No wonder he is soaring higher and higher. Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the head of the Islamic religious community in the country, is really a man of the people. He seems gentle at heart, meek, humble and accommodating. Much of this was on display last Sunday when he stormed the ancient Iwo town to declare open the re-constructed ultra-modern palace of Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi Ilufemiloye 1, and also inaugurate the Wings Schools Central Mosque in the same town owned by former INEC National Commissioner for South-west, Prof. Lai Olurode. Right from the time the professor and others went to receive the Sultan at the airport in Ibadan to the point the Oluwo also went to receive them at the border of the town along Iwo-Ibadan road, Sultan’s affection for the people had been showcased openly.
In the same vehicle with Oluwo of Iwo and seeing the people lining the streets to welcome him, as they approached the town, he told Oba Akanbi to wind down the glass of the Mercedes Benz they were riding in for him to see the people well. At the Oluwo’s Palace, he commended the state of the art settees and decorations and facilities and wondered how Oluwo was able to do all that within three months of his appointment. At the Wings School, as much as former Vice Chancellor of the University of Ilorin and at present Secretary-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, tried to rush the programmes to save time, the Sultan stood his ground, saying he was at home and among his people. “I didn’t expect to see such a large number of people. I thought it was going to be a small event. But when we came we saw a large crowd of people eager to see us. I’m eager to see them too. It’s Prof. Oloyede who is rushing. I’m not in a hurry, I feel at home here”.
At one time, he told Prof. Oloyede: “You can’t do anything; I still have the floor. I’m with my brother Oluwo and with my people”. At another time, he asked the Alasalatu Group, which had hitherto been ruled out of the programme because of time constraint, to come and entertain the people and use from his own time. And when it appeared the group was taking more than enough time he said in Yoruba-“Oti to, Alasalatu Group, Oti to”.