Weekly Trust

Only God can take Yar’adua’s leadership - Sultan

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged Nigerians to continue to pray for President Umaru Yar’adua’s recovery so that he can return home to continue his duties.

He stated this while receiving a delegation of the Muslim ummah of South-West Nigeria, MUSWEN, led by its president, the newly-installed Baba Adinni of Lagos, Shaykh Abdul Hafeez Abou, at his palace in Sokoto yesterday.

The Sultan stated, “We will continue to pray to Almighty Allah to give our president, President Yar’adua, sound health to be able to come back and continue with the job Almighty Allah has placed on his shoulders.

“We all know that the Almighty Allah does what He wants to do, at the time He wants to do it and to whom He wants to do it. All of us are just mere mortals; we only play the script the Almighty has for us. He has placed the leadership on Yar’adua for now. At the time He wants, He would take it. None of us could do so.”

He said it is incumbent on Muslims to always pray for others. The Sultan urged Muslims in the country to always come together to speak with one voice, stressing that the unity of the Muslim community is paramount as it would help the country to develop and move forward.

He assured MUSWEN of his continued support, adding, “I am always happy to be associated with Muslims anywhere”.

Earlier, the Executive Secretary of MUSWEN, Professor Dawud Noibi, said since Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III’s installation as the Sultan, his “understanding gestures of brotherhood and goodwill toward all Muslims in the country have been acknowledged by all.”

The Secretary-General said the role MUSWEN plays in the South-West is similar to that of the Jama’at Nasril-al-Islam (JNI) in the Northern part of the country and that it is out to eradicate ignorance, poverty and backwardness among Muslims in the area.

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