The President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari has been urged by a cross section of Muslim groups in Nigeria to fulfill all his electoral promises to Nigerians in line with Islamic principles.
The groups were said to be Nigerian Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Jamatul Nasirul Islam (JNI), Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria(MUSWEN), Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) and Muslim Community of Oyo State (MUSCOYS) said Daily Independent .
And the others are Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA), Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) and Muslim Consultative Forum (MCF).
They also added in their congratulatory messages, praying for the newly elected President, Buhari for a successful tenure that would usher in the much-promised change to Nigerians.
According to NSCIA, the apex Islamic body in Nigeria through its Secretary-General, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said Nigerians should pray for the president-elect to enable him heal the wounds of the country.
“Your Excellency, as you savor the joy of a well-deserved victory and the whole world celebrates you and the values that have defined your unique personality, let us remind you of what a former vice-chancellor once said when he was being congratulated on his appointment.
“The person said that no one would congratulate a Surgeon who wants to perform an operation. He would only be congratulated after a successful surgery. Hence, rather than congratulations, well wishers should pray for him to perform the operation well.
“Similarly, please be reminded of the Qur’an Chapter 28 Verse 76: “Exult not; verily God loveth not the exultant.”
“As you are set to commence this onerous task before you, we urge you to be careful of those who hail you and reflect on the criticism of your critics. Know that every failure is a test and every success, a trial.”
“You have passed the test of past failures and it is the wish of the Almighty Allah to try you with success. For every action, there is a reaction; for every opportunity, there is a responsibility and for every appointment, there is accountability before men and Allah’’, NSCIA said.
In the same vein, President Goodluck Jonathan was commended for displaying unprecedented leadership at the national level by not only conceding defeat in the presidential poll, but also congratulating the winner. According to the religious body.