Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the sultan of Sokoto, has said it’s virtually impossible to Islamise Nigeria.
The Muslim cleric said God — creator of all things — would have bequeathed to human beings only one religion if that was his intention for the world.
The sultan therefore insisted that the alleged plans to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state is farfetched.
He commented on the issue on Friday, at the commissioning of the International Centre for Inter-Faith Peace and Harmony’s office in Kaduna.
Sultan said: “Nigeria has a Muslim president and before him was a Christian president. We must see ourselves as one big family, without that, we cannot have peace.
“It is not possible to Islamise Nigeria. If God had wanted, He would have created all Christians or all Muslims.
“We are not secular but a multi-religious state because the people are so religious. We must respect one another and understand the tenets of the two religions.”
The president of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs also called for peace among all religions while stressing that “killing” is not in the Quran.
“We have seen countries where people are killing one another. Obviously, there can be no peace in such countries. Killing is not part of the teachings of the holy book,” he added.