The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Tuesday in Sokoto, lauded the efforts of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, to promote religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.
The News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) reports that Kerry was speaking during a courtesy visit on the Sultan at his palace .
He said that the Sultanate Council was building a community of tolerance for peace, progress and political stability in Nigeria.
He said the United States would continue to identify itself with the Sultanate in strengthening religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.
Mr. Kerry said being the first secretary of state to visit the seat of the caliphate, all hands should be on deck towards strengthening religious knowledge among Nigerians.
Sultan Abubakar had earlier expressed delight at the visit.
He said the council would continue to promote peaceful coexistence among Nigerians for the overall political growth of the country.
He said religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians remained the principal objective of the Sultanate in mobilising Nigerians to tolerate one another for peace, progress and political stability of the country .
Gov Aminu Tambuwal, who accompanied Kerry to the palace, said the state government would continued to strengthen peaceful coexistence among the people, irrespective of religious, tribal and political differences.
” We don’t discriminate on religious, tribal, ethnic or political affiliations as we accommodate all for peace and harmony, ” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Kerry had a closed-door meeting with Mr. Abubakar and some leaders of the two major religions.
Gov. Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara and Inuwa Abdulkadir, Deputy National Chairman of APC North West, were present during the courtesy visit on the Sultan.