From Rashidat AbdulRahman Minna
The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Alhaji Dr. Muhammedu Sa’ad Abubakar, has sympathized with the people of Kaduna and all Muslims over the loss of more than 100 lives in the recent incident that took place in Tudun Biri, promising that he will seek justice for it.
The Sultan stated this at the 2023 Jama’atu Nasril Islam annual central council meeting held on Monday at Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Hall, Minna.
He also noted that the annual meeting being hosted in Niger State is a historic assembly, a depature from the tradition of hosting it in Kaduna.
“The hosting of our annual meeting will be rotating from now onwards. This will enable us understand our people,” he said.
Also speaking, the Minister for Information and National Orientation, Hon. Idris Mohammed disclosed that President Bola Tinubu has also sent a delegation led by the Vice President, Kashim Shettima to commiserate, sympathise, and empathise with the people and government of Kaduna state, especially the inhabitants of Tudun Biri who were affected by the unfortunate incident.
He also explained that the President has approved the commencement of the Fulako Initiative in which the Federal Government will build houses, clinics, schools, veterinary hospitals, empowerment initiatives, solar energy, and so on, as part of a non-kinetic response to the problems of banditry and kidnapping in the north.
According to him, “Fulako Initiative is President Tinubu’s unique humanitarian response to the effects of banditry in our communities and will be implemented in Zamfara, Kebbi, Katsina, Kaduna, Niger and Benue states.”
In his remarks, the Niger State Governor, Mohammed Umaru Bago, who was represented by his Deputy, Comrade Yakubu Garba reiterated his commitment to collaborating with religious leaders in fostering unity, understanding and harmony within the country.
“Your voices resonate deeply with the people, and your influence extends beyond places of worship. It is a call for support from religious leaders that can truly guide our nation toward a path of shared values and mutual respect,” the Governor said.
“In this noble pursuit of unity, cooperation with the government becomes paramount and we are committed to working hand in hand with religious leaders to create an environment that promotes peace and understanding,” Governor Bago added.
Governor Bago expressed appreciation to the Sultan for his immense contributions and leadership style, which according to him, has been a source of inspiration and guidance to the state and nation at large.
Earlier in his welcome address, the chief host, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar CFR, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman of Niger State Council of Chiefs advised all Muslims in the country to live in peace, and commended the Niger State Government for hosting of the programme.
Also speaking, the Secretary General, JNI, Professor Khalid Aliyu said the dedication of JNI to building unity among Muslims organisations in Nigeria is a beacon of hope and echoes its committment to education and preservation of Muslims rights under the pristine principle of Islam.
The Secretary General of JNI noted that the annual gathering of the central council comprises royal fathers, Islamic scholars and cleric JNI representatives and is the pinnacle decision making body of the organization.