Don tasks Mus­lims on na­tion build­ing, good gov­er­nance

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Sak­i­nat Abubakar & Sa­muel Farombi

Mus­lims in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) have been urged to know the im­por­tance of Hi­jra to the na­tion. In a pa­per he pre­sented at the an­nual Hi­jra an­niver­sary of the Abuja Mus­lim Fo­rum (AMF), held at the con­fer­ence hall of the Na­tional Mosque in Abuja, last week­end, Pro­fes­sor Adam Ahmed Okene, a guest lec­turer, called on Nige­rian Mus­lims to know the im­por­tance of the hi­jra (mi­gra­tion), stress­ing that, the na­tion can­not be con­sid­ered a good one with­out it hav­ing its var­i­ous com­po­nents on the path of link­ages, pos­i­tive col­lab­o­ra­tion and in­te­gra­tion. Prof. Ahmed also pointed out that due to Nige­rian’s pedes­trian and lop­sided ap­pli­ca­tion of democ­racy and acute ab­sence of good gov­er­nance, the coun­try and its peo­ple are more dis­in­te­grated now than pre­vi­ously.

He said that Nige­ria’s records in health, so­cial se­cu­rity, ed­u­ca­tion, po­lit­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion and in­fras­truc­tural pro­vi­sions were dis­mal, adding that lack of proac­tive­ness on the part of the lead­er­ship and se­cu­rity ap­pa­ra­tuses is ab­so­lutely a Nige­rian trait.

The pro­fes­sor said that both Mus­lims and non-Mus­lims should fol­low the teach­ing of the Prophet (SAW ) to “en­able them de­velop ma­te­ri­ally and ad­min­is­tra­tively.”

He ad­mon­ished Nige­ri­ans

to en­sure se­cu­rity of lives and prop­erty, en­trench good gov­er­nance and in­te­grate the var­i­ous racial and so­cial forces.

Speak­ing ear­lier, the Amir of the fo­rum, Malam Luq­man Amoo said “the sole aim of es­tab­lish­ing the fo­rum was to in­cul­cate the true teach­ings of Is­lam, unite the Mus­lim Ummah in the FCT, co­or­di­nate all Is­lamic ac­tiv­i­ties as well as fos­ter peace­ful co-ex­is­tence and reli­gious tol­er­ance amongst the cit­i­zenry.”

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