By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
As against insinuations that most of the destructions and killings in the country were propelled by some Muslim elements in the name of Islamic Jihad, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi 11, has disabused the minds of some Nigerians on such notions, insisting that that the actions were against the tenets and teachings of Islam.
Sanusi made the declaration in his speech while speaking at the grand finale of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) and N5 billion launch of MUSWEN International Centre, which took place at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan.
Sanisu while speaking, insisted that Islam is a religion of peace, adding that national security should not be threatened or undermined all in the name of Jihad.
The Emir who frowned at the killings and destruction of peoples’ property across the country, adding that killing of people in the name of Jihad was never a Jihad.
Sanusi added: “Killing people in the name of Jihad is not Jihad. Allah does not prohibit us to cater for and take care of people.”
“So what we see with people destroying the peace of the nation is not a Jihad. When your freedom to practice Islam is not tampered with, this is not Islam. And we have to take it and we have it as our responsibility to say that this is not Islam.”
“We must keep the promise with those we promised. These who are leaders, you are expected to fulfil your promises to the people when you are assume office. It doesn’t matter if you ask God to make you President, Governor, Emir, Principal, it does not matter but you promised Allah that I will take care of people but you fail.”
“Islam does not allow a Muslim to take away property of the people unjustly, who does not fight you. Fight only those who fight you. Even, there are rules in the war, you don’t fight the children, this aged and women”.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the occasion, commended Muslims in the Southwest Nigeria for promoting peaceful co-existence of Nigerians from different religious backgrounds in the region, while assuring the readiness of the present administration to continue to promote religious tolerance in the country.
He commended MUSWEN for giving ‘a voice’ to Muslims in Southwest Nigeria, noting that the region has continued to contribute immensely to the development of Islam in Nigeria.
The Sultan of Sokoto and President – General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar in his remarks warned Muslims against violence, as he urged them to remain calm, even at the point of provocation.
He appealed to them that they should not use abusive or foul languages whenever the Muslims are denied their rights.
He said, “Let’s show decorum, let’s show people that we are Muslims. We should not use foul languages. We can be aggrieved, but don’t let us allow grievances to make us to be violent”.
Governor Abiola Ajimobi in his remarks urged Muslims in the region to continue to embrace peace as the 2019 general elections are fast approaching.
The governor, who noted that it was only in the atmosphere of peace that meaningful development could be witnessed, commended MUSWEN leadership for promoting religious harmony in the region.
Chairman, MUSWEN Board of Trustees Prince Abdul-Jabbar Bola Ajibola in his own address, stressed the need for unity among Muslims in South West with credible leadership.
He noted that in the last 10 years, MUSWEN had made conscious efforts to have robust engagement with its internal and external stakeholders.
He said MUSWEN had taken genuine steps that have set the Ummah in the region on the path of development and progress, adding that the body had recorded some modest achievements especially in the areas of education, scholarship scheme for female medical students, empowerment scheme through zakat, free medical and professional development opportunities among others.
Guided by the time-honoured principles of Islam, he said MUSWEN would continue to work for a united Ummah, united Nigeria and united humanity.
At the event were Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, represented by Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Suraj Adekunbi; MUSWEN Executive Secretary, Professor Daud Noibi,
Others were the Chairman of the occasion, Dr. Wale Babalakin; Mallam Yussuf Ali (SAN); Chairman, Oyo State Muslim Community, Alhaji Kunle Sanni; Chief Imam, University of Ibadan, Professor Abdulrahman Oloyede, among other Muslims from the region.