The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has disclosed that those who shout, “Allah” while killing people will end up on hell. Abubakar spoke while delivering a lecture entitled, “Restoring the dignity of Man,” during the celebration of the 57th Founders’ Day of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN, on Friday, describing such people as terrorists. The monarch said anybody who killed in the name of Islam was not a true Muslim because the religion frowns at such act.
“We cannot restore the dignity of man by killing innocent people.
“The herdsmen killing people are criminals and not Fulani herdsmen.
“Anybody who kills people while shouting Allah, is a terrorist and not a true Muslim and will go to hell.
“Allah hates people who kill and says they will go to hell.”
The Sultan also said that education was key to development, adding that it would continue to remain the veritable tool for national and human development as it promotes unity, peace and economic development of the country.
“A country that takes education serious tends to develop healthier and happier.
“Education is light and aims at restoring the dignity of man while ignorance is darkness and leads to poverty. Education will continue to be a veritable tool for human- capital development.”, he said.
The Sultan further said that educated people in any society “drive the economic and political system of development which is key to restoring and safeguarding the dignity of man….” In his remarks, the Enugu State governor Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi applauded UNN’s contributions to national development as well as for restoring the dignity of man in the 57 years of its establishment.
Ugwuanyi said UNN made excellent choice by choosing the Sultan as one of the guest speakers.
“We appreciate the Sultan coming to deliver this important lecture, that shows the volume of love he has for UNN as well as Enugu State.
“All hands must be on deck in sustaining the founding fathers dreams in restoring the dignity of man, “ he said.
Also, the governor of Delta state Chief Ifeanyi Okowa who was Conferred with the “dignity of man award” said he was humbled by the university for finding him worthy of the award. Okowa said he would come back to UNN to put up a physical structure in appreciation of the award. Among the personalities present on the occasion included the Obi of Onitsha, His Royal Majesty, Igwe Nnanyelugo Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe; Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar 111, Pro-chancellor of UNN, Chief Michael Olorunfemi.
Wife of the former President of Nigeria, Prof (Mrs) Uche Nnamdi Azikiwe was also there as well as former Secretary General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nduka Eya; Prof. B.I.C. Ijeoma, Prof Kenneth Ofokansi and Igwe George F.O. Asadu among others.
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