The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammed Sa’ad Abubakar has described the diversity of the nation as a blessing and an asset for national development.
He said this while delivering a Public Lecture titled, “Our diversity: A divine gift and blessing untapped; surmounting the challenges of the management of diversity”, as part of activities marking the second edition of ULEFUNTA, a programme of the Akure Kingdom, at the Federal University of Technology, Akure. The Sultan called for a refrain from undue ethno religious differences and tribal rivalry which he said “are detrimental to peaceful coexistence, national growth and development.” He also admonished the political class to continually promote the gains of the nation’s diversity rather than divisive
Teaching of history
The Sultan also described the teaching of history in schools as having the capacity to bring to the fore the latent values of Nigerian diversities for its transformation across sectors.
“The inclusion of History as a subject in the nation’s Educational Curriculum is a veritable way of fostering social integration and engendering national unity,” he said, adding that the positive values of migration coupled with peaceful opportunities for individuals to express their political interests and economic potentials could hasten national peace.
Unity of Nigeria
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, reiterated his stance on the unity of Nigeria which according to him, was non-negotiable.
“Though Nigerians may differ in tongues and tribes with divergent cultures among the people, yet the unity of the country must not be eroded by any form of agitation,” he said.
The Governor commended the royal host, the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi and the entire people of Akure for the initiative of a national discourse through the ULEFUNTA Lecture Series. He said that the hands of fellowship extended to the Sultan for the delivery of the 2nd Annual lecture should be sustained for others to emulate and for peace to endure in the country.