Alh. Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar lll, the Sultan of Sokoto, has enjoined Muslims to be peaceful and to refuse to be provoked to take up arms to fight over any issue or comment made by anybody in the country.
Abubakar gave the advice at the opening ceremony of the 108th edition of Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) at IVC permanent site in Ogun State.
The event, with the theme ‘Unification’, was organised by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) B Zone.
The Sultan, speaking on the issue of Islamic law and the Nigerian constitution, said: “We must not take up arms over any issue or anybody.
“We must never try to fight, we must not enforce anything; we, as a leaders, all of us as leaders will look for ways of getting our rights from the government.
“So, never be provoked; don’t let any comment or any report from anywhere provoke you into taking up arms to fight.
“Why? Because that is what they want us to do to destabilise Nigeria; we will not destabilise Nigeria as muslims, we will act as Islam orders us to.
“Insha Allah, we will build a better Nigeria where muslims are allowed to wear hijab anywhere and at any time.”
The Sultan emphasised the need for muslims to remain calm over any issue concerning their faith.
“Almighty Allah will protect His religion, He will protect the Quran, His book.
“We will do our own part by remaining peaceful, by always abiding by the laws of our land.
“We are always talking to our leaders especially the political leaders (and will continue to talk to them) on what should be done and what ought not to be done,” Abubakar said.
In his address, Alh. Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, said muslims should ensure that there wards get education.
He said this would reduce illiteracy, poverty and social vices.
He also urged muslims to enjoin peace and unity to address various challenges facing them.
Sanusi urged them to recognise, identify and address the internal problems challenging them which had led to increased poverty and social vices.
For his part, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan, the Deputy Governor of Oyo State enjoined those present at the event to take advantage of government initiative called ‘Better Education Service Delivery for All’ (BESDA) to reduce the number of out-of-school children in their community.
“Let us struggle to get 10 pupils from your neighbourhood, town and village back to classroom.
“There is a programme now called BESDA, the federal government is spending so much on it; this is the best time to benefit because of tomorrow.
“Where we are today is because we failed to harness the opportunity of yesterday.
“There are opportunities to be taken today so that we can get the benefit of tomorrow,” Olaniyan said.
Earlier in his welcome address, Mr Qaasim Odedeji, the Coordinator MSSN B Zone said the IVC programme was organised to meaningfully engage and improve knowledge of Islam among Muslims in the society.
“The programme has always given muslim students the opportunity of occupying themselves with the activities that would improve their knowledge of Islam and their faith in Allah.”
The MSSN B Zone Coordinator gave credence to the position of the Chief Justice of Nigeria on the need to improve the status of Shariah through amendment of relevant sections of the constitution.
“The call for resignation of Chief Justice of Nigeria is laughable, unreasonable and unwarranted; a calculated attempt to intimidate the CJN.
“The Nigerian legal system, which the CJN presides over, is not limited to Nigerian legislations; it also contains provisions of Islamic law,” Odedeji said.