The Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has called on Muslims wherever they are to expose bad elements among them, saying terrorism has no place in Islam.
The Sultan also urged Muslims to educate their children to prevent the young ones from being recruited into terrorism and insurgency.
Sultan Abubakar spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Saturday at the investiture of the Grand Imam of Ekiti, Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere Bello, as President General of the League of Imams and Alfas in South-West, Edo and Delta states.
Expressing delight with the existing cordial relationship between Muslims and Christians in the state, the Sultan, who is the spiritual leader of the Muslim community in Nigeria, said the presence of adherents of the two faiths at the investiture of Sheikh Bello was a big lesson for everybody to take home.
According to him, occasions like this does not call for merrymaking but to address some issues facing Muslims in Nigeria and other parts of the world, especially terrorism, which he maintained was not an Islamic agenda.
Abubakar condemned terrorism in strong terms, saying tackling the menace was a task that must be accomplished, while urging Muslims not to hesitate to fish out those he described as “bad elements” that engage in acts not supported by the religion.
“We know what Islam is presently facing, most especially the issue of terrorism. We know this is not an Islamic agenda and the biggest challenge facing the (new) President General is to bring all Imams, Alfas and Ulamas to brainstorm on how we can stop our children from participating in anti-Islamic activities.
“As teachers in Islamic studies, we want you to teach our children what Islam is and what Islam is not. Imagine a 10-year-old involved in suicide bombing and killing, this has no place in Islam and has no basis in our religion.
“Fish out bad elements among Muslims and have them dealt with as criminals, we have to educate our children what Islam is and what Islam is not.
“If we know any bad person among us, let us fish them out. It is a big task no doubt, we must be united as Ummah because what binds us together is Islam.
“We must work together to bring our clerics together to tackle terrorism and extremism because this is unIslamic not only in Nigeria but in other parts of the world.
“The way we can do it is through education and not through alms taking. We are one people and we will continue to be one people.
“Those doing contrary to the Qur’an and the Bible must be dealt with, let us tell them that what they are doing is unIslamic. We are proud to be Muslims and we have no regrets that God created us Muslims.
“We must follow the teachings of Islam, the tenets of Islam. There is no compulsion in religion. Insha Allah, Nigeria will be a better place to live in.
“Let us unite. Let us come together. Let us fish out the evil ones among us. Go back home and reflect on what we have heard here today”, the Sultan stressed.
The Sultan was particularly delighted at the presence at the event of the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, who is a Christian and the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, the Most Revd. Felix Ajakaye.
Speaking shortly after his installation, Sheikh Kewulere paid tributes to all his predecessors and expressed gratitude to his colleagues in the League in all the eight states under his domain.
He promised to justify the confidence reposed in him and build on the foundation already laid to promote Islam and inter-religious harmony.
Dignitaries at the event included Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose represented by his wife, Feyisetan; Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko represented by his deputy, Alhaji Lasisi Oluboyo; Secretary General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede; Asiwaju Musulumi of Yorubaland, Asiwaju Khamis Olatunde Badmus, who was represented by Senator Hamsat Bayo Salami, Executive Secretary, Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC), Prof. Rasheed Aderinoye; former Deputy Governor of old Ondo State, Alhaji Musa Ayeni; former Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Sikiru Lawal,and the Olukare of Ikare Akoko, Oba Akadiri Momoh.
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
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Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.
The moment Morayo and Co decided to leave the station after it had been taken over by hoodlums.
— My Opinion (@Diji_O) October 21, 2020
Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.
The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.
Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.
Watch the video clips below:
— Itz CakeByTolex (@tolulope_salako) October 21, 2020
— POSTNAIJA (@POSTNAIJA) October 21, 2020
— Angry mob attacks TVC , set the station on fire.. pic.twitter.com/xEDpLeWkpW
— VyrãlTreñdz (@TheVyralTrendz) October 21, 2020
‘Hoodlums’ have reportedly invaded news station, TVC and are attacking their people. pic.twitter.com/h90bWoL37o
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) October 21, 2020
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