Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III has expressed fears over the future of Nigeria’s election looking at what transpired before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
The monarch who spoke during the weekend at the 2019 General Assembly of the Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN) held at the Sultan Palace, Sokoto, expressed worry that Nigerians has become more divided politically ahead of the next general elections in 2023.
Sultan who premised his fears on the fact that the just concluded elections witnessed very disturbing trend where even religious leaders were seen openly pitching tent with candidates when they should be seen as neutral. He said;
“If Nigeria has these troubles in 2019 then, I have my fears over 2023. The signs are already on ground.”
“Brothers no longer talk to each other. Friends are now divided in a very terrible way because they have been insulting one another before the election. Neighbours now hate each other because they belong to different political parties”
The religious leader said despite the contest was between two Muslims who were the candidates of the two major political parties, some respected Muslim and Christian clerics turned their worship places to an avenue of campaign for either of the two candidates.