“Rate at which girls are spending time on social network is worrisome” – Sultan

Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, also the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslim, sits on his throne during his coronation ceremony in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria, March 3, 2007. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA) - RTR1N1ZM
Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, also the spiritual leader of Nigeria's Muslim, sits on his throne during his coronation ceremony in Sokoto, Northern Nigeria, March 3, 2007. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde (NIGERIA) - RTR1N1ZM

The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, has expressed concern at a development where social media are diverting the attention of students in the country.

Mr. Abubakar expressed the feeling in Sokoto on Sunday at the closing ceremony of the 6th National Edition of the Quranic Recitation Competition.

The Sultan said: “There is a disturbing development where the attention of students is being diverted from their studies.

“This is through the use of various social media like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, 2Go and Instagram, among others,’’ he said

The traditional ruler urged youth, particularly girls, to stop spending too much time on social media at the expense of other engagements that would add more values to their life.

“The rate at which girls are spending time on social network is worrisome and this poses imminent danger to our society.

“Girls are the nerve centre of our moral and societal development and if they derail, the whole society will be in danger because they are our mothers and care givers.”

Mr. Abubakar advised parents to ensure that their daughters spend more time on meaningful things, like reciting the Holy Qur’an.

“Doing so will make them better mothers and care givers’’.

The monarch also urged Muslims to desist from doing things capable of tarnishing the image of their religion.

The Sultan, who congratulated the winners of the competition, donated N10,000 to each of the 89 participants, while the overall winner, Husna Nura from Katsina State, got N100,000.

The sultan further promised to host the 7th edition of the competition in 2018.

In his remarks, Governor Aminu Tambuwal said that the competition would encourage girls to memorise the whole sixty chapters of the Holy Qur’an.

The Secretary to the State Government, Bashir Garba, represented the governor at the occasion.

Mr. Tambuwal announced a gift of hajj seat to the overall winner of the competition in addition to N150, 000 and a deep freezer, among other gifts.

Other winners also went home with deep freezers and cash among other items.

NAN also reports that 22 states participated in the competition which was dedicated for non-Arabic Girls’ Secondary Schools and it was hosted by Sokoto State Government.


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  • Lanre

    OMG! I can’t laugh. You people need to go and form your own sharia country. Peadophiles! Why the focus on girls? Or is it only girls that use social media? What if the girls were accessing the Qu’ran through the Internet. Wallahi, I am tired of these Northern Hausa/Fulani backward thinking people. The reason Nigeria is 100 years behind every decent society known to earth is because of Northern Nigeria. I cannot say it loud enough: YORUBALAND WILL BE FREE! We will breath again. Amen!

    • Eluba Inas

      No, it is because of ignorant fools, begot idiots, and tribalistic animals like you.

      • Lanre

        Your parents are 1diots for giving birth to you.

        • Eluba Inas

          Demented.

    • Alhaji

      Amen

  • Nta Ekeng

    Which one is your own in this matter this man? On ur behalf, the Herdsmen with which u re d alfa and Omega to them, relentlessly fighting hard to win more territories for you outside Northern Nigeria. Shut up, the sultanate you occupy, sooner than later will crumble in Jesus Name….!!!

  • Gary

    A former Sharia Governor and current Senator from Yobe State was just exposed having threesomes in an Abuja Motel.
    The Sultan of Sokoto has nothing to say about that but is more worried about Moslem girls spending time on Social Media.
    Is it social media corrupting little girls but the hypocrites and pedophiles using religion to subjugate the women of the far North?
    Now you want to deny them from knowing how their peers and counterparts in the rest of the country and world live so they will not challenge being no more than glorified teenage baby-makers and sex toys for old perverts hiding under religion. Dear Sultan, you cannot stop the inexorable match of progress. First the young Moslem boys in Egypt camped out at Tahrir Square. Then good Moslem girls joined them. Then their worried mothers went there to beg them to come back and stay indoors like good Moslem girls. Instead, the girls convinced their mothers to join them that they were tired of the life with having a Law degree as a woman in Egypt but the only job you can get is as housemaid to the fat cats in power.
    When the fathers saw their sons, daughters and even wives t the Square, they too joined and all the tear gas and shootings did not deter them until the dictator fell in Egypt.

