Sultan Berates Religious Leaders Calling For War

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has cautioned religious groups and leaders against comments that would mislead their followers into war.

Abubakar gave the warning while addressing some Sokoto residents, heads of security agencies, religious leaders and journalists during a Ramadan breakfast dinner held at his palace.

The monarch cited a publication credited to some Christian leaders titled, “if Leah Sharibu dies in the hand of Boko Haram, there will be a religious war in the country,” saying such utterances were irresponsible.

He reminded such religious leaders that “terrorism has no connection to religion or ethnicity.’’

Abubakar added that in the event the girl was killed by the terrorists, the Christian leaders that made the comment must be held for complicity.

“How can a leader make such comment,’’ he queried, and stressed that Muslims did not in any way connive with Boko Haram to abduct the girl or get others released.

The Sultan reminded such Christian leaders that more Muslims have been killed by Boko Haram than Christians “which even the former President Goodluck Jonathan testified to.’

“For some section to make that comment that if she dies in the hand of Boko Haram there will be a religious war is very unfair. How can someone begin to attack Muslims because this innocent girl happened to be a victim of murderous terrorists?

“It means the Boko Haram group are winning the war because that is exactly what they want.

“If they hear about this and went and kill the innocent girl that means you are part and parcel of what make them to do that because they want to cause confusion in the country.”

He urged all Nigerians of goodwill to join in prayers for the safe return of the girl, and for peace and harmony across the country.

The Sultan urged Journalists to avoid sensational and mischievous stories capable of dividing the peace along religious, ethnic and cultural roots.

He berated the attitude of some media organisations who immediately broadcast stories without considering its sensitivity and negative consequences.

The Monarch particularly, expressed displeasure with the way some television houses in the country such as Channels television station mischievously portray pictures of some people carrying  sophisticated weapons as Fulani herdsmen, noting that such pictures could influence the belief of many against Fulani herdsmen.

“This can send wrong signals that Fulani herdsmen really carry guns and attack communities as they were consistently accused of.

“There is no G4 riffle because it has been wiped away for long and that picture used particularly by a TV station was that of herders in Central Africa who were being terrorised by rustlers, because cattle rustling started in their country long before coming to Nigeria,” he noted.

He threatened to disown the award of fellowship on him by the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in protest against continued misleading and unverified stories aired or published by members of the union.

Abubakar, who is the President General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, however, stressed that the crises between Fulani and farmers were purely economic, now hijacked by a few criminal elements.

He reiterated that the criminals killing innocent people especially in the Middle Belt must be arrested and punished.

“But don’t arrest or kill innocent Fulani men just like what happened in Benue state when innocent Fulani people who were on transit, were stopped and killed by some residents of the state,” he cautioned.

The Sultan expressed fear that the killings could continue because some politicians were using it to edge out their political opponents.

“Nigerians should expose criminals in their midst, even if they are their parents or relations.

“Let’s not leave them alone, don’t hide criminal even if they are your fathers, because too much blood had been shed and this is why God is angry with us.

“I believe there are more good people than the bad ones, let the good come together and defeat the bad ones, we have done that while fighting malaria and we can do it again,” he said

He also advocated for more effective tools and welfare for security agents working round the clock to restore peace in the country.

He urged Nigerians to assist security agencies to overcome the nation’s security challenges.

“Doing so, will encourage their efforts and operational capacity to positively face the security challenges bedevilling the country. This can be achieved by feeding the security with useful and intelligent information about movement of people with suspicious character around,” he said.

Muslims Victims Of Unfair Media Bias In Nigeria – Aregbesola

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has again described the allegation that he planned to Islamize the state and secede from Nigeria as falsehood that has not been backed by any fact.

Aregbesola who is the special guest of honour at the inauguration of Board of Trustees, BoT, Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, spoke at the banquet hall, government house, Osogbo, at the weekend.

Represented by the Grand Mufty, Osogbo land, Sheik Maruf Ishola, Aregbesola noted that Muslims have been ‘unfair victims’ of media bias in Nigeria.

“In our own country, fake news, hate messages and subtle (and not so subtle) incitements along ethnic and religious lines by the media carry the grave portents of triggering a catastrophic civil war from which we may never recover.

“Without investigating and publishing only confirmed truth, journalism is nothing more than a rumour mill. We must be able to separate free speech from libel and promotion of falsehood.

“If you say that Aregbesola wants to Islamize Osun and secede from Nigeria, you must be able to back it up by facts and incontrovertible evidence. Failing this, it has become libel and falsehood which is injurious to my person, the government of Osun, our political party, the APC and ultimately the entire society.

He urged the group to uphold the truth by ensuring fair treatment of all religions wherever they are, saying “as BoT, you need to watch out for these, not just as they affect Muslims, though Muslims have been unfair victims, but as they affect the society in general.

