The Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has felicitated with the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, on his 64th birthday.
A statement yesterday in Jos the Plateau State capital, by the forum’s Chairman and Governor Simon Lalong said such a special day evokes the great achievements of the Sultan over the years, particularly in promoting peace, unity and development of Nigeria.
“You have remained a great advocate of good governance, peaceful coexistence and leadership, which explains your consistent support and wise counsel, particularly to governors of the Northern region and the country at large.
“We are proud of your advocacy and support towards tackling the challenges of the region as you remain a source of inspiration to the Northern Governors Forum.”
Lalong said the forum had drawn a lot of support from the royal father in many areas for addressing insecurity, poverty, illiteracy as well as ending the almajiri phenomenon, which had defied various attempts to end it, until recently when the region’s governors started returning almajiri to their families and taking care of their education and welfare.
The forum prayed God to grant the royal father good health, more wisdom and divine protection.
It urged him not to be deterred in availing the nation his wealth of experience and fatherly advice on critical issues that border on the well-being of the people.