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Sokoto Govt warns MURIC to remain apolitical, denies plot to dethrone Sultan

Sokoto State Government has reacted to the malicious publication credited to the Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) alleging a plan to dethrone the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

Statement issued by Abubakar Bawa, Press Secretary to Sokoto State Governor, stated that the state government wondered how a responsible  body like MURIC, claiming to be protecting the rights of the Muslims would descend so low and cheaply as to join hands with deluded mischief makers and enemies of progress to  fabricate such a false and unsubstantiated  story just to create an unfriendly atmosphere and fear in the minds of the law-abiding and peaceful citizens of the state.

“We believe that MURIC is not the type that will be dancing to   the  tunes of enemies and mischief makers who are trying to take away the attention of the good people of Sokoto state and Nigerians  on the transformative initiatives taking place in Sokoto State over the last one year.

“We also like to assure  MURIC that the present administration just like the previous administrations in the state cherishes and respects the Sultanate Council long before MURIC was established.

“The Sultanate Council, which has a long standing historical importance is so  revered to all the people of Sokoto State, therefore we still hold the  institution in very high regards and esteem.

“This is not the first time stories such as this  were fabricated to show that all is not well between the  state government and the Sultanate Council, as some few months back we had a similar obnoxious story which the state government categorically condemned and denied in whole.

“From the look of things, those nefarious  detractors and distracting enemies of progress have not relented in their failed efforts  to smear the cordial relationship existing between the state government and the Sultanate Council.

“MURIC should have cared to find out if there was ever any query, warning or any threatening documents served on the sultan by the state government.

“We equally like to remind MURIC that promoting Islamic affairs is the second item on the Ahmed Aliyu’s nine-point Smart Agenda,therefore Islam means so much to the present administration, coupled with the fact that Sokoto being the Seat of the Caliphate, is a 100 per cent Muslim-dominated society.

“It is on record that no administration in the history of Sokoto State has done to Islam what the present administration has done in just one year. This we  say without any fear of contradictions.

“Therefore, for any one to think that the present administration could engage in acts or actions that could jeopardize the development of  Islam is not only unfair but unjustifiable.

“To put the records straight, we would like to tell the world that the relationship between the Ahmed Aliyu-led administration and the Sultanate Council under the leadership of our most respected monarch, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has been very cordial.

“The present administration always consulted  with His Eminence, the Sultan on issues affecting the state, and his invaluable contributions and inputs are always respected and included in policy implementation.

“On the issue of sacking and transfer of some District Heads in Sokoto State, MURIC should know that the affected District Heads were  accused of some unbecoming behaviours,such as  land racketeering, aiding insecurity as well as  insubordination to the constituted authority.

“In order to give them fair hearing the committee summoned all the affected District Heads, after which it came up with a white paper report, advising the government on what to do. And it was based on that and also in the public interest  that the state government acted in conformity with the recommendations made by the white paper committee.

“It is equally important for MURIC to note that nobody is above the law, therefore,the sacked District Heads are just reaping what they saw, and that the action taken by the Sokoto State Government was indisputably in the best public interest.”

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