By Muhammad Nasir
On Sunday, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, turbaned no less than 20 dignitaries, including three sons of the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, the late Ibrahim Dasuki, with traditional caliphate titles.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the turbaning ceremony took place at the Sultan’s Palace in the ancient city of Sokoto and seat of the Caliphate.
The event was unique and offered its most famous traditional honor and hospitality to dignitaries, making it the first of its kind in the history of the Caliphate.
In his speech at the ceremony, the Sultan instructed the new title holders to remain committed to strengthening the administrative roles and responsibilities of the Caliphate to humanity.
Abubakar said the event was historic as it traces the footprints of the determined legacy of the late Othman Dan Fodiyo.
“Your turbanning is a great honor and an opportunity to serve society and the entire Sokoto Caliphate. For this reason, I expect you to shoulder all responsibilities with dedication and commitment.
“We humbly believe that you would help achieve a favorable and rewarding Ramadan, in peace and for the benefit of Muslims, while keeping people closer to the caliphate.
“In addition, people should continue to pray for the turbanized, to enable them to fulfill the responsibilities that are incumbent upon them all,” he said.
Abubakar further called on Nigerians to maintain their prayers for the leaders, to enable them to meet all the security challenges that plague some parts of the country.
NAN reports that among the 20 people with turbines were three sons of the 18th Sultan of Sokoto, the late Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki.
They included a former legislator in the National Assembly and Sokoto State Finance Commissioner, Abdussamad Dasuki agitated as Santuraki de Sokoto, Abubakar Dasuki as Danmaje and Alhaji Khadir Dasuki as Durbi.
The other turbaned dignitaries were: Sokoto State Pilgrim Protection Agency President Alhaji Muhtari Maigona as Zanna, former Governor of Kogi State Alhaji Ibrahim Idris as Jekada.
A former director of the NNPC, Alhaji Faruk Ahmad, was assaulted as Danmadami, and the director general of the National Automobile Design and Development Council (NADDC) Alhaji Jelani Aliyu. (NOPE)
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