Speaking on “Effective Use of Mass Media for Da’wah”, the guest speaker, former Managing Director of the defunct National Concord Newspaper, Alhaji Liad Tella, identified ‘media bias’ against Islam as hindrance to the effective use of media for propagating Islam.

He maintained that Nigeria government and the media were aware for a long time that Boko Haram are not Muslims, but intentionally addressing them as Islamic sect.

According to Tella, efforts to deceive members of the public from knowing that the State of Osun, especially public schools, is dominated by Muslims, necessitated the war against hijab in the state.

“The government of Nigeria know that Boko Haram are not Muslims. They know when French jet was dropping arms for Boko Haram in Sambisa forest. They know that those arrested could not read Qur’an, yet, they continue attributing them to Islam.

“Media distortions and half truth or outright falsehood about Islam and Muslim is very confounding because the fundamentals of journalism are rested on truth.

“Fair balanced and objective reportage are the cardinal ethics and supposed inviolable principles of journalism. Unfortunately, this is not so with media reportage on Islam and Muslim in Nigeria.

The guest of Honour, Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, maintained that Nigeria media has been unfair to Islam.

Represented by the Deputy President General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji S. O. Babalola, Sultan urged Muslims not to be discouraged by the bias and discrimination.

Ealier in his welcome address, the national coordinator, Muslim Media Watch Group, Ibrahim Abdullahi, said the aim of the group is to promote quality broadcast in media organisations all over the country.

He said the group is also working to correct the misrepresentation of Islam and Muslims in any of the media by putting-in the correct, accurate and true picture of issues at stake in the right perspectives for the benefit of viewers, listeners and readers.

Here are photos from the Inauguration

 

Sultan Of Sokoto, Shittu To Storm Osogbo For Muslim Media Watch Inauguration

The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, will on Saturday 17th March, 2018 inaugurate the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria.

The Ceremony which takes place in the Banquet Hall of the Osun state government house, Osogbo; will have Governor Rauf Aregbesola as the special guest of honour.

The Sultan of sokoto, who is the grand patron of the association, will also serve as the chief guest of honour at the ceremony.

Members of the BOT are: Mallam Yusuf Ali,SAN- chairman, While Mallam Muhammad Haruna, Barrister Abdraheem Adebayo Shittu, Professor Abdganiyu Ambali, Professor Obini Ekpe and Professor Saadiya Omar Bello are members.

The ceremony, which will also have Professor Is-haq Oloyede- the JAMB Registrar as guest of honour; will be presided over by the chairman, Oyo state Muslim Community and former National President, NACOMYO, Alhaji Kunle Sanni,as the chairman.

A paper on the “Effective Use of Mass Media for Da’awah” will be presented by an editor-in-chief and a member editorial board of the defunct Concord Newspapers, Alhaji Liad Tella.

Delegates of the Association from all parts of the Federation are expected to attend the ceremony scheduled to commence at 10 am. Signed: Ibrahim Abdullah, FCIPM,National coordinator, Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria.

Wike Receives Ooni, Sultan Hails Nigerian Traditional Rulers For Unity Campaigns

By Sodiq Lawal

Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state has hailed the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria under the Co-chairmanship of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar for their relentless efforts at keeping the country together.

Governor Wike made the commendation on Monday in his office while hosting the traditional rulers who had paid him a courtesy visit. He promised to always partner with the traditional institutions, saying that is what is needed to move the country in the direction of unity which according to him remains non-negotiable.

“The Sultan and Ooni are my fathers. We are so grateful to be the State you have chosen to host this historic national event which is the 9th General Assembly of The National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria”.

“For us in Rivers state, the unity of Nigeria is very imperative and it remains non-negotiable. It is too important to be toyed with. That is why we will always partner with our traditional rulers as we have been doing.

“Gone are the days when the king’s would only sit at their palaces restricting Governance to the government alone. Every citizen of this country comes from a traditional ruler. So, we are all accountable to you no matter who we are be it President or Governor.
That’s how we do in this state as a government, thank God the Chairman of Rivers Council of Traditional Rulers is here, King Jaja of Opobo. He can testify”. Governor Wike said

Speaking on behalf of the visiting monarchs, a Co-chairman of National Traditional Rulers Council Of Nigeria, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II of Ile-Ife who is also the Chairman of the Southern Nigeria Traditional Rulers Council appreciated the Governor and the people of Rivers state for hosting them at this period which he said is a very crucial time in the country when unity must be the collective watchword.

“We thank you Mr Governor and your team for hosting the Nigerian traditional rulers who have come from all parts of the country to discuss on how to join hands with government for the unity and progress of Nigeria ”

“We are here to see how best we can further cement our togetherness across all the districts within the North and South of the country because unity is all we need. As matter of fact, our first demand is unity, our second demand is unity and our third demand is unity”. Ooni Ogunwusi said.

