By Muhammad Nasir
Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), has declared that the orphans of insurgency are his children.
He made the declaration on Saturday at the Eid-el-Fitr lunch, organised for the students of UK Jarma Academy in Sokoto.
The school, the brainchild of a Sokoto-based philanthropist, Alhaji Umarun Kwabo, has orphans from Borno, Yobe and Sokoto states, whose education is being sponsored by Kwabo, up to the tertiary level.
The Sultan said that the children “are no longer orphans because he is their father.
“We will continue to ensure that these children are living comfortably; we are their parents and they are our children,” he said.
Abubakar also called on scholars to provide more enlightenment on the need for the society to support orphans.
“The gesture, if properly sustained by our society, will drastically reduce the ugly situation of rampant begging across our domain,” he said.
The Sultan urged the sponsor of the children, the Sokoto State Government and others, to continue to support the initiative.
He also called on all Nigerians to fervently pray for the peace, unity and progress in the country.
Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Munir Dan’iya, pledged his administration’s commitment to supporting orphans.
He thanked Kwabo for sustaining the initiative and appealed to other affluent citizens to emulate the gesture, considering its abundant reward from the Almighty Allah.
Earlier, Kwabo said that the gesture was part of his commitment to encouraging the society to support orphans across the country.
“This initiative is a message to all Nigerians. I am sure, no matter how little, one can assist to reduce the burden of a single orphan within the society,” he said.
Also speaking, Mallam Mohammed Maidoki, Chairman, UK Jarma Management Board, thanked the sponsor for taking the responsibility for the children’s education to the tertiary level.
He said that the children were exposed to various skill acquisition programmes, including tailoring, phone repairs and knitting.