Sultan of Sokoto boasts, says nobody can stop Tinubu’s May 29 inauguration

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The Sultan of Sokoto and President General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has stated that the May 29 inauguration of President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu remains sacrosanct and nobody can stop it.

The Sultan stated this on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, in Abuja at a roundtable engagement with traditional and religious rulers organized by the World Bank.

He said instead of trying to truncate the inauguration, Nigerians should rather pray for Tinubu’s administration to succeed.

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He said: “There must be change because in the next few days or weeks there will be a new government; what can we contribute to that government to stabilize?

“Whether anybody likes it, it must take place, a new government is coming on May 29, so what can we do besides prayers, because we believe in the Almighty, we believe in God that gives and takes.

“After that so what? What do we do to help the government stabilize and move the country forward?”

He charged Nigerians to be united and work towards ensuring equity and justice.

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Meanwhile, Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has reacted to details of a call between US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and President-elect, Bola Tinubu.

Blinken during a call with Tinubu on Wednesday assured the Nigerian President-elect of the U.S. commitment to further strengthening the U.S.-Nigeria relationship with the incoming administration.

The Secretary noted that the U.S.-Nigeria partnership was built on shared interests and strong people-to-people ties and that those links should continue to strengthen under President-elect Tinubu’s tenure.

But Atiku in a tweet on Wednesday expressed disbelief, saying the call was a contradiction to the publicly stated position of the US on Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election.

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According to him, acknowledging the 2023 presidential election result can be demoralising to citizens.

“I am in disbelief that @SecBlinken called Tinubu, a contradiction to the publicly stated position of the US on Nigeria’s 2023 presidential election. This is inconceivable considering that America, as the bastion of democracy, is well briefed on the sham election of February 25.

“To give legitimacy to the widely acknowledged fraudulent election in Nigeria can be demoralising to citizens who have hedged their bet on democracy and the sanctity of the ballot @StateDept @POTUS @USinNigeria.”

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