President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, as he clocks on August 24, 2021.
Buhari joined the Sultanate, family members and religious leaders in the country to celebrate with the 20th Sultan of Sokoto.
A statement by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu thanked the monarch for providing guidance and wisdom for the Muslim community for close to 15 years.
Buhari said Saad, President-General of Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Chairman of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), had “consistently taken the side of fairness and justice, particularly on national issues”.
He added that Saad speaks for the poor and underprivileged, and interfaces with other religious leaders as Co-Chair of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) to promote peaceful co-existence.
The Sultan had utilised his wealth of experience as a former military officer, with strong diplomatic credentials to serve the country, the statement added.
The President wished the traditional leader wellbeing, longer life and more wisdom to keep serving the country and humanity.