The Sultan of Sokoto and president-general, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday urged former president Olusegun Obasanjo to continue to serve the country until the last day of his life.
The monarch, who made this comment when Obasanjo paid him a courtesy visit at his palace in Sokoto yesterday, said Obasanjo cannot retire from politics because politics is part of him, and called on him not to be tired of the service to the country, saying he was the most privileged Nigerian.
Sultan further noted that some of the country’s problems today were artificially created by Nigerians, and stressed that the traditional institutions believe in the country and its leader, as they have a stake in the affairs of the nation.
He admonished Obasanjo to continue to give his fatherly advice to leaders of the country until he breathes his last.
Sultan told Obasanjo: “In the service of the country, you can never be tired. You have to continue serving the country until your last day on earth. There is no leader in this country who was so privileged to be a military head of state and then a civilian president other than this our distinguished ‘Yallaban Sokoto. So, you cannot retire; you cannot be tired.
“You cannot retire from politics because politics is part of you forever, because service to this great country is a most which you must continue to render until God takes us from this world. As a distinguished Nigerian, we are always proud to be associated with you and your past.”
The royal father recalled decades ago when Obasanjo visited the palace as head of state dressed in military fatigue, saying, “You met my father here and the comments you made are still fresh in our memory.
“Today, by the Grace of Allah, we are here also receiving you, but in a different capacity, in different clothes, not in uniform. That is destiny. “We must continue to strive to meet the very high expectations of our people. We cannot afford to fail them. So many people across the world believe in what we are doing. Therefore, we have to continue to come closer, to work together across various divides.”
In his statement earlier, Chief Obasanjo described the sultan as a man of peace and commended him for promoting unity in the nation.
Meanwhile, Obasanjo urged Nigerians to pray for the leaders of this country, just as he equally admonished Nigerians to also pray for themselves as well.
Obasanjo made this call yesterday in Sokoto when he commissioned the 20 million liter per day Asare Water Works in Wamakko local government.