His call came on a day Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, reminded all governments in Nigeria, especially the Federal Government to live up to their responsibility for the good of Nigerians.
According to ACF, Nigerians are unsafe and hungry and, therefore, need deliverance from these challenges.
The Sultan in his Sallah message in Sokoto State, said the existing hardship in the country was of great concern, adding that proper measures were required to address it.
“Nigeria leaders need to strategise, put more measures in place to address our level of poverty and insecurity, as such will further sustain the unity and peaceful co-existence that is in existence in the country.
“It is no longer a story but a reality, people are in dire need of the leaders’ commitment to addressing the high rate of poverty, insecurity, and hunger among other numerous challenges.
“Therefore, leaders should fear Allah and shoulder their responsibilities in order to enhance Nigerians’ living conditions,” he said.
ACF National Chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh,who made the call in a Sallah message, said from the local governments through the states to the Federal Government, the primary responsibility of government was to protect life and property.
He said the best time to remind the government was at Eid-El-Adha because they took an oath to protect all the lives and property of Nigerians.
Chief Ogbe said: “I wish to, on behalf of myself and ACF, congratulate all Nigerian Muslims on this special occasion of Eid-El-Adha, a special Sallah occasion that is being solemnly observed world wide.
‘Nigeria is celebrating this Sallah with mixed feelings because of the activities of bandits, kidnappers, terrorists, armed robbers and those waging a war to tear the country apart.
“As a result of the sundry activities and the COVID-19 pandemic, hunger is looming and prices of foodstuffs are already beyond the common man.
”As we celebrate this occasion we urge the Muslim Ummah to pray for peace to return to our beloved country, Nigeria.
“Christians and other believers too should join the Muslims in praying for the people and government of Nigeria. This is a call to national duty that goes beyond religious boundaries.
“ACF is worried that farmers, particularly northern farmers, have not had a good farming season last year and this year because of the criminal activities of bandits and the terrorist; frequent clashes have made farming a very frightening and hazardous exercise.’’