THE Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, on Wednesday, distributed materials worth about N9 million to 200 widows and orphans as part of activities marking his 10 years on the throne.
At the event, where special prayers were said for him, the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) called for measures against rising cases of kidnapping in the country.
He also urged government at all levels to take measures to lessen the suffering of Nigerians in the face of the ongoing recession.
The Amirul Mumineen called on leaders in the different capacities to fear Allah and work for the benefit of their people.
He condoled with the victims of malaria outbreak in Sokoto and other parts of the country and prayed Allah to rest the souls of those who lost their lives to the disease.
On his 10 years on throne, he said this was a time for sober reflection as he was not sure if the Almighty Allah would spare him to witness another 10 years.
“We are not celebrating but rather this is a period for thanking Almighty Allah for sparing us to witness today and to pray for His continued mercy, and guidance for the unity and prosperity of this nation.
“We should also continue to pray for our leaders to be able to deliver on their mandates,” he said
He admonished all Nigerians, Muslim or Christian, to lead godly lives for their own benefit in this life and the next.
In his keynote address, the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, described the Sultan as a bridge builder and promoter of peace and unity.
Speaking with journalists after the prayers, the Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, noted that in the past 10 years, the Sultan had proved himself as a peace advocate in the country and beyond.