The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has urged the Nigerian Army to avoid tribalism, warning that it could lead to division within the military and the nation.


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On Wednesday, during the opening of the new Nigerian Army Armoured Corps headquarters complex in Bauchi and at the senior armored officers’ reunion and retirement ceremony. He said, “In the military today, many issues are focused on one’s background—whether someone is a Muslim or a Christian, Hausa, Igbo, or Yoruba. In the past, these differences didn’t matter. Please, don’t let such divisions enter the army, as it could be what tears us apart.”

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The Sultan also advised Nigerians not to criticize military personnel working to restore peace across the country. He stressed, “We need to support and pray for the military because, without security, we can’t sleep, work, or worship safely.”

The Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed, represented by his deputy, Auwal Mohammed Jatau, reaffirmed the state’s commitment to supporting the Nigerian Army and other security agencies in maintaining peace and protecting the lives and property of citizens.