Prominent Nigerians, among them the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, have said the unity of the nation is non-negotiable and all Nigerians must work together to prevent the break-up of the country by resolving the indigene/settler controversy.
They made the call in Abuja at a two-day symposium organised by the Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria (SCSN), Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) with the theme “Threat to the Unity of the Ummah and the Future of Nigeria, Citizenship and Nationhood”.
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In his keynote address, the Sultan represented by the Emir of Keffi, Nasarawa State, Alhaji Shehu Chindo Yamusa III, said that the unity and peace of the nation was important for its survival and wellbeing of the citizenry.
“All deliberations must be harmonised without bias. All conflicting factors must be addressed and resolved. We must contribute in such a way that it would be positive for the development of the country,” he said.
On his part, Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration, Baze University, Abuja, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who spoke on “The Nigerian Federation and the Management of our Diversity: A Critical Evaluation,” said that any responsible discussion must centre on basic identity in Nigeria.