Sunday, 14 August 2016

Muslims Should Be Treated Equally - Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa'ad Abubakar tells Governments at all Level




The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has called on governments at all levels including State and local governments to show equal rights to Muslims as art of the efforts to promote unity in Nigeria.
According to the PUNCH the Sultan made this statement during the General Assembly meeting of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs held in Benin, Edo State Capital, yesterday, Saturday.
Dignitaries at the meeting were the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, the Edo State governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, and the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi.
According to source, while declaring the event open, Oshiomhole emphasize on the need for the fear of God to impact positively on the lives of the citizens in the country.
In the Sultan’s statement read in parts, “As Muslims, we want nothing but a very peaceful and stable Nigeria. As Muslims, we believe we must stay together as one big family as so desired by the Almighty Allah who put this country together.
He added, “As Muslims, we want to treat people equally, fairly and justly, there should be justice for all of us. We are not asking for preferential or special treatment for anybody.
Government at all levels should treat Muslims fairly. What is due to Muslims must be given to Muslims. And when we are given what we should have, it is not a favour to us, it is our right.
“So, when we get this done, the issue of hijab and so many other things affecting Islam, I believe, are our right, not privilege, unless the constitution is changed.”
According to PUNCH Newspaper, the former Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin, Edo State, also expressed concerns over the tagging of some criminals across the world as Muslims, adding that such individuals should b addressed as criminals or terrorists rather than Muslims.
He also made this note that, every Nigerian should see Islam as a religion of peace.
In his statement he said, “Those bad people among us, like in other religions, we should pick them out and teach them the tenets of Islam. If they refuse to change, that is their own problem; we will meet with creator on the Last day (Judgment day).
“In any society, there are many terribly bad people, so many who are not Muslims but carry out criminal activities with some Muslim organizations either in America, France and even in Nigeria.
“I am very glad that about two weeks ago, the Pope made a very strong statement defending Islam as a religion of peace. That is (the) Pope, the leader of over two billion Catholics in the world. I think that is the message all of us should pick, whether we are Muslims, Christians, Jews or whatever.
Meanwhile, an Islamic scholar at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Sulaiman, has attributed attacks by the Boko Haram insurgents in the North-East to the drying up of Lake Chad, which he said was a source of livelihood for about 30 million persons, including 15 million Nigerians.
Sulaiman, who spoke on “Islamic Recipe for Peace in Nigeria,” explained that the lake had shrunken from 26,000 to 4,000 square kilometres, leading to a food crisis and mass migration to other parts of the North.


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