23rd August, 2016
Mr John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State, on Tuesday in Sokoto, lauded the efforts of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, for promoting religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.
Kerry was speaking during a courtesy visit on the Sultan at his palace.
He said that the Sultanate Council was building a community of tolerance for peace, progress and political stability in Nigeria.
He said that the United States would continue to identify itself with the Sultanate in strengthening religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.
He said that being the first secretary of state to visit the seat of the caliphate, all hands should be on deck towards strengthening religious knowledge among Nigerians.
Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar had earlier expressed delight at the visit.
He said that the council would continue to promote peaceful coexistence among Nigerians for the overall political growth of the country.
He explained that religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians remained the principal objective of the
Sultanate in mobilising Nigerians to tolerate one another for peace, progress and political stability of the country .
Gov Aminu Tambuwal, who accompanied Kerry to the palace, said the state government would continue to strengthen peaceful coexistence among the people, irrespective of religious, tribal and political differences.
“We don’t discriminate on religious,tribal, ethnic or political affiliations as we accommodate all for peace and harmony,” he said.
Kerry had a closed door meeting with Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar and some leaders of the two major religions.
Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, Deputy National Chairman of APC North West, were present during the courtesy visit on the Sultan.