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Money-based politics jeopardising our future —Sultan

Money-based politics jeopardising our future —Sultan

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, said on Saturday that money-based politics was a major factor responsible for unprecedented corruption and bad governance in the country.

The monarch, who is also the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, made the assertion at the 23rd Ummah Convention, organised by the Ummah Movement in Abuja.

The theme of the convention was, ‘The Muslim Voice on Good Governance in Nigeria.’

Abubakar said, “This is partly responsible for bad governance that has characterised our polity, subverting our development, perpetrating poverty and eliciting the unending social conflicts.

“This money-based politics will continue to fuel the unprecedented corruption we see in our society; as a result of these our pristine values as people have been supplanted and our future thrown into jeopardy.

“All leaders, political, spiritual and traditional need to come together to salvage our polity from dangers that the current political culture poses. The consequences of ignoring these standards are already showing and we must not wait until the bubbles busts.”

Meanwhile, Abubakar has claimed that the problems in the country started when traditional institutions became sidelined by key actors in politics.

The monarch enjoined people to speak out on the problems they faced because “when you know you have problems, the problems are half solved.”

The Sultan stated this during a one-day retreat for traditional rulers in the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria with the theme, ‘The role of traditional rulers in community policing in Nigeria,’ held at the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies in Kuru, Jos.

He said, “When problems come, traditional rulers do not run away from the problems but political leaders run away. Let us sit down and face the problems squarely. The problems of this country started when traditional institutions were sidelined and kept aside.

“We speak for the progress of the nation. We don’t criticise the government but we tell government what it has done right and what it has done wrong; we are part of the government.”

The Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, who was represented by Oba Ajibade Mudashiru, stated that with the geographical size and population of Nigeria, the need for local policing was essential for the development of the country.

The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, also stated that community policing in Anambra state was working well, although not too perfectly.

He stressed that community policing involved collaboration with the police, adding that it was not a new phenomenon.

Achebe, who spoke on the importance of language, noted that if a policeman was unable to speak the language of the locals, he was already at a disadvantage.

The Director-General of National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Jonathan Mela Juma, said President Muhammadu Buhari had tasked the institution with the task of conducting a study on insecurity in the country.

Also present at the programme were the Gbong Gwom Jos, Jacob Gyang Buba and Shehu of Borno, represented by the Emir of Askira Uba, Ibn Mohammed.

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