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Sultan urges pastors, imams to speak truth to political leaders on transparency

The Sultan said it was important for clerics to be honest and transparent when engaging political leaders.

• August 29, 2023
Sultan of Sokoto Muhammad Abubakar III

The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar, has urged leaders of faith-based institutions to always counsel political leaders on transparency.

Mr Abubakar made the plea on Monday in Abuja at the bi-annual review meeting of religious leaders on primary health care delivery.

The meeting was organised by the Federal Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, in collaboration with the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA).

The Sultan said it was important for clerics to be honest and transparent when engaging political leaders.

“When religious leaders convey the truth to political leaders, they can help ensure that decisions and policies are based on accurate information and align with moral and ethical principles,” he said.

The president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Daniel Okoh, pledged to engage in more collaboration with NPHCDA to improve access to health care, particularly in rural areas.

Mr Okoh, who acknowledged the key role clerics play in advocacy and sensitisation, said political leaders must be held accountable to improve the country’s health care system.

The coordinating Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Ali Pate, commended the contribution of the faith community to healthcare delivery in the country.

The minister stressed the importance of partnership between the government and the faith community.

Pate, who drew attention to the constantly evolving nature of the medical field, said there was a need for regular collaboration between healthcare providers and clerics.

“By coming together, sharing knowledge and staying informed about current developments, we can ensure that world-class and standard healthcare services are provided to Nigerians,” he said.

The executive director of NPHCDA, Faisal Shuaib, called on clerics to join efforts to bolster primary healthcare and the holistic well-being of the nation.

The NPHCDA boss emphasised the power of unity and collective action in promoting health and well-being.

The meeting had in attendance leaders of faith-based institutions, health development partners and top management members of staff in the health ministry and NPHCDA.


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