He added “The truth be told, the traditional rulers are the closest to the grassroots. We can not fold our arms, we must work together and join forces with the government and others leaders of thoughts in this country if truly we must progress as a people”.

The National Council of Traditional Rulers Council Of Nigeria is holding its 9th General Assembly at Port Harcourt in Rivers State from Monday 30th to Tuesday 31s of January, 2018

Fani-Kayode Blasts Sultan Of Sokoto Over His Views On Hijab

Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, on Monday berated the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III for defending the wearing of hijab by Muslim women.

The former Minister said if the monarch can champion the fight against child marriage and pedophilia with the same zeal he is fighting the cause for hijab, the North will be a better place.

In a series of tweets via his social media handle, Fani-Kayode insisted that wearing of hijab is not a sign of women liberation.

Fani-Kayode wrote: “If the Sultan of Sokoto would champion the fight against child marriage and pedophilia in the same way and with the same zeal that he is fighting for and championing the cause of those who wish to wear the hijab,the north would be a much better and safer place for little girls.

“Wearing the hijab is not evidence of women’s liberation and neither is it borne out of free will.

“It is a Pavlovian reaction and a conditioned response. It is also an eloquent testimony and ugly reminder of the suffering, servitude, repression, bondage and humiliation of women.”

Recall the monarch had over the weekend faulted the decision of the Nigerian Law School to deny one Miss Amasa Firdaus call to bar for refusing to remove her hijab worn under her wig.

 

 

Injustice In Appointments Responsible For Disunity- Sultan of Sokoto

The Sultan of Sokoto and the President General of the Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar II, on Wednesday said the injustice in appointments and allocation of resources in the country were responsible for crisis and disunity in the country. The monarch said this at a Collaborative Interfaith Peace and Security Capacity Building Workshop, organized by the Nigerian Army Resource Centre, NARC, in collaboration with Inter-Religious Peace Initiative in Abuja.

 

 

He was represented by the Executive Secretary of Abuja National Mosque, Alhaji Ibrahim Jega, Abubakar who said an all inclusive governance remains the panacea in addressing the myriads of problems confronting the country. He urged leaders at all levels to be equitable, fair and just to every member of the society in the distribution of amenities and resources, irrespective of the political, religious and tribal inclinations of members of the society.

 

 

According to the monarch, “When it comes to issue of dispensation of justice and equitable distribution of resources, that should be done without fear or favour, affection or ill will.

 

 

“You are not there yourself as a leader and because you have some encounters with a group of people, either a person or a group of persons in a particular area, you should not hold on to it so as not to extend justice to them.

 

“Allah says “do not allow your hatred of a particular group of people to make you decide not to extend justice to them. Whatever happens, you must extend the spirit of justice to them all without fear or favour, affection or ill-will.

 

“This issue of justice goes down to whatever decision you are going to take, whether it’s against you or against your parents or against your own children or against your other relations, let alone saying you will not extend justice because you know somebody or because he is from your town. Justice must be based on fair and equitable distribution of assets to all.”

 

Sultan Rejects Suggestions of Plans to Islamise Nigeria

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has rejected suggestions that there were plans to Islamise Nigeria.

The President-General of the Nigerian National Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, expressed worries why a controversy suddenly surfaced over alleged attempts by Muslims to force Islam on Christians by compelling students to learn Islamic religion in schools.

He spoke on Friday in Bauchi at a National Symposium and Launch of 2025 Vision by Da’awah Coordination Council of Nigeria (DCCN).

He said: “When Umar Yar’adua was President, Christians and Muslims leaders wrote, asking him to make Islamic and Christian Religious Knowledge core and compulsory subjects in schools.

“When Goodluck Jonathan took over, we presented a paper making the same demand which was approved, but the then Minister of Education refused to implement it for reasons best known to him.’’

He also explained that the recent crisis in Mambilla Plateau, Taraba State, was not targeted at any tribe.

“The crisis was not planned by individuals or groups to eliminate any tribe; as an ex-military officer, I can only believe that the crisis was planned when I see a document to confirm that,” Abubakar said.

The Sultan decried the destruction during the violence, and prayed against a recurrence.

He said that he had met with some leaders in Taraba and cautioned them against playing politics with lives of the people.

“As leaders, we must study situations during any crisis before commenting. We must avoid comments that will worsen already bad situations,” he said.

He said that leaders must focus on putting out fire where there was one, and stressed the need to reach out to all stakeholders to restore normalcy.

He urged the government to bring culprits of the Mambilla violence to book, and warned against derogatory terms like Islamic fundamentalists or extremists, Fulani attackers, Berom or Mambilla terrorists.

“It is such derogatory terms that fuelled the crisis,” Abubakar declared.

He said that criminals should be treated as criminals without attributing such crimes to their tribe, religion or other inconsequential sentiments.

