Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Abubakar III expressed that the discourse on Nigeria’s unity is confused with the conformity of the citizens to the precepts of the government.
The Sultan who was represented by Shehu Yamusa III, the Emir of Keffi, at a National Unity summit orchestrated by the National Prosperity Movement (NPM) in Abuja on Wednesday, December 1, mentioned that the discourse on the country’s unity was not grounded on knowledge, but by ignorance and sentiments.
He opined that discourses stated should be coherent with facts and figures. This was his statement:
“It appears that one major problem we have around our national unity and cohesion in this country is that the discourse even among the educated is driven more by ignorance and emotions than knowledge.
“The discourse has to be an informed one driven by facts and figures, otherwise we would find ourselves boxed into the dialogue of the daft where no one understands the other.
“We also have to avoid confusing unity with uniformity. We don’t have to be uniform to be united. The length of our fingers is not the same because each finger has a unique role to perform.
“This can only happen if we ask our scholars to lead the debate. Some of us that went to unity schools and served in the military find it difficult to understand where the unnecessary hatred is coming from.”
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