This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
10TH ANNIVERSARY: MURIC FELICITATES WITH THE SULTAN
2nd November, 2016
ANNIVERSARY: MURIC FELICITATES WITH SULTAN
Today marks the 10th
anniversary of the ascension of Alhaji (Dr) Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar III, The
Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for
Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) congratulates
His Eminence the Sultan on this august occasion. We also felicitate with the
government and good people of Sokoto State, the Sultanate Council and the entire
Muslim Ummah in Nigeria and beyond.
We affirm that Nigerian Muslims only
began to raise their heads with pride after the current Sultan came on board. Sultan
Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar III gave Nigerian Muslims purposeful, mature, dynamic
and responsible leadership. He shunned armchair leadership and became visible
in all parts of the country. We marvel at his managerial skill with which he
has mobilized Muslims from all sectors.
A completely detribalized Nigerian, a true
bridge-builder and a man of peace, he brought the Muslim Ummah closer to their
Christian neighbours. Leading by example, he taught us love, forgiveness, and tolerance.
A patriot primus inter pareil, he laid special emphasis on the need for peaceful
coexistence in the past ten years of selfless service to his country.
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 by repealing Section 6 Cap 26 of the Laws of Northern Nigeria which
empowers the state governor to depose any ruling Sultan.
Without 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
As a mark of respect for Nigerian
Muslims and in a bid to save the Ummah from such embarrassment and
constitutional crisis in future, MURIC calls on members of the Sokoto State
House of Assembly to quickly set the machinery in motion for the amendment of
the Chieftaincy Laws of Sokoto State. Such amendment should exempt the Sultan from
the dethronement clause.
Section 6 Cap 26 is a sword of
Damocles dangling on the heads of the entire Nigerian Muslims and Islamic organizations
in the country. It must be amended. Sokoto must not kill the goose that lays
the golden egg.
As we round up, we commend the
Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, for the support he has given
the Sultan to date. We urge him and other Northern governors to step up their
support for the Sultan because every support given to the Sultan boosts the
status of Nigerian Muslims in general. We also call on Nigerian Muslims to
continue to cooperate with the Sultan in appreciation of the latter’s unequalled
and exemplary leadership.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)