Sambo meets S’West Muslim leaders
He reiterated the administration’s commitment towards the development of the nation and transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan, if re-elected.
The interactive meeting, which was convened by the state governor, Olusegun Mimiko, was attended by Sambo, the Chief Imam of Oyo State, Alhaji Shehu Shuara; represented by Dr. Kamiu Olosho, Alhaji Sheikh Ahmad Aladesawe, the Secretary-General, League of Imams and Alfas, South-West and Ondo State, the Chief Imam of Auchi, Prof. Z. Oseni, Alhaji Gbajabiamila, Chief Mufasir, Lagos State.
Others are Alhaji Sheikh Musa Animasaun, the Chief Imam of Osun State; Alhaji Sheikh Bello Keulere, the Chief Imam of Ekiti State; Alhaji Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, the Chief Imam of Delta State; Oba Adanmo Babalola, the Onitaji of Taji and Chairman, Ekiti State Council of Obas, Oba Akadiri Mohmoh; the Olukare of Ikare-Akoko and other traditional rulers and Islamic scholars across the region.
In his welcome address, the SecretaryGeneral of the League of Imams and Alfas, Aladesewa, commended President Jonathan for the various projects embarked upon in the country and condemned the activities of the Boko Haram in the North-East.
Making reference to the dictates of Prophet Mohammed and his spiritual writ against those killing in the name of religion,
Aladesewa said: “Whosoever kills an innocent soul is believed to have killed the whole of mankind,” Governor Mimiko, in his remark emphasized the need for the interactive session among the sect and government so as to sanitize the polity of religious sentiments.
Mimiko, who is also the South-West Co-ordinator of PDP Campaign Organisation, said: “What is ahead of us is far beyond religion. We must not allow religion to inform our choice of voting but the quality of service, which is premised on structural development.”
The governor highlighted the benefits of the 2014 National Conference to the development of Nigeria and sustenance of the nation’s nascent democracy, urging the people to support its implementation by voting President Jonathan for second term in office.
In his address, Sambo emphasised the importance of the Muslim Ummah and its indispensable role in governance, stating the administration’s commitment towards constant power supply in the country, generation of power from 2,000 megawatt to 4500MW with 3500 kilometres of transmission power-line and 10 National Integrated Power Plants (NIPP); a chain of transformation which he said was more than that achieved by their predecessors in office.
“We have transformed from a country that was importing cement to a country that now exports the product,” Sambo said.