About the Foundation
The Sultan Foundation for Peace and Development (SFPD) is a private, non-profit and non-governmental organization concerned with peace and development. The Organization was established in Nigeria in November 2014, with the aim of promoting development, peaceful co-existence, tolerance, better understanding of Islam and provision of humanitarian aid to the needy and the vulnerable in Nigeria.
The headquarters of the Organization is situated in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria. It has established relationships and cooperation with a number of institutions and organizations in Nigeria and outside it.
The Foundation’s Board of Trustees is made up of eminent citizens and is chaired by His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar CFR mni.
The Foundation’s objectives include but not limited to:
- Promote education, research, resource development and scholarship for human development and social progress;
- Develop the capacity of the Ulama (Islamic Scholars) to understand and preach moderation in order to counter extremism and terrorism;
- Promote tolerance and facilitate better understanding of Islam through education, intra-faith and inter-faith engagement;
- Strengthen the capacity of Da’wah organizations and programmes;
- Reduce poverty through wealth creation, human development and entrepreneurial training, support and placement opportunities for youth and women; and
- Support relief and welfare of vulnerable groups especially widows, orphans and the sick through local Muslim charities.
Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar
Chairman Board of Trustees
What to Expect
Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar CFR mni is the 20th Sultan of the historic Sokoto Caliphate, the Nigerian Ameerul Mu‘mineen (Commander of the Faithful), and President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), the two apex bodies that represent the entire Muslims of the country. With this he assumes the responsibility of representing the Muslims of Nigeria, defending their rights, protecting their interests, promoting their wellbeing and ensuring positive relationship between them and the political leadership of the country as well as members of other faith communities in the country, and beyond. He is also the Chairman of the Northern Traditional Rulers Council and is co-Chairman of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).
He was a Brigadier General in the Nigerian Army at the time he was appointed Sultan on Thursday, 2nd November, 2006 at the age of 50 years. His military career began when he was commissioned Second Lieutenant on 17th December 1977. In the course of this career, he attended various professional courses and seminars in Nigeria and abroad and held various appointments in Command and Staff positions, including at African Union (AU) Peacekeeping Operations in Chad Republic, 1981;
Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Secretariat as Military Liaison Officer, 1995-1999; ECOWAS Operations in Sierra Leone as Commander 1999-2000; and Nigeria’s Defence Adviser to Pakistan with concurrent accreditation to Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States, February 2003 to February 2006. During his military service, he was decorated with several medals.
As the leader of Nigerian Muslims, Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar has demonstrated great commitment towards building interfaith trust, harmonious coexistence and sustainable peace between various religious and ethnic communities in the country. Through the NIREC, which he reformed and made vibrant, he promoted inter-religious understanding in the country. He also initiated a number of peace building programmes including various interfaith initiatives and intra-faith reconciliation meetings and conferences.
His efforts in peace building are recognized nationally and internationally. He was positioned as the 22nd among the 500 World’s Most Influential Muslims.
Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar has presented many papers on Islam, human rights, peace, and religious harmony in a number of conferences across the world including at the Centre for the Study of Democracy, Toleration and Religion, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University, New York (November 7, 2007); to the Panel on Peace, Prosperity and The Rule of Law at the World Justice Project (WJP) Forum, Vienna, Australia (July 3, 2008) and at the Common-Word Conference, Georgetown University Washington DC, USA (October 6th – 8th, 2009). These are in addition to many other lectures and speeches he has presented in different parts of Nigeria and abroad.