The Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has refuted and described as fake a recent write – up credited to him endorsing the presidential candidate of Labour Party , Mr Peter Obi.
In a nine – paragraph statement made available to reporters by Mr Bashir Adefaka, described as a member of Sultan’s Media Team in reaction to the write – up circulating on social media tilted: “Breaking: Sultan of Sokoto Writes” the revered monarch said it is fake.
He said such a write-up, credited to him, could not have emanated from anywhere near or around him.
In the discredited statement , the Sultan purportedly said : “Hold me responsible if Peter Obi didn’t perform well, the problem of the North is from the north, not Peter Obi or an Igbo man, it will be worst and more deadly for the North if Tinubu wins, if they tell you an Igbo man is the problem of Nigeria, tell them Igbo man never rule Nigeria before and north is world poverty capital”.
Adefaka noted that it was not the first time such misleading statement would be circulated in an effort to use the name of an influential personality or that of the Sultan to score political points.
”Unfortunately for these pitiable political campaigners, Sultan of Sokoto is – strictly speaking – a traditional ruler and leader of Muslims of Africa’s most populous country. Moreso, as a retired Army General, his discipline, commitment and unalloyed loyalty to Nigeria is non-negotiable.
”The statement is fake because such an irresponsible write-up, credited to him, could not have emanated from anywhere near or around His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA),” Adefaka said
He said between Wednesday and Thursday, the Sultan played host to several figures including the outgoing and new General Officers Commanding (GOCs), Eighth Division Nigerian Army, Sokoto, Major Generals O. Bassey and Godwin Mutkut, respectively, Vice Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Kashim Shettima, among others.
”It would interest Nigerians to know that Presidential Candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Dr. Peter Obi, was not one of those that paid visit to the palace, be it on Wednesday or Thursday. So, how some agents of discord whose stock-in-trade thrives on cooking falsehoods and peddling of fake news think that they can get through with this remains unknown to common sense, ” he said
The religious leader challenged those circulating the fake write – up to publish a copy of the letter purportedly written by the Sultan or a video or audio clip where he endorsed Peter Obi and denied APC Presidential Candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as contained in their peddled fake statement.
”If they cannot, and of a surety they cannot, they should desist from this indefensible claim and unpardonable lie using the good name of His Eminence because it will backfire”, the Sultan warned.
”It should, however, be made clear to the good people of Nigeria that this, like many others in the past by the Peter Obi campaigners, would not stop the Sultan from continuing to play his role as a multifaceted leader and father of all and so, his doors will remain open to all aspirants across all parties and other meaningful people from across the country
”More important to the Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar at this time and always are security, peace and unity of Nigeria, especially as the nation is fast moving into its long planned and heavily invested general elections, ” Adefaka’ statement said.
He said the Sultan will continue to support all efforts that will lead to success of the election and advised that “any incoherent claims of naysayers be ignored , ” as the Royal father is not a politician.”