The sultan of Sokoto and president general, Nigeria Supreme Council
for Islamic Affairs, (NSCIA) Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III has decried the
insincerity on the part of leaders and said it remained a great
Sultan, who spoke in Sokoto at a stakeholders review meeting aimed at
appraising the ongoing effort towards curbing the outbreak of
meningitis and extent of vaccination coverage, added however that,
significant successes have been achieved despite obvious challenges.
The religious cum traditional leader while advising that people should
not wait until their children fall sick before seeking medical
attention, re-emphasized that Islam is not against treatment.
According to him, people should not be deceived that the free vaccine
administered on their wards has some negative effect.
“I constituted a committee that went round other advanced countries to
verify the authenticity otherwise of these vaccines and it was
confirmed that it is very safe for everybody”
While appreciating Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal for his bold step in
the Right To Education Law, the sultan assured him of the Sultanate
support in that direction.
Sultan, further admonished people of the state not to panic as their
gathering was simply to review the challenges and progresses so far
recorded while mop up vaccination for the outbreaks continues.
He solicited for healthy relationship between traditional leaders and
elected or appointed leaders, saying, mutual relationship between the
local government chairmen and their traditional leaders is sacrosanct
for progress in any LGA.
“People should be aware that the outbreak has been successfully
curtailed. Hence the meeting is aimed at reviewing the challenges and
progresses recorded so far.
“Our greatest challenge is insincerity on the part of leaders. And all
liars are doomed for destruction. We have heard from the deputy
governor, Ahmed Aliyu that some persons are in the habit of cornering
monies released by the governor for routine immunization exercise, we
will surely investigate and if accusing fingers is pointed on anyone
of you the traditional leaders, we will suspend such a person for one,
two or more years while investigation last”.
Speaking earlier, the state commissioner of health, Dr. Shehu kakale
said poor immunization coverage could be responsible for the recent
outbreak in the state. ELANZANEWS