national dialogue over the rising insecurity and disunity.

Sultan made the call on Thursday at the third quarterly meeting of the Nigeria Inter-religious Council when expressing concern about the growing mutual distrust among ethnic nationalities.

His word, “It’s important we sit together and discuss the issues that concern this nation. Most times, we meet at NIREC, discuss issues and arrive at conclusion. Unfortunately, people would go about and be doing otherwise, particularly preaching hatred and violence. We must be truthful to one another. What is so difficult in the president organising a dialogue that would have in attendance impressive participation of the traditional rulers, opinion leaders, market leaders, elderstatesmen and every person that has something to contribute?

“If such a meeting is eventually convoked, we should look ourselves eyeball-to-eyeball and tell ourselves the truth. We shouldn’t be afraid of such conversation again because things are deteriorating. Dialogue is the best approach because whatever cannot be achieved through dialogue will remain unachieved with violence. It’s time we rise up and look beyond ethnic and religious sentiments, and tell ourselves the truth that what is happening in Nigeria is not right and make suggestions on the way forward.”

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