Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, during a lecture delivered at Bayero University claimed that “not all Fulanis are Muslims” and that “many Fulanis are atheists”
The Sultan revealed while speaking at the closing ceremony of 77th annual Islamic vacation course (IVC) organised by the Muslim Society of Nigeria (MSSN) at Bayero University, Kano.
“Not all Fulanis are Muslims”
“Many Fulanis are atheists whose main interest is to protect their cattle.”
Abubakar also disputed the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) support of the US report that Nigeria is now on the list of countries that tolerate religious persecution.
The Sokoto Sultan said CAN’s claim is “false and partial”.
CAN state the reason it supported the claim include the case of Leah Shuraibu a Christian girl yet to be released by the Jihadist group even though his co-abducted girls (Muslims) have been released.
CAN President, Samson Ayokunle through his special assistant on media and communications, Adebayo Oladeji, in a statement, said the US was not blind to the alleged killing and alienation of Christians in key political appointments.
“Leah Sharibu is a case study and the only reason why the government that secured the release of her colleagues has not freed her is because of her religion.
“We wonder why the government has not done the needful to liberate this innocent girl who happens to be a daughter of a Police officer.”
“It is a fact that not fewer than 95 per cent of those who are being detained by the terrorists are Christians and the government has been paying lips service towards securing their freedoms.
“If such persecution really exists, such is supposed to be tabled at the Interfaith Forum where Muslims and Christians leaders meet periodically to discuss issues that would promote harmonious coexistence between the two religions,” Abubakar said.
The Nigerian presidency has also disputed the United States claim.