Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, has said that Fulanis are not terrorists.
He said this in Abuja on Wednesday, when he paid a courtesy visit to the management and staff of National Hajj Commission (NAHCON).
“I have earlier stood on this; we are not terrorists and criminals. Of course, we have some bandits amongst us and it does not make a clan or the whole Muslims as criminals or bandits.
“I am a proud Fulani and if I were to come back in this world again after I am gone, which definitely I wound not, I will ask Allah to bring me back as a Fulani man. I am a proud Fulani man but I am not a criminal, bandit or terrorist,” he said.
The sultan expressed optimism that the 2021 hajj will hold and urged Muslims not to contravene government’s safety protocols on COVID-19.
The monarch noted that series of meetings are ongoing between Muslim scholars and the government on the assurance of the COVID-19 vaccines, to convince Muslims on its safety.
Earlier, NAHCON chairman, Zikrullah Hassan, said the board has been charting a way to free the government from the financial burden of the commission through partnerships with the private sector.
He said the Hajj Savings Scheme is intended to bring down costs of Hajj services for intending pilgrims, to enable the poorest among Muslims to be able to afford it.