The new Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, also the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslim, sits on his throne during his coronation ceremony in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria, March 3, 2007. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA)
The new Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar,(C) the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslims, receives a copy of the Qura'an from Sokoto state governor Atahiru Bafarawa, during a coronation ceremony in Sokoto March 3, 2007. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA)
hmmmm, nice pics, i can see dat he's still got his Military ADC, plus the Palace Dongaris.
Why do they keep describing him as the 'spiritual leader' of nigeria's muslims? When did the Sultan of Sokoto ascend to this status? Was this before or after the brutish manufactured nigeria? Can the Sultan, as a 'spiritual leader' issue fatwas that are binding on all nigerian muslims? Are those Yoruba Oba who are muslims also under his guidance?
What a fantastic trick! What the Fulani proselytisers of Islam lost on the battlefield at Oshogbo in 1848, they now get by mere word of mouth in these 'enlightened' times.
Yes he is the Spritual head of all Muslims in nigeria. Yes he can issue FATWAS and recall them
Yes the Yoruba Obas also technically if they are muslims have to take a cue from him when it comes to spiritual issues of Islam
Who needs this? A frigging load of images of parasitic Talibans that have never, do not want to and will never contribute to the nation's development. Do we really need this in NVS?
My bro, the taliban or whatever you call us are here to stay. Unfortunately there is nothing you can do to nurture the hatred in your heart. Accept it or remain frustrated forever. Thats the basic mistake you guys make, you cant go far with hatred in your mind. When you become relevant anywhere you will realise that.
If you are frustrated with our existense in Nigeria why not take the fight to your leaders. Oooops I have forgotten Mr Lar you are a minority therefore democracy being a game of numbers you cant win. But let me tell you a little secret when you make tribalism your politics you can never ever win, but when you contribute in ridding us of that and help make politics about issues then you dont have to worry about being a minority because that wont matter.
I can tell you that good honest people are not of any colour or tribe the earlier you realise that the better person you are.
beautiful pics,thanks NVS....did the Sultan make a speech? If so please can we have sight of it?
this reminds me of all those plane crashes and the promise by the minister of aviation that full invesigations would follow with results published....have I missed something?
I can see a policeman in ceremonial uniform from my vantage point but if it is a soldier all ggod and well afterall in Nigeria anything goes. Regarding his political and spiritual leadership, it was only after his predecessaor died that I started hearing that. I believe that he is the spiritual leader of the sunni Moslems in Nigerians and as such you can see the quantum of power that he wields and how maximum a ruler that Khalifa Abacha was when he shooed out Dasuki.
Until this ossification of authority in Nigeria is resolved we will continue to believe that the real power lies with our constitutionally elected officials. That is why governance in that space is not for babies but for those who know where the power really lies and shows deep respect for the wielders like Baba and others have done here. So in addition to godfathers and mothers, we have spiritual leaders (both christian and moslem), traditional rulers, shrines, youth organisations, custodians of culture. leaders of thought, elders from all the geopolitical zones etc etc and the danger with these unconstitutional power centres is that they have deeply entrenched themselves in the military, economy, civil service and politics of Nigeria.
As a result when you want to probe say citizen X, you may discover that he is akin to and icebereg. What you are seeing on top is 100 times what lies beneath. God bless Nigeria.
If indeed the Sultan of the Sokoto Caliphate (which, incidentally, spans beyond the boundaries of the map of Nigeria!) is the so-called spiritual leader of all Moslems in NIGERIA, irrespective of whether the geo-location of their respective villages of origin are NOT within the fuzzy map of the Sokoto Caliphate, then, silly as it may seem (to both the typical unenlightened believer, or/and the enlightened unbeliever), it is perfectly OK: the right to be right or wrong , without jeopardy or collateral disadvantage to others, is a fundamental and non-negotiable liberty of any citizen of this planet.
Any Nigerian Moslem, whose village of origin is physically located outside of the jurisdiction of the Sokoto Caliphate, is free to simply QUIETLY disregard the sweeping conferment of that leadership label on the Sultan of Sokoto, and NOT recognize the Sultan of Sokoto as his or her spiritual leader, without ruffling any feathers whatsoever.
The conscious CHOICE to subject oneself to voluntary servitude and self-abnegation is strictly personal, and not for public consumption, particularly on this side of cyberspace!
At any rate, if REALLY, the Sultan of the Sokoto Caliphate (which, spans beyond the boundaries of Nigeria!) is the spiritual leader of all Moslems in NIGERIA and beyond, why then does he need the Governor of Sokoto State, a Nigerian Moslem from within the Sokoto Caliphate, and by extension, the Sultan's subordinate, to confer legitimacy, and formal recognition on the coronation process? Or, is the Governor of Sokoto State not a Nigerian Moslem?
2nd bass, ojare, my pipul: Overtake done overtake Overtake (O.D.O.O)!
Don Juan Carlos ABRAXAS (III)
His Eminence, Sheik Saddiq d'Fcuk of Sakkwato Khalifate, Darfur & Dubai Emirates.
My Dear Abra,
In other words you are asking why is he Sultan of Sokoto instead of say Sultan of ECOWAS or Sahel or of Nigeria, Niger and Chad to boot?
The Gov is merely performing his recognitional duties and watch him after he does that genuflecting passionately and u will understand the need for Nigeria to checkmate all these unconstitutional sources of power (eminience grises) which indeed are forces to reckon with when push comes to shove.
One can also ask why the Gov coronates the Oba of Benin for instance ?
I am not unaware of the great history behind these monarchs viz their battle with the colonialists and their having representatives in European capitals ( eg Oba of Benin and Obong of Calabar) long before Mrs Shaw a.ka Lady Lugard baptised that space Nigeria after some amorous deals with Fredrick a.ka Lord Lugard (see Peter Enahoro's The Complete Nigerian), but it is time we checkmate their powers so that the people will indeed know who calls the tune since we pay the piper with our tax money and votes.
my dear abraxas,
what exactly are you implying, it may be more practical if you came out and said what you wanted to say without being coy about it . what is the criteria for your enlightened unbeliever( like yourself i assume) or the unenlightened believer (like those found in our villages). how on earth is the right to be right or wrong guaranteed? isnt that the most impractical thing you have come up with of late? the consequence of being a believer is the whole hearted unquestioning acceptance of the irrational including of course the acceptance of the political ruler of the sokoto caliphate as the islamic head of muslims in nigeria .........