By: Ade Kunle

THE Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged politicians in Edo State to embark on their campaign in a peaceful manner.

The Sultan who is also President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs ‎spoke during a visit to the Governor in Benin City on Friday.

The Sultan who led members of the Supreme Council including the Otaru of Auchi, Alhaji Aliru Momoh, Ikelebe III on the visit said: “Please carry out your campaigns in peace and harmony. Of course, issue-related campaigns because everything is on the ground. So, whatever anybody is going to be is on the ground. You will see it. You will see achievements; come and match such achievements; then convince people. 

“Don’t confuse people. Convince them to vote for you. So, I wish you the best of campaigns. I wish you all the best during elections, and I wish Edo State a more peaceful and stress-free election, and pray to God to elect a good leader who will continue to work for this State, who will love this State more than he will love himself or more than how the Comrade Governor loved this State when he assumed office.”

Responding, Governor Adams Oshiomhole who described his Eminence, Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto as a bridge-builder said, “Your Eminence, I cannot explain how humble we feel to be able to play host to your Eminence and all the highly respected religious leaders, traditional rulers and Islamic scholars from across the country on the auspices of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs. 

“On behalf of the government and people of Edo State, I would like to welcome you most warmly to our great city, to our great State which everybody accepts is the heartbeat of the Nigeria nation. You have honoured us in so many ways, not just by the number of visits you have paid to our great state, but on each occasion, we have been privileged to listen to you and to learn so many things from your statements and advice on a variety of issues beyond religion, but issues that also have to do with nation building.”‎

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