By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Chairman of the National Hijrah Committee, Kwara State chapter, Prof Badmas Yusuf has said as part of the effort to enhance the security of the society, the Hisbah corps should be created in the state.
Hisbah is an Islamic doctrine referring to upholding community morals and by extension, to the maintenance of public law and order and supervising market transactions.
It is based on the Quranic injunction to “enjoin good and forbid wrong”.
Yusuf made this call during the commemoration of the commencement of the new Islamic calendar ((1443AH) in Ilorin, the state capital on Monday.
“This in our opinion is achievable through the setting up of monitoring and enforcement agency that will see to the implementation of the laws. “Furthermore, the state government is enjoined to empower the vigilante groups to enhance the security of the society.
“In the alternative, Hisbah should be set up or something similar to it as available in many northern states of Nigeria,” the chairman said.
He urged religious leaders in the country to refrain from inciting people against one another.
Religious leaders were also asked to refrain from unguarded utterances and undignifying comments against fellow Nigerians.
He urged both the Islamic and Christian religion leaders to come together and fashion out workable templates from their respective scriptures as guiding codes for the nation’s leaders and politicians so that they can pilot the nation’s affairs successfully.
Yusuf also called on the Kwara State government to ensure full enforcement of the laws prohibiting the sale of human parts and sale and consumption of alcohol in some parts of the state.
In his remarks, Kwara State governor, AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq praised the Muslims for co- habiting peacefully with the adherents of other faiths in the state.
He urged them to continue in that direction and congratulated them for witnessing the commencement of another Islamic calendar.
The Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari emphasised the need for peaceful co- existence among the people of the state, irrespective of religion and ethnic affiliations.