    All that happened because of Social Media that the Sultan of Sokoto now finds worrisome.

  • soulchild

    Look at this man ooo!!!!. Other countries are encouraging and promoting social media and this man wants to limit girls. Extreme double standards. So it’s fine for the boys to die on top social media since it’s OK if they coming porn addicts and paedophiles. Hypocrites and deceivers!!!! Make we just separate this country make these people waka commot. They are like a wrecking ball tied to our ankles. Ogini!!!!

  • TDaniels2

    How did you kno this mr. Sultan? Have those in your harem been spending on social media rather than attending to you. Or is it that you have been busy recruiting more concubines online? Bloody hypocrite!

  • Ifeanyi

    “Mr. Abubakar advised parents to ensure that their daughters spend more time on meaningful things, like reciting the Holy Qur’an”

    “…more meaningful things like reciting the Holy Quran”….SMH!

    • Muhammad Nur

      He is talking the Muslim girls brother. As Muslims, God comes first. We need to know Him and the best way to know Him, is through the Noble Qur’an. The Qur’an shows you the way. It shows you what to do, what not to do, what to say, how to say it. It teaches you morality, discipline, tolerance, obedience and so much more. It will guide you spiritually, morally, socially, economically, financially, emotionally and otherwise just to be and become a better person that will be useful to the society. If we Muslims, live by the teachings of the Noble Qur’an, our problems would have been solved. Brother, when a spiritually leader is talking, he is talking to a particular group of people. Not you, or the country. I hope this little enlightenment opens your mind. Peace unto you fellow being.

  • Infoezone Infoezone

    This is why there never be peace in this country. How can we stay in the same country with people like this and expect development to come. Is it reading the Koran that will improve the standard of living or your people. Smh!

  • The Rt. or Lft. Hon NinjaK

    Interesting!
    Sooo…..let us all face more meaningful things like reciting koran……instead of using social media.
    Let us not recite physics, chemistry, biology, etc too….so we can enter the Sultan’s Kingdom of Allah.
    And let us all quickly marry our girls at age 12, or 13, or 14, …. so that we would have fully impregnated them (as caregivers) before they have time for social media…..
    Walai…..dia ris goodu ooo!

    • Muhammad Nur

      He is talking the Muslim girls brother. As Muslims, God comes first. We need to know Him and the best way to know Him, is through the Noble Qur’an. The Qur’an shows you the way. It shows you what to do, what not to do, what to say, how to say it. It teaches you morality, discipline, tolerance, obedience and so much more. It will guide you spiritually, morally, socially, economically, financially, emotionally and otherwise just to be and become a better person that will be useful to the society. If we Muslims, live by the teachings of the Noble Qur’an, our problems would have been solved. Brother, when a spiritually leader is talking, he is talking to a particular group of people. Not you, or the country. I hope this little enlightenment opens your mind. Peace unto you fellow being.

      • Infoezone Infoezone

        You people are creating liabilities for the rest of the country that is why we are concerned. You are creating people that cannot be self reliant, unproductive people. People that won’t contribute to our national purse. Seems u don’t get how it affects us non Muslims

        • Muhammad Kabir

          I can see the contribution you are making. Cocaine pushers, baby factory, armed robbers, kidnappers, prostitutes, idol worshiping in shrines, blood money

          • Sophisticated Cock Sucker

            Fresh Boko Haram attacks in Borno disturbing, worrisome – Sen Ndume ON JULY 9, 201710:48 PMIN NEWSCOMMENTS

            Don’t forget TERRORISM, ROAD SIDE BEGGING, DISEASE POOLS, CATTLE IN THE CLASS ROOM INSTEAD OF STUDENTS, MARAUDING THE STREETS WITH AK-47, RAPING CHILDREN, WOMEN AND KILLING THEIR CROPS, BURNING HOUSES DOWN,raping 8 year old girls in the name of marriage, PARASITISM on the rest of Nigeria, Nepotism, low IQ, and dependency on the Eastern Region for survival.
            POST ONE GOOD NEWS FROM THE NORTH CONTRIBUTING TO NIGERIA’S WELFARE. JUST ONE ans I will be satisfied.

