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Sultan urges Jonathan to use presidential powers to stop killings

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to use presidential powers to stop the killing of innocent prople in North East and Benue.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Abubakar spoke in Sokoto on Saturday when Jonathan paid him a courtesy visit.

“Human life is sacred. I always express sadness over the insurgency in North East and the most worrisome of it is the killing of innocent school children in Yobe.

“This is the height of madness of the insurgency and the killing must be stopped immediately,” the Sultan said.

He called on Jonathan to do everything possible to bring all political and religious leaders and all the ethnic nationalities together to tackle the insurgency.

The Sultan stressed that politics should not be played with the lives of Nigerians.

Abubakar appealed to leaders to be pious, honest and fair to all.

The monarch contended that 2015 was an issue that bothering all Nigerians.

“There should be atmosphere conducive for elections and there must be justice in whatever we do,” he said.

Abubakar stated that the visit of the President would strengthen the unity of Nigeria.

Jonathan had earlier commended the Sultan for his sustained leadership style which he said, led to prevalence of peace and unity.

The President also told the Sultan that the visit was to pay respect to him as a father.

“We are not here for campaign. But we will come back to do that and introduce our candidates.

“We are here to seek your fatherly prayers, share ideas and experiences and it is a private visit,” Jonathan said.

On his part, Gov. Aliyu Wamakko decried the killing of innocent people, urging that it should be stopped.

“Honesty, justice and fair play are attributes that are still relevant in Nigeria,” Wamakko said.

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