Sultan of Sokoto urges Nigerians to pray, repent to overcome economic hardship

Friday Ajagunna
Friday Ajagunna
Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar

The Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad III, has said the current difficulties in Nigeria were a direct consequence of people straying from the worship of God urging Nigerians to return to God in prayers.

Delivering a message at the grand opening of a Jum’ah Mosque in Guzape, Abuja, the Sultan attributed the intensifying hardship faced by many Nigerians to a perceived deviation from the path of God.

“If anyone departs from the worship of God, definitely God will not look on his side, this is evident in many places in the Holy Qur’an. We will continue to give genuine advice to the government,” he said.

The Mosque was built by the Jama’atu Izalatil Bidi’a Wa’kamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS).

Represented by a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Yayale Ahmed, the Sultan said: “Everyone knows the situation in Nigeria right now but the solution is to go back to seek divine intervention and prayers. However, we should not supplicate for eye service but for genuine supplication, because the Lord has said that after hardship, there is relief.”

At the event, the Chairman of the Council of Scholars of JIBWIS, Sheikh Sani Yahaya Jingir, extended the call for moral rectitude beyond religious circles.

He advised Nigerian judges to eschew corruption and implored public officeholders to uphold truthfulness and transparency in the execution of their duties.

The gathering witnessed the presence of prominent figures, including Vice President Kashim Shettima, Chief of Staff to the President Femi Gbajabiamila, National Security Adviser Malam Nuhu Ribadu, former Minister of Communications and Digital Economy Isa Ali Pantami, as well as former governors and senators.

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