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Eid-el-fitr: Sultan enjoins Nigerians to elect quality leaders

By Sulaimon Salau
01 May 2022   |   3:42 am
As Muslims celebrate the 2022 eid-el-fitr festival, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar

Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar

As Muslims celebrate the 2022 eid-el-fitr festival, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has enjoined Nigerians to love one another and elect quality leaders in the forthcoming general elections, expressing serious concern about the skyrocketing prices of food and consumables in the country.
   
In his Salah message, the Sultan urged Muslims to pray for peace and the country’s stability. In the message by the Director of Administration, NSCIA, Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, the Sultan appealed to the government to stem the tide of inflation, while urging traders to desist from arbitrarily increasing the price of food items.
   
He also appealed to politicians to consider politics as service to the nation, which should not be pursued as a do-or-die affair.

   
“Nigerians should freely choose their leaders on the basis of those who will lead them with justice, fairness and character in line with our usual prayer, “O Allah, make the best of us our leaders, and don’t make the worst of us our leaders.

Don’t make us, on account of our sins, be under those who will neither fear you nor be compassionate to us,” he said.
   
Sultan urged Muslims to exercise their rights to contest for elective positions and participate actively in the electoral process by not only obtaining their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), but also cast their votes on the days of elections.
  
He also expressed serious concern about the persecution of Muslims particularly in Bauchi and many Southern states, including Rivers State University, where up till now, Muslim students are denied of a befitting place of worship on campus.
  
He condemned the killing of a Muslim in Ijagbo and the vicious attacks perpetrated on peaceful demonstrators on February 3, 2022 while they were exercising their constitutionally guaranteed right to peaceful protest over the decision of Oyun Baptist High School, Ijagbo, to deny some Muslim students entry into the school premises on account of wearing hijab.
   
Sultan also called on security agencies to up their game to address the dangerous security situation in the country.
   
Also, the Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) felicitated with Muslims on the successful completion of the 30-day Ramadan fast in 2022, urging them to let the lessons learnt during the period continue to reflect in them.

   
The National President, MMPN, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun, in his Salah message, said the lessons of self-restraint, sacrifice, charity, fear of Allah, devotion and love of mankind imbibed during the period must continue all year round.
   
On the economy, Balogun implored the Federal Government to cushion the effects of inflation on the citizenry with an aggressive policy aimed at relieving Nigerians from the present economic crunch.
   
He appealed to all stakeholders to play the political game with the fear of Allah and be fair to all with the hope that all shall give account of their deeds on the day of reckoning.
    
He enjoined the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Federal Government to find a lasting solution to the incessant strikes disrupting the academic calendar with its attendant effects on Nigerian students and the country’s education sector.
   
Noting that prayers is the sword of believers, Balogun urged Muslims to continue to pray fervently to Allah, for peace, security and well-being of Nigerians and the country as against cursing the leaders.