Sultan: Always verify your facts first – Sokoto government replies Shettima

Sokoto State Government has said it is important for the Vice President, Kashim Shettima to always verify facts before reacting or commenting on sensitive national matters.

Governor Ahmad Aliyu Sokoto’s spokesman, Abubakar Bawa, released a statement in response to the public warning Shettima made at the Northwest Security Summit in Katsina on Monday regarding purported plans to depose the Sultan.

The state government said the Vice President should have contacted the governor’s office to verify the news to depose Sultan Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III before going public.

The governor urged Shettima to always have full knowledge of issues of national concern before commenting on them.

The statement read in part; “We sincerely expected the Vice President to have consulted the Governor before going public.

“As an elder statesman and a father to all he should have facts and figures before judging on issues raised by mischief makers and the mushroom social media handlers known for negative propaganda.

“The fact of the matter is that there was never any attempt to sack the Sultan nor have we sent him any threat regarding that.

“Sultan enjoys all the powers he is entitled to. We never denied him any of his freedom or rights. We therefore do not need to be told to guard, protect, and promote the Sultan. It is our sole responsibility.”

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