Saraki, Sultan, others extol virtues of Sheikh Adam Al-Ilory
Amidst pomp and pageantry, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar among other eminent Nigerians have extol the indelible footprint of a renowned scholar and founder, Markaz Ta’alim al Arabiy wa l Islaamiy, Late Sheikh Adam Al-Ilory.
Unlimited showers of encomium enveloped the air at the University of Lagos Auditorium venue of the centenary celebration as former and current students of the Islamic institute Arabic and Islamic education assembled from all walks of life to honour the memory of the renowned Islamic scholar and philosopher.
Other dignitaries at the event are: Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, Kwara State Governor, AbdulFatah Ahmed, UNILAG Pro-Chancellor and Chairman, Governing Board Dr. Wale Babalakin.
Giving reference to his contribution to human capital development, Saraki said the Senate would continue to make laws that would provide a conducive atmosphere for learning in order to eradicate illiteracy in the country.He said the contributions of Sheikh Al- Ilory towards the teaching and propagation of Islamic and Arabic knowledge are yielding fruits across the country.He urged religious leaders to further train future leaders, saying the contributions of Al-Ilory to nation building are reflected in the number of professors and public servants his institution has produced.
“This is a day to reflect on the good deeds of our late father and scholar. As I always say, contributions shouldn’t just be by magnitude, but by what we can give to build our community, no matter how small.“Sheik Adam served humanity by investing in human capital and till today, his products are everywhere living his dream. Education is a weapon for advancement and we must emphasise this wherever we find ourselves.”
The Sultan said the late scholar was a symbol of unity across both the geographical space and religious diversity, saying the promotion of Islam through quality teachings and presentations of the late scholar helped the country in no small measure.Abubakar canvassed the use of indigenous languages in the teaching and learning in schools.
This, the Muslim leader said would go a long way in improving education, healthcare delivery, science, and technology.According to him, anyone who has qualitative Islamic education would not engage in the acts capable of inflicting pains on other people.Amosun said he aligned with Sultan on use of indigenous languages to teach and learn in schools.
The Ogun State Governor said Sheikh Al- Ilory laid an indelible mark on human capital development, pointed out that Islam denounces terrorism and encourages learning.He therefore called on Muslim clerics to right the wrong by preaching to their subjects that Islam is not synonymous with terrorism.
Governor Ahmed called on religious leaders to promote peaceful co-existence and religious tolerance among Nigerians.He appealed to citizens to provide useful information to the security agents in order to prevent loss of lives and property.
The Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who is also a former student of the institute, said the war against corruption in Nigeria is just an acrobatic in semantics. He said the war against corruption cannot be successfully fought without imbibing the fear of God in children, noting that such was the position of the late scholar who was being celebrated, and should be encouraged in all homes.
The retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, preached peace and unity among Muslims across the country and advised against any divisive positions, especially on the issue of moon sighting during the month of fasting.
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