            If Yoruba or Igbo has baby factory, it will be because someone wants their baby.
            Who wants an Almajiri LOW IQ road side beggar baby who would grow up to be an ANARCHIST , TERRORIST and PARASITE?

          • Infoezone Infoezone

            You name calling won’t change anything. Come down to Lagos and see the number of northern beggera on the streets. If you have any atom of shame then you should be concerned about your people but its like you all just reason the same way. Feeling pity for u.

      • curseless

        I understand you perfectly but it seems those ISIS and Boko Harams are reading a different Quaran.i guess the same thing goes for other faiths too

      • Powerlessconscious

        It is not immoral to be on social media.

      • George

        Marrying under age girls is also from Gaura. God hate you all.

      • Alhaji

        Are muslims useful to the modern society? So when you rape six month old girls, have sex with goats, murder, behead, fight jihad and loot the treasury as it is in your koran, you will be useful to the modern society? No wonder you are the most parasitic backward humans on earth.

  • Heida

    Dedication,determination and parental upbringing plays role in the success of youths-female and male alike.Surfing the internet and the tendencies of it corrupting the user is dependent on the orientation of the user,and the choice of sites to visit.There are Quran recitation and competition online.Arabic studies pages also exists in high proportion.To say that much time spent online negatively impact on the aptitude of our muslim sisters cannot on the whole be correct,unless and untill the
    veracity of this assertion is availed via a reliable statistical research work.Many visits the internet in quest for knowledge,among other reasons.

  • Sophisticated Cock Sucker

    He is scared Girls might get educated from their current Almajiri Jihadist states into mindful and critical thinkers to reject the Shit they have been fed.
    What happens when they find out they do not have to be Raped at age of 8 by a 56 year old Sultan or given away at birth for the enjoyment of a pervert Cleric looking for children to molest?
    Education, the great liberator.

    • Muhammad Kabir

      Pure stupidity and lack of focus

      • Right Minded

        frustrated mullah! You are doomed !

      • DelicateFlower

        no more 8 year old pussy for you, PERVERT!

    • uduakomiri

      Well spoken!

  • 0tile

    Allah wubade

  • curseless

    In an open society like Nigeria the gender of who is spending time on social media should not even be an issue unless someone is poking around. Why can a boy have a freedom to be on social media and a girl doesn’t. Even in Saudi Arabia women out perform the male to escape boredom. Kindly let’s stay away from this attempt to muzzle the women folks

  • ijelejames

    Bush man sultan, what about boys? What is your business with how much time people spend on social media? What were you doing on social media? If you have the right to spend time there, why can’t girls? You are a wild hater, cave man! Please go control your wives and daughters. Leave Nigerian girls alone. It is a free world.

  • uduakomiri

    Anu ohia Sultan. He is planning to marry them but it is like he can’t find any more timid girls to screw with his small desert thing because all these girls now want better things. And fucking sultan dinosaur is complaining. Silly man. I saw some of the rescued Chibok girls with Trump in the WH and it is almost impossible to recognise anyone of those girls. They looked so sophisticated, confident, and brimming with life. And you look back to what they were a couple of years back, and suddenly you are overwhelmed by anger on how these sokoto caliphate and the emirate system in the north are at the centre of the backwardness in that part of the country especially as it affects young girls, and boys who these emirs and the sultan ensure they remain disadvantaged on the pretext of tradition and silly religion.
    Dont worry Sultan, the internet is here to stay, it is more powerful than any religion and tradition put together. Before long, these emirs and sultan in the north with their peers all over the country will realize that the world has left them behind because no one will even bother to listen or entertain their dinosaur era ideas. Fools

