Sultan @ 15: Tambuwal reminds leaders on future consequences

Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Monday reminded Nigerian leaders to think of their deeds and consequences for the future of the country.

Tambuwal gave the task at the 8th Sheikh Usmanu Bn Fodiyo Week and unveiling of the Sokoto Caliphate Special Edition in commemoration of 15th year on throne of Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III.

The occasion has as its theme: “Promoting unity, development and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria and West Africa: Lessons from the life of Sheikh Usmanu Bn Fodiyo”.

The governor said that as leaders it is always necessary to carry out their task and responsibilities with more sense of belonging, no matter how hard and difficult it is.

“We must continue to learn from the lessons of the past to help us achieve our desire for today and the future.

“In any position as leaders we need to tell our subjects the truth. We have to always think of what we are doing and it’s consequences after us,” he said.

Tambuwal added that Nigerians should always learn and not forget the history of the founding fathers in the country.

According to him, doing that will address a lot of challenges facing the country and encourage people to remain humble and united.

In his address, the Sultan retreated the importance of history, saying it is only through history that society know who they are and where they are heading to.

Abubakar III therefore called on government to strengthen more effort on teaching history in schools across the country in order to address the nation’s desire.

Also speaking the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Shehu Galadanchi, urged Nigerian leaders to emulate the teachings of the Caliphate in addressing the country’s challenges.

He said that the past leaders of the Caliphate remained committed in establishment of peace, tranquility and understanding of Islam.

“These are the reasons that during their time there was no farmers-herders clash or insurgency among many other security challenges,” he said.

Earlier, the author of the Sokoto Caliphate Special Edition, Prof. Mouray Last, University of London, expressed the believe that Sokoto Caliphate can still play a vital role in the unity of Nigeria.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the book was published by Premium Times Online Newspaper and discussed by Prof. Aliyu Bunza during the occasion.

Highlights of the event was a paper presentation by Dr Aliyu Tilde, Bauchi State Commissioner for Education, titled “Sustain Bello’s concept of urbanisation of the Normand: Its relevance in preventing farmer-herder clashes and promoting peaceful coexistence”. (NAN)