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MUSWEN recommends prayers for peaceful election


WITH less than two weeks before the commencement of the 2015 general elections, the Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN) has called on Nigerians, specifically Muslims in the region, to once again pray congregationally for peace in the country.

The apex body of all Muslim organizations in the region made the call in a communiqué issued at the end of a three-day retreat that was held between March 13 and 15, 2015 at the Wale Babalakin Estate in Gbongan, Osun State.

With the theme, MUSWEN: Sustaining the Momentum, the retreat was second to be organized by the group in recent time. The communiqué was signed by its executive secretary, Prof. Dawud Noibi.

MUSWEN specifically slated Sunday, March 22, 2015 for the prescribed prayers expected to hold at the Eid praying grounds or local Mosque in every town within the region.

The organisation said since prayers is the weapon of the Muslims, they should not relent in offering prayers especially at this precarious time of the nation’s history.

MUSWEN also decried the luke-warm attitude of the Southwest Muslims to the institution of Zakah while the consequences of that attitude are very detrimental to the propagation and progress in the region.

Leaders of prominent Muslim organisations from Ekiti, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Oyo and Osun states that participated in the retreat said that the necessity for prayers by Muslims was most apt now given the prevailing cloudy political atmosphere in the horizon.

The Apex Islamic body in the South West also stressed the need for unity of Muslims in line with the mission and vision of the organisation stressing that without unity there could be no progress.

Meanwhile, the organisation frowned at the lopsidedness in the federal appointments to political offices from the Zone, saying such appointments clearly put the Southwest Muslims at a disadvantage. It called for equity, fairness and justice by the Federal government for the people of the zone irrespective of their religious inclinations.

Prominent among the Muslim personalities who attended the retreat were Alhaji Najeem Awodele, a former Minister of Agriculture, Justice AbdulFatai Adeyinka rtd and Dr. Jubril Oyekan.

Others were Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, Secretary General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA); Alhaja Lateefat Okunnu, former deputy governor of Lagos State; Alhaja Sekinah Adekola among other dignitaries.

Delegates at the retreat also paid a courtesy call on Justice Bola Babalakin (Rtd), the former acting President of MUSWEN in his Gbongan, country home.

Members also prayed for the repose of some of its late founders such as Prof. Aliu Fafunwa, (pioneer President); Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Arisekola-Alao; Dr. AbduLateef Adegbite; and Sheikh Sadrudeen Biobaku.

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