  • uduakomiri

    Sultan is angry cos he can’t find any new hoardes under-age children to penetrate, and give away to his paedophile friends and chiefs. This is just the start. Before long, there wont be any more girl left in the north who would want to be a wife at 10 years. The great river of the internet has flooded the backwardness of the koran, and outdated traditions. The crown prince of saudi arabia, BNS has already started programmes that allow for live pop music shows in saudi arabia, internet access there is just as easy as drinking carmel milk there while this bush man sultan is talking as if we have to go back to the time when the internet did not exist. As Africans, we always over do everything. See what churches here are doing, while they people who brought the white man’s god are busy developing and enjoying while we are busy praying. When you go to our cities, the biggest buildings you see is either a church or a mosque, bht in Doha, and Riyyahd the biggest buildings you see are either hospitals, high rise apartment blocks or five star hotels.

  • Dike Offor

    Mr Sultan..I believe such messages is for the rich not the poor…because if you don’t have anything to say in a civilized world …you keep low…Nigeria government need to take this royal recognition from the constitution..marking the rich becoming richer..we don’t need all this

  • George

    Satan of Sokoto do you have girls student in your region. Animal anytime they see girls opening to outside world they feel threaten because they won’t get them cheap to practice their occultic marriage arrangement of under age slave wife.

    Yeye Mullahs see his dirty face, candidate of hell fire.

  • MilitaryPolice01

    Reading the comments below, I am shocked at the myopic and below standard level of reasoning of Nigerians. It takes someone objective to see the point in what the Sultan is saying, people must learn to separate the message from the messenger. This is not about Islamic practices or maltreatment of women, even in the Church youths of today (including men) are being warned about the vices of too much social media, I can testify to this as an unashamedly practicing Christian.

    Countless research, so many of them with results on the web have shown an increased presence of youths on Social Media, and a majority of these research has concluded that its overall effects on the youth are negative. The have specifically named effects like distractions from their academic work, career progress, waste of productive time, easier access to pornography and other immoral vices, a shocking propensity for knowledge and IQ deficiency and so many others – please just research this and see for yourselves.

    Yes Social Media is good and has its many benefits and advantages but like everything else in life, if there is no moderation, if its not managed, controlled and used beneficially, its will have negative effects which is what the Sultan is trying to say – although the Sultan should have not limited his statement to girls only but boys too.

    • George

      You maybe right but coming from a man we all known what he is capable of doing with under age girls hence those commits below.

      We hate him as a person and as an emir from the pit of hell fire where him and his like belong.

  • thusspokez

    Nonsense, I am sure that ‘Bandage head’ would rather have them recite the Koran 24/7. Why is he picking on girls? Don’t boys do the same?

    Old fuddy duddies should let children be children! The Internet is not just for social media but for education, culture, knowledge acquisition, business transaction, entertainment, (breaking) news, or what have you.

  • Mamman Bako

    Very misogynistic comment that should NOT be tolerated in this day and age in this country. Useless and annoying comment.

  • George

    instead scholarship they gave her seat to devil hajj. backward region.

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  • Alhaji

    When you behead innocent people, murder, rape six month old girls, fight jihad, loot treasury, have sex with she goats like muslims in katsina State and visit Mecca, you are a holy man according to koran, but when girls visit the social medial, it is a sin. Southern folks, how do u think we can develop with these primitive people?

  • omo56

    Facing near bleak future (early marriage with lots of kids, jobless husbands)these young ladies can only read and recite the Koran much and so long daily that they are looking and praying for better futures, using their imaginations and sharing their dreams, goals and aspirations with their peers

    This man can and will never relate to our youth of today