Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, in a recent statement apparently to the Youths in the North, said that if anyone is planning to attack any Igbo residing in the northern part of Nigeria, such attack should be directed at him first.
“If anybody or group of persons plans negative attack on Igbo, he or they should attack me first because I am against the so-called ultimatum issued by the Arewa youths that Igbo should leave the north,” he said.
The Sultan said this during a sallah visit by the world Igbo union leader, Dr. Mishack Nnanta, accompanied by resident Igbo chiefs at his palace in Sokoto.
He noted that restructuring to his understanding does not mean galvanizing or dividing Nigeria, but making “adjustments here and there for equal accommodation of all and sundry in Nigeria for equity and fair play religiously, socially and economically.”
He noted further that agitation by some people for disintegration “cannot solve any of the problems facing the country” and that “dividing it into many parts is not the solution for the married of problems bedevilling the nation because this will lead to towns and villages clamouring to become independent.”
According to him, the way forward was a round-table dialogue and not carrying arms which eventually would never lead to peace.
Although he allegedly agreed that there were genuine complaints that border on marginalization, he however added that the way out was peaceful resolution.
He blamed Nigeria’s politicians for most of the problems facing the nation.
“They come to you during campaigns, promise you heaven in your house, air conditions on all roads and milk entering your mouth hourly without any effort from you. As soon as they win and go to Abuja, they start planning comfort for themselves while those from the rural areas move to state capitals, abandoning those who voted them,” he lamented.