By Nafiu Busari
The Sultan of Sokoto and President, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, SCIA, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar has called on the Muslim Ummah to prioritize the healthcare sector by investing heavily in order to address the challenges facing the sector.
The Sultan of Sokoto stated this in Saki, Oyo State, during the fundraising for the upgrading of Muslim Hospital and College of Nursing, School of Nursing Sciences of the Muslim Medical Foundation, Saki.
Alhaji Abubakar encouraged wealthy individuals to support projects that would benefit the community, stating that Muslims should ensure that the hospital project is built.
The Sultan of Sokoto, who said he has always been willing to visit Saki for a very long time, emphasized that good health complements wealth.
He said: “Everybody around this area and around this state that needs to have medical care would come down here for treatment. We just commissioned school and we hope for many more too”.
“We are making efforts to ensure that all the project laid down are able to fly through all the wealthy people I have personal relationship with to also make their own contributions.”
He made reference to Sokoto State, where Catholics built hospitals, and accessed, not only by Christians but Muslims also, advising the Muslims to keep seeing their Christians fellow as brothers.
He, however, expressed appreciation to the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde, for supporting his movement to Saki, praying God to continue to guide him in directing the affairs of the state.
In an address of welcome, the Governor of Oyo State, Governor Seyi Makinde gave an assurance that the current administration would continue to support the development of each community in the state, whilst urging residents to keep living in the spirit of love regardless of religious differences.
Engineer Makinde, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Adebayo Lawal, congratulated donors for the launch, noting that much work needed to be done as a community to bring the project up to standard.
The governor commended Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar for his support, whilst also assuring that the project land would receive the certificate of occupancy within three months.
The Okere of Sakiland, Oba Khalid Olabisi in his remarks, expressed gratitude to Governor Seyi Makinde for gracing the occasion.
The event had in attendance top government functionaries including serving senators, Federal House of Representatives members, traditional rulers among others.