Sultan hails `Change begins with me’

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The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has hailed the recently introduced `Change Begins With Me’ campaign by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

“The president deserves commendation for making this bold move christened, The Change begins With me,’’ he said.

Abubakar spoke in Sokoto on Monday when, Gov. Aminu Tambuwal, paid him the traditional Sallah homage.

Abubakar said: “the campaign cannot come at a better time than now when Nigeria is in dire need of change.

“Change is, however, very unpalatable and pretty difficult as such Nigerians should be cooperative and patient.

“Destruction is always very easy, while reconstruction takes more time and patience is required.’’

The monarch said Nigerians should start the campaign by self-appraisal, adding: “we should look inwards, reappraise our behaviours and our attitudes from our various and workplaces.

“We should start and contribute to the campaign by re-orientating ourselves and this should be done by Nigerians at all levels.’’

Abubakar further acknowledged the ongoing efforts by the government to revamp education, agriculture, security and all facets of life.

The sultan maintained, “the situation should never remain as usual’’, if Nigeria must truly change for the better.

He commended the state government for setting up a special committee to restore the lost glory of education in the state.

“I have agreed to chair the committee out of my desire to see to the growth and development of the state and Nigeria, in general.

“Education is the only key to Nigeria’s development and parents should allow their children to acquire both western and religious education,’’ Abubakar added.

Tambuwal had told the sultan that the visit was to appreciate his sustained royal prayers, advice and wise counsel.

He commended the sultan for his relentless efforts to ensure lasting peace and unity in Nigeria and beyond.

The governor promised to work to ensure the planned resettlement efforts of fulani herdsmen in Nigeria.

Tambuwal maintained that the planned establishment of grazing reserves by the Federal Government was the only panacea to the recurring clashes between fulani herdsmen and farmers.

The News Agency of Nigeria recalls that the National Orientation Agency (NOA) recently unveiled the campaign aimed at integrating all Nigerians in the present administration’s drive to bring about the need change in the country.

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