The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged the Federal Government to ensure the arrest and prosecution of preachers who promote hate speeches in the country.
Speaking at the opening of a two-day conference organised by International Dialogue Centre, KAICIID, an inter-governmental organisation that promotes dialogue to build peace in conflict areas, the Sultan lamented that people who preach and promote hate speeches have brought friction between Christians and Muslims in the country.
He stressed the need for both religions to report preachers of hate to the security agencies for proper investigation, adding that no external people could bring peace to the country.
The Sultan further blamed hate preaching as a major factor responsible for friction between Christians and Muslims, saying “while we pray for peace and dialogue, preachers of hate must be reported to the security agencies.
“Therefore, we must work hard for peace and live in peace and harmony.
“All of us believe in dialogue that is why we are here. Some of us are outside Abuja and we have to travel long distance to be here.
“This shows what we want peace because violence, killings is contrary to the teaching of our Holy books.
“We are not here to teach ourselves the holy books, but to use them appropriately.”
“We must tell ourselves the truth, we must collaborate with authorities to deal with those who don’t want peace.
“When you keep quiet, it means you are supporting what other individuals are doing and the masses will suffer.
“I have not lost hope in this country; I have never lost hope in my relationship with Christians.
“If you did something wrong, I will call you and advise you. We must continue to show love as our religion ordered us,” he said.