The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, says piety and repentance remained the only plausible solutions to the current economic recession in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Abubakar spoke in Sokoto on Wednesday during the special distribution of N9 million worth of items to widows, orphans and other indigent people.
The ceremony was organised by the state Zakkat and Endowment Committee as part of events lined up to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sultan on the throne.
Abubakar admonished both Muslims and Christians to live according to the dictates of their Holy Scriptures.
The sultan further called for more proactive measures to prevent the frequent cases of kidnapping in the nation.
Abubakar canvassed for measures by the governments at all levels to cushion the sufferings of Nigerians.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal described the 10 years of the sultan on the throne as unprecedented, remarkable and historic.
Tambuwal said that the sultan remained an epitome of peace, unity and a bridge builder in Nigeria and beyond.
Also speaking, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II, also extolled the existing cordial relations between Kano Emirate and the Sultanate Council of Sokoto.
Sanusi further described the sultan as a Father to all Nigerians, both Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
In his remark, the Chairman, State Zakkat and Endowment Committee, Alhaji Lawal Maidoki, said that no fewer than 270 persons would benefit from the gesture.
He enumerated the items to be distributed to include 100 bags of rice, 50 grinding machines, 50 sewing machines, 50 freezers and 50 mattresses.
NAN also reports that a special prayer session for sustainable peace and unity in the state and Nigeria in general was earlier conducted at the Sultan Bello Mosque in Sokoto.
The prayer session was conducted by the Sarkin Malaman Sokoto, Sheikh Buhari Sirriddawa.