The Sultan of Sokoto and President of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has said that nobody can islamise Nigeria.
The monarch allayed fears in some quarters that there was a grand plan to turn Nigeria into an Islamic State.
He argued that no country survives a religious war and as such, Christians and Muslims in Nigeria must imbibe the culture of peace and peaceful co-existence.
The Sultan also appealed to Christians and Muslims across the world to desist from making comments insinuating that anyone was out to Islamise Nigeria.
He also stressed the need for Nigerians to set aside ethno-religious differences and be committed towards peace and development of the nation.
While noting that both Christians and Muslims have always lived together since Nigeria’s amalgamation, Alhaji Abubakar recommended dialogue as the best option to address some of the socio-political challenges in the country.
On his part, Governor Nasir El-Rufai decried the series of crises that have erupted in Kaduna State over the years, which he said have divided the state along religious lines.
He noted that religion that was supposed to be used for spiritual upliftment, has been turned into a tool for division in the hands of religious leaders.