Delivering the 9th Dignity of Man Lecture at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, on Friday condemned people who killed in the name of God. Human life, the Sultan said, should be protected no matter the religion of the person.
“Shouting Allahu Akbar to kill your fellow human being in the belief that you are fulfilling God’s injunction is pathway to hell and not the teaching of Allah,” he said.
- On murderous herdsmen: The Sultan called them criminals and not genuine herdsmen. “We don’t call them herdsmen, because herdsmen cannot kill another human to protect cows.”
- On divisions: He spoke on the need for Nigerians to attempt to understand and recognise other ethnic groups in the country, and do away with selfish and divisive tendencies.
- On human dignity: “Human dignity is God-given. Any society where the sanctity of life is not protected cannot be said to be civilised. In other words, the sanctity of human life, the honour conferred in the human person and the investment in the development of the human person are the metrics to measure human civilisation.”
- The value of education: The Sultan said education holds the key to the promotion and protection of huma life and dignity. “Man has no dignity if he has no education. The less education, the less his dignity,” he said. Quoting his great grandfather, Uthman Dan Fodio, he said: “The man without education is like a country without inhabitants.”