The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar has declared that non-muslims are not subject to the Sharia law operational in Sokoto State.
The Sultan also assured that non-muslims should not exhibit any fear about their religious preference as they are safe and free to practice their religion.
He explained that Sharia is only binding on Muslims and no one will be forced to join Islam.
Naija News understands the religious/traditional ruler gave the assurance on Thursday in his palace when he played host to the management team of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Sokoto along with some selected corps members.
The NYSC team was led by the Sokoto State coordinator, Alhaji Muhammad Nakamba.
Speaking, the Sultan said, “In Sokoto, Sharia law is only binding on Muslims, nobody will force you to wear Hijab or force you to obey Islamic laws if you are not a Muslim.”
He urged the corps members to be good representatives of the scheme wherever they are posted to for their primary assignment.
“If you are posted to schools, impact the lives of the students, make them better than you met them,” he added
The Sultan urged them further to impact their host communities positively.
“If you have a problem at the place of your primary assignment or where you are posted to, contact the district head over there; they are your guardians in the community,’’ he stated.
Nakamba during the visit appreciated the Sultan and praised the corps members for their exceptional discipline and obedience.