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Sultan demand end to immunity for Nigeria politicians

Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, has called for the removal of the immunity clause in the constitution for Nigerian politicians.

The Sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, stated this in Birnin Kebbi, on Tuesday, at the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the Constitution Review organised by the House of Representatives for Stakeholders from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.

Addressing stakeholders at the zonal constitutional review in Kebbi, President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, said the removal of the clause will compel leaders to live up to their responsibilities.

He also advocated a constitutional role for traditional rulers, saying it was time Nigerians talk frankly on how they want the country managed.

The Sultan attributed the crisis in the country to the relegation of traditional rulers as they were given no constitutional role to play.

According to the Sultan, before the Nigerian nation came into being in 1914, the traditional institution had existed.

He said: “One of the controversial issues, which I feel strongly about is the immunity clause. When you are immune, nobody can take you to court as a leader and it means that you can do whatever you want to do. You can claim to be God.

“But when that immunity is removed and you are made to live in a society where people are taken to court for abuse of office, I think our leaders here will wake up. Let us see how to tinker with that immunity clause.

“Will it be better to give immunity to a few people or remove the immunity so that all of us will be equal? It is another food for thought. So, please don’t hold back, speak your mind on how you want this country to move on.”

The Sultan, who is also the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, stated this in Birnin Kebbi, on Tuesday, at the North West Zonal Public Hearing on the Constitution Review organised by the House of Representatives for Stakeholders from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara.

Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, also advocated for the use of Hijab by Muslim women, without restrictions and in total observance of the freedom of religion in the country.

Mr Abubakar wondered why the wearing of the Hijab would be a problem for others who were not using it, stressing that the other religions could also be encouraged to adopt what their religions ordered them to do.
“The most important issue is the issue of religion. Almighty God created us to worship Him and you must protect my rights as a Muslim, in whatever documents you are going to bring and there are no two ways about it.

“I must have freedom to worship Allah the way Almighty says I should worship Him. So, why do people make too much noise about Shariah and its implementation?
“It is all about our lives as Muslims from the day of our birth till we die.
So, look at the way to protect the interests of Muslims that constitute over 50 per cent of this nation’s population. Whether in the North, East,
South or West.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, also campaigned for Muslim women to wear Hijab without limits and in full compliance with the country’s religious freedom.

The Sultan of Sokoto, a retired military officer now the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs questioned why the Hijab would be an issue for those who did not wear it, emphasizing that people of other faiths might be encouraged to do what their beliefs required.
“The problem of religion is the most essential thing. There are no two ways about it: Almighty God created us to worship Him, and you must defend my rights as a Muslim in whatever paperwork you present.

Sa’ad Abubakar III, has also pushed for Muslim women to be able to wear the hijab without restrictions and in complete accordance with the country’s religious freedom.

The Sultan of Sokoto, a retired military officer and Nigeria’s former Defence Attaché to Pakistan is the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. He questioned why the Hijab would be a problem for those who did not wear it, pointing out that people of other faiths might be encouraged to do what their beliefs required.

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