The former Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, at the weekend, visited members of the Tijaniyyah Order in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Muhammadu Sanusi II, who paid a courtesy visit to Governor Nyesom Wike at Government House, Port Harcourt before meeting with the group, said he was on a familiarisation tour to leaders and members of Tjjaniyyah Order who are resident in Rivers State because he is their Grand Khaleefa.
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He assured the governor that the Order does not tolerate extremism, but advocates peace, brotherhood, togetherness, solidarity and progress of the country.
He said that the group is a peaceful organisation that does not harbour criminals in its midst, saying that it also does not tolerate any extremists.
“This is part of the familiarisation tour to meet with the leaders and members of the order here in Port Harcourt.
“I will like to thank your excellency, they have informed me of the support they have received and we have watched closely the efforts of his excellency to make Rivers a home for all Nigerians.
“To make all Nigerians feel they are true citizens of this country and to protect life and property and the freedom of persons.
“I would like to assure you that this order is a Sufi Order, it is a peaceful order.
“We do not have among us any extremist. We do not encourage any kind of criminal activity. We advocate peace, brotherhood, togetherness, solidarity.
“Our interest would be the progress of this country but we are committed as a group to play our role in supporting leadership that will bring development to the Nigerian people because we are convinced that if the leadership of the country and the sub-nationals is not up to speed, all of us suffer. If we have good leaders, all Nigerians benefit.”
He noted with delight the quality of leadership demonstrated by Wike in making Rivers State home for all Nigerians.
He also acknowledged the quality of public infrastructure, the development strides and security provided for all residents by the Wike’s administration.
Governor Nyesom Wike, in his response, urged Nigerians to work together to salvage the country from current political and socio-economic woes.
He pointed out that development can only be secured in a society that promotes good governance that is predicated on the rule of law.
According to Wike, the country’s economy is not doing well.
He maintained that everybody can attest to the fact that things are not well in Nigeria and it does not matter how pretenders try to exonerate themselves from the happenings.
“We should brace up; it behoves of all Nigerians to say, ‘we must work together to salvage our country. We must work together to move this country forward’. It doesn’t matter where you come from.
“Because poverty does not know Fulani, it does not know Hausa, it does not know Igbo, it does not know Yoruba, it does not know other ethnic groups,” Wike added.