Sultan: Respect the autonomy of Sokoto in handling its internal matters – Northern group tells Shettima

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The Arewa Cultural Heritage Network has advised the federal government to respect the autonomy of Sokoto State in handling its internal matters, particularly those related to traditional leadership and governance.

The group made this statement while addressing the recent comments made by Vice President Kashim Shettima at the North West Peace & Security Summit regarding the status of His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto.

The Vice president spoke following an alarm raised by the Muslim Rights Council, MURIC.

MURIC’s Executive Director, Prof. Isiaq Akintola, had alleged a plot to depose the Sultan of Sokoto.

But reacting to Shettima’s comment, the group said Governor Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto has been exercising his constitutional responsibilities diligently, adding that the recent actions taken by the state government, including the deposition of certain traditional rulers, are based on grounds of negligence, disloyalty, and disrespect towards the government.

According a statement signed by
Yunusa Abdullahi,
the Sultan of Sokoto, despite his esteemed position, has been found guilty of neglecting his palace duties, showing disloyalty, and demonstrating a lack of respect towards the current administration.

“His evident support for the PDP candidate during the last election, despite the electorate’s mandate for Governor Ahmed Aliyu Sokoto, has further strained relations. The Sultan’s continued efforts to undermine the government’s initiatives have made it challenging to foster mutual cooperation.

“We strongly urge the Vice President and other federal officials to refrain from interfering in state governance matters. The Governor of Sokoto State is well within his rights to make decisions that align with the constitutional framework and the welfare of the state.

“Furthermore, we call upon President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR to ensure that the Vice President respects the boundaries of state governance and allows the Sokoto State Government to function without undue interference.

“The proposed amendment to section 76 of the local government and chieftaincy law is intended to align legal frameworks with customary procedures in Sokoto.

“It aims to clarify the roles and responsibilities within the state, ensuring a smooth and effective governance process.

” The authority to appoint district and village heads, while still involving recommendations from the Sultanate Council, will ultimately lie with the Governor, reflecting both traditional and contemporary practices.

“We believe that this alignment will promote greater stability and progress within Sokoto State. It is crucial for all parties involved to work together harmoniously for the betterment of our community.”