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Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has call for the repealing of laws making
it possible for the deposition of any Sultan of Sokoto
Daily Trust reported.

is contained in a statement the Director of MURIC Professor Ishaq
Akintola, while felicitating with the Sultan of Sokoto and
President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs
(NSCIA) Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, on his 10 years of
the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) in a separate
statement signed on Wednesday its National President Alhaji
Abdur-Rahman Balogun also felicitated with the Sultan on his
statement reads: “There is no gainsaying the fact that the current
Sultan is a great asset to the people of Sokoto, the North and Nigeria
as a whole. We therefore charge the Sokoto State Government to give
special recognition and a befitting status to Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad
Abubakar III. This can be done repealing Section 6 Cap 26 of the Laws
of Northern Nigeria which empowers the state governor to depose any
ruling Sultan.”
prejudice to the executive powers of the governor of Sokoto State, we
contend that since Article 7 (a) of the constitution of the NSCIA
confers the leadership of Nigerian Muslims on the Sultan of Sokoto, the
latter’s office and status transcends the Sokoto Sultanate. He is the
bona fide head of all Muslims in the country. Therefore the deposition
of a Sultan has far-reaching implications. Apart from being an
embarrassment of no little dimension to Nigerian Muslims, it is capable
of causing both religious and constitutional crisis,” Akintola said.
urged members of the Sokoto State House of Assembly to set the machinery
in motion for the amendment of the Chieftaincy Laws of Sokoto State to
exempt the Sultan from the dethronement clause as a mark of respect for
Nigerian Muslims.
commending Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal of Sokoto State for
supporting the Sultan, he urged him and other Northern governors to
increase their support for the Sultan and Nigerian Muslims to continue
to cooperate with the Sultan in appreciation of the latter’s unequalled
and exemplary leadership.
its part, the MMPN said it is joyful for Nigerian Muslims since the
Sultan ascended the throne 10 years ago, Muslims in the country have
witnessed unprecedented leadership style which has endeared him to
Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
series of activities were lined up to commemorate his decade of service
to humanity, we urge all to use the occasion to pray fervently to Allah
(SWT) for the best in this World and the best in the Hereafter for our
eminence and members of his sultanate. Equally, we want to use the
opportunity to urge all Nigerians to pray for all our leaders and our
country for Allah to grant us the much- needed peace, security,
stability and prosperity,” Balogun said.
Source: Daily trust

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