‘Muslim scholars should promote unity during Ramadan’
As Muslim faithful across the country prepare for the 2017 Ramadan fasting, the Ummah has been urged to promote unity among Nigerians during the holy month.
The Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) made this call in its resolution after the third yearly general assembly of the group in Ibadan.
MUSWEN, in a communiqué signed by its President, Alhaji Sakariyau Olayiwola Babalola, insisted that Muslim scholars and preachers should not use the holy month of Ramadan for hate preaching, rather to promote unity.
“Ramadan presents a golden opportunity for the masses of Muslims to learn about and practice Islam in the best way possible; Muslim scholars and preachers, therefore, have an obligation to use their knowledge to unite and not divide the Ummah,” it stated.
MUSWEN, an umbrella body for all State Muslim Councils/Communities and organisations in the South West region of Nigeria had over 300 delegates and invited dignitaries who attended the General Assembly.
Given the economic, political and social situations in Nigeria today, the group observed that the root cause of the myriad of problems confronting Nigeria as a nation is the lack of good governance.
The Muslim leaders therefore urged Nigerian political class to deploy their strengths and endowments more into good governance than politics.
Noting that there have been some modest improvements in the state of the nation under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, the group said he deserves the support and prayers of all citizens for sound health to enhance effective governance.
MUSWEN also observed that many Nigerian youths, including those in the South West, the majority of who possess qualitative education credentials, are currently unemployed.
It therefore urged the Federal Government to do more to diversify the economy of the nation, stressing the needs to intensify efforts on its social investment programme which, if well managed, would help improve the economic wellbeing of the citizens and empower the youths.
MUSWEN, however, acknowledged the harmonious activities of the President-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar, and urged all Muslims in the South West to cooperate with him in his effort to pilot the affairs of the Nigerian Muslim Ummah.
MUSWEN expressed the desire to ensure that its Zakat Committee be strengthened to assist more indigent Muslims and solve social problems confronting Muslims.
Commending the Federal Government for the rescue of Chibok girls, MUSWEN said it should sustain its efforts to rescue the remaining Chibok girls and return them to their families.