Alleged plan to remove Sultan: Sokoto govt tackles Shettima

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The Sokoto State Government has expressed displeasure at the way the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, reacted to reports that it is planning to remove the Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar Sa’ad.A

At the Northwest Security summit in Katsina on Monday, Shettima had urged the Ahmed Aliyu government to respect the office of the Sultan, saying he was not just the Sultan of Sokoto but that of the nation.

But, according to ‘Daily Trust’, the state government said the Vice President should have contacted Governor Ahmed Aliyu to verify the news which made rounds on the purported plan to depose Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar before going public.

In a statement signed by the spokesman of Governor Aliyu, Abubakar Bawa, the government urged the Vice President to always have full knowledge of issues of national concern before commenting on them.

“We sincerely expected the Vice President to have consulted the Governor before going public.

“As an elder statesman and a father to all he should have facts and figures before judging on issues raised by mischief makers and the mushroom social media handlers known for negative propaganda.

“The fact of the matter is that there was never any attempt to sack the Sultan nor have we sent him any threat regarding that.

“Sultan enjoys all the powers he is entitled to. We never denied him any of his freedom or rights .

“We therefore do not need to be told to guard, protect, and promote the Sultan. It is our sole responsibility.


“The government and People of Sokoto cherish and adore the sultanate council and would do everything possible to protect the dignity of the revered institution. The Government to this end reassures all Nigerians that, it will continue to protect the sultanate council and its dignity at all times,” the statement read.

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