Sultan Abubakar commended the Federal Government for banning codeine which, he noted, he had earlier called for during the National Council of Health meeting that took place in Abuja but was not heeded until a BBC documentary was shown on how the substance destroys the youths. He then urged Sokoto State government set up a task force committee to enforce the Federal Government directive.
The Sultan also asked the Federal Government to urgently check the incessant killings and kidnapping in Zamfara State, which, he said, was assuming an alarming rate. He said that, going by the situation in recent months, many lives had been lost in Zamfara, adding that Sokoto shares some of the problems along the border local government areas with Zamfara namely Isa, Sabon Birmi, Rabah, Kbbe and Tureta.
The Sultan acknowledged that “government, security agencies and traditional leaders are doing their best to see that the situation does not escalate”, adding that “strategies are being put in place to ensure that the state (Sokoto) is fully protected and by extension Zamfara State.” He said, “All hands must be on deck to save this situation in Zamfara State.”
On the refuse littering the Sokoto metropolis, Abubakar urged the state government to do something about it. The Sultan lauded security agents for ensuring peace in Sokoto.
On the current war on corruption, Abubakar reminded Muslims that Islam is totally against corruption. He said he was fully in support of government in the war and urged government to punish any corrupt person no matter how highly placed. The monarch however expressed his displeasure on how some corrupt persons were not being sanctioned, adding that, “There should be no sacred cow. When you are caught in this corruption war, you should be punished”.