U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar.
Kerry who is on a working visit to Nigeria, commended the efforts of the Sultan in promoting religious tolerance and understanding among citizens in the country.
The sultanate council, he said, was building a community of tolerance for peace, progress and political stability in Nigeria.
He said that the United States would continue to identify itself with the Sultanate in strengthen religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.
He said that being the first Secretary of state to visit the Caliphate, “all hands should be on gear towards strengthening religious knowledge among Nigerians’’.
Sultan Abubakar had earlier expressed delight with the visit of John Kerry to the Sokoto .
He said that Sultanate council would continue to promote peaceful coexistence among Nigerians for the overall political growth of the country.
He explained that religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians remained the main objectives of the Sultanate council and expressed the commitment of the sultanate in mobilizing Nigerians to tolerate one another for peace, progress and political stability in the country.
Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state also informed the visiting US secretary that the Sokoto state government would continue to strengthen peaceful coexistence by promoting tolerating among the people.
” We don’t discriminate on religious basis tribe ,ethnic and political affiliations. We accommodate all for peace and harmony ” he said.
Kerry had a closed door meeting with the Sultan and some leaders religious of the two major religions.
Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, deputy National Chairman of APC North West were present at the palace.