President Muhammadu Buhari has sent an early birthday greeting to the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, who turns 60 tomorrow, Wednesday August 24th, 2016.
“As the head of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), the President affirms that the Sultan has demonstrated uncommon leadership style, patriotism and wisdom in his consistent advocacy for security, peace and unity of Nigeria,” said a statement signed by Femi Adesina, the spokesman to the president.
The president said that Abubakar’s “wise counsels and support” 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.
As Sultan of Sokoto, Abubakar is the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s Muslim population. He became Sultan in 2006 following the death of Sultan Mohammadu Macido who died in an ADC Airlines plane crash alongside his son and grandson on their way to Sokoto from Abuja, the nation’s capital.