Kwankwaso seeks release of Islamic sect members
AS Muslims yesterday celebrated Eid-el-Fitri, marking the end of the Ramadan, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has condemned the bombing of the United Nations (UN) office at Abuja, which left scores of people dead.
The Sultan, who spoke shortly after the Sallah prayers, described the incident as “an abominable act in our religion especially in the blessed month of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, Governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State has asked security agencies to release members of the Yusufiyya Movement, popularly known as Boko Haram.
He also demanded the immediate release of other members of religious groups who are currently in detention.
In a related development, President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday asked Nigerians to be their brothers’ keeper, saying that the nation’s diversity should be a catalyst for development.
Jonathan told the Muslim faithful included top federal government officials led by Vice President Namadi Sambo who came to pay him the Sallah homage that “this is a period where we have to be our brothers keepers. Irrespective of the language we speak, irrespective of the part of the world or country we come from, Allah has made it possible for us to interact.”
The Sultan, who condemned the blast, commiserated with families who lost their loved ones and property.
He called on Muslims “not to allow themselves to be used by our enemies in achieving their desired goals”.
“We should also not allow them to cause us to commit acts prohibited by our religion. We therefore call upon all those involved in this nefarious act to fear God and desist from committing this grievous act”, he stated.
He advised them rather to seek avenues of dialogue with the leaders on the problems confronting the nation in general while assuring them of his continued assistance in providing solutions to such serious problems through peaceful means and dialogue.
The monarch also described as “very unfortunate” the post election violence witnessed in the country after the April elections, which resulted in loss of scores of lives and properties as well as created fear in the minds of the people.
He observed that since leadership belongs to God and he alone gives it to whomever He pleases, there was need to avoid what could cause conflict and insecurity like the case in other countries of the world.
He urged the people to co-operate with the new leaders and the leaders to have the fear of God and compassion towards their subjects.
The Sultan also condemned the violent clashes, which occurred in Jos recently, which left many people dead and inestimable properties destroyed.
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