Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; and the United State’s Secretary of State, John Kerry have emphasised the importance of religious education in Nigeria.

They spoke when Kerry paid a courtesy visit on the Sultan at his palace in Sokoto on Tuesday,

On his part, Kerry charged Nigerian leaders to ensure religious knowledge is strengthened among citizens.

He also pledged his country’s continuous cooperation with Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, in regards to religious enlightment.

Kerry lauded the monarch for promoting religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.

He said his visit as first secretary of state to visit seat of the caliphate had seen that Sultanate Council was building a community of tolerance for peace, progress and political stability in Nigeria.

Earlier, Abubakar who expressed delight at the visit said the council would continue to promote peaceful coexistence among Nigerians for overall political growth of the country.

He explained that religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians remained principal objective of the Sultanate in mobilising Nigerians to tolerate one another for peace, progress and political stability of the country.

Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who accompanied Kerry to the palace, said the state government would continued to strengthen peaceful coexistence among 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 later had a closed door meeting with Sultan Abubakar and some leaders of the two major religions.

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