Sokoto — The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar, has said that the practice of Zakat is capable of eradicating poverty. The statement comes as the Sokoto State Zakat and Endowment Committee disclosed that it collected and distributed N105.3 million between January and now.
Speaking during flag off of an enlightenment campaign on the payment of Zakat, organised by the Muslim Ummah in Sokoto, the Sultan said: "Giving out Zakkat and endowment, according to the teachings of Islam will surely purify our wealth and also eradicate poverty in our society."
The Sultan, who was represented by the Galadiman Garin-Sokoto, urged Muslims and the leaders to be faithful and always fear Allah in the conduct of their activities.
In his remarks, Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Alhaji Tukur Alkali, said the affluent in the state need to ensure they play their roles as stated in the Quran.
The commissioner, who was represented by Sokoto State Director for Shari'a and Religious Affairs, Alhaji Aminu Aliyu, added that government needs to be supported in ensuring the welfare of the masses.