President Muhammadu Buhari has described the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, as a patriotic Nigerian who has demonstrated uncommon leadership style. The president also hailed Sultan’s wisdom and advocacy for security, peace and unity of Nigeria.
Buhari’s commendation was contained in his congratulatory message to the traditional ruler on his 60th birthday, August 24, 2016.
A statement by Mr. Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity on Tuesday stated that “Buhari joins the people and government of Sokoto State, the Muslim community and family members of the Sultan in celebrating the unique anniversary.”
The statement added that “As the head of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), President Buhari believes that the wise counsels and support of the royal father on issues of good governance, girl-child education, infant and child mortality, and agriculture has greatly enriched his administration’s efforts to improve the livelihood of Nigerians.”
He prayed that the Almighty Allah would grant the Sultan good health and long life to continue in the service of humanity.