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The Sultan and the Plane Crash

The Nigerian plane crash that had Muslim leader, sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Maccido aboard, (who was the head of the National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, which determines when Muslim fasts should begin and end and decides policy issues for Nigeria's overwhelmingly Sunni Muslims,) has raised a few eyebrows.

In October of 2005 the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, said a number of the foreign policies of the United States government were “deliberately against Islam.” He said this while receiving the US ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. John Campbell, at his palace. Citing US policies on Palestine, Iraq, and Afghanistan the Sultan told the visiting envoy that Muslims the world over feel that “some decisions of the leading members of the international community are not balanced.”

In another article he urged in his sallah message for Nigerians to learn to tolerate one another and eschew all forms of violence for the country's continued existence. He condemned in strong terms the rising cases of ethnic/religious crises and armed robbery in the country and called on well-meaning Nigerians to find lasting solutions to the problem.

In September of 2005 he condemned the hike in the prices of petro products, while speaking to the national executive council meeting of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).
Saying it was hard to justify the high price placed on fuel by the government.