By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
The newly turbaned caliphate’s ‘ Jekandan Sokoto’ Alhaji Ibrahim Idris and a former Kogi state governor says only the unity of Nigerians can stand the test of the quest for peace and development of the country.
Idris also described Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar as a true symbol of his fore fathers who stood for justice, unity, peace and harmonious relations among subjects through their reigns on the revered throne.
” We must be more united now than ever to impact on our lives as citizens aspiring to make the country great.”
Idris made the remarks when he spoke to reporters on Monday in Sokoto after ascending the title.
He commended Sultan Abubakar finding him suitable for the new caliphate title.
The former governor assured of living up to his new and added responsibility for the caliphate and humanity.
According to him” I promise to take full responsibility of my new title as an Ambassador of the caliphate by striving hard for the development of the country.
” Sokoto people are hospitable , friendly and straight minded and the Sultan is kind enough to honour me . I am a Kogi born citizen and today, a title holder of he caliphate “, he said.
The former governor added” irrespective of religion , political , tribe or ethnic background, we all need to be honest to and trusted by one another.”
While recalling his days in Sokoto , Idris said ” my relationship with Sokoto began with my early days as a furniture factory owner. Happily , I secured my first loan of £4,500 pounds in Sokoto.
” I was the only one supplying furniture to schools and institutions in the old Sokoto state. In fact , they have shown me love. I have nothing to say on the love and support because I see them as part of me.
” I am impressed by what I have become today. It takes honesty, straight forwardness and trust to make impact in life. I can’t quantify my bond with Sokoto state and people”, he concluded.