Abubakar urged residents of Mambilla Plateau to be at peace with each other, declaring that good would always triumph over evil.

He urged DCCN to propagate slam to non-Muslims in a non-combative manner.

“Tell people what Islam is; tell them why they should be Muslims and what difference it could make to their lives,” he said.

Earlier, the National President of DCCN, Mallam Muhammad Maidoki, said that the body comprised of 51 groups out to propagate Islam.

He called on Muslims to refrain from vices, and urged Nigeria’s leaders to allow Muslims to reside and practice their religion in any part of the country.

The Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Alhaji Nuhu Gidado, in his speech, called for peaceful propagation of Islam in Nigeria.

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You Have Shown Exemplary Leadership in Promoting Unity – Sultan Tells Aregbesola

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar on Saturday commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun for what he called his commitment to the development of humanity regardless of socio-economic, political and religious differences.

He said the state under the leadership of Governor Aregbesola has demonstrated high sense of fairness to religious organisations in the state.

In a statement by the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Alhaji Abubakar, who doubles as the President General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, was quoted as stating this while paying a courtesy call on the Governor, at the Government House, Osogbo.

The Sultan, who led other Islamic scholars and muslims across the country to Osun, described Governor Aregbesola as a symbol of religious unification.

In the Bureau’s statement signed by the Director, Semiu Okanlawon, the Sultan was quoted as saying Governor Aregbesola has extremely demonstrated to the world the sterling quality expected from whoever holds the office of the Governor.

Alhaji Abubakar, who lauded the leadership of the state for making the ground running in spite of the challenges confronting the country, said the spate of the developments across the state was a clear manifestation of good governance.

The President-General, Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs hinted that the purpose of the visit was to further entrench the relative peace, unity and love among Nigerians which according to him remains the only channel to national growth and development.

He applauded the Governor for playing active role in propagating peaceful cohabitation between and among the existing religions in the state.

The Sultan said, “I must acknowledge your commitment in promoting unity among the various religious organisations in the state as this is in line with our cardinal objective of ensuring a peaceful nation.

“We have not in any closed our eyes to your administration’s determination in making things happen even in the face of the present realities of the nation’s economy.

“We are glad that you are using your position to effect change in promoting and propagating unity in the state and beyond”, he said.

According to him, the visit to Osun is to further demonstrate the commitment of the muslim community to national growth and development.

He added, “This visit makes the 6th time of being in Osun and we are here in large number as one family under the umbrella of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs which is the apex body for muslims in Nigeria to further register our determination to unity, peace and tranquillity of Nigeria and Nigerians.

“The primary objective of the Council is to ensure peace, unity and stability not only among muslims but also within other religious organisations.

“So, as we are working assiduously to solidify the unity and peaceful coexistence between and among the various religious organisations in the country, we are equally determined to portray to the world that the religion of Islam connotes peace and unity.

Alhaji Abubakar stressed the need for muslims across the country to continue to demonstrate leadership by example as being exemplified by the Prophets.

He said the Council would continue to display exemplary leadership quality in promoting the virtues of unity, peace and love among the citizenry in the country.

In his remarks, the Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola commended the leadership quality of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs for being the bulwark for unity and peace in Nigeria.

Governor Aregbesola said the impacts of the Council had been tremendously felt in engendering peace, unity, love and togetherness of humanity along religious lines.

Describing the Sultan of Sokoto as an epitome of the best in human character, Governor Aregbesola said the role played by the number muslims in the country towards the promotion of unity in the diversity nature of the country would be forever applauded.

According to him, “I am very glad to receive the apex Islamic group in Nigeria just as I am delighted in the fact that the Council had played a significant role in promoting peace and unity not only in Nigeria but in the whole world”.

Sultan, Aregbesola, Others Pray For Nigeria

The Osun Muslim Community would on Sunday hold a national prayer session in honour of Dr Sakariyau Babalola, Deputy President General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA).

This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday in Ibadan by Alhaji Femi Abbas, a spokesperson for the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN).

The event billed to hold in Osogbo would have in attendance the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of NSCIA, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, as well as Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun.

Also expected at the prayer session are Islamic scholars from South West Zone as well as Muslim organisations and groups.

The statement said that this was the first prayer session that the Osun Muslim Community would be holding for Babalola who also doubles as the President of MUSWEN.

Eid-El-Fitr: Sultan Urges Muslims To Watch Out For New Moon

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has asked every Muslim in the country to look for the new moon between Sunday and Monday for the Eid el-Fitri.

The Secretary-General of the council, Is-haq Oloyede in a statement on Sunday, said the council, under the leadership of the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, enjoined all Muslims to look for the moon.

Mr. Oloyede said the Sultan has therefore put in place a National Moon Sighting Committee, NMSC, to that effect.

The Shehu of Borno and NSCIA Deputy President-General is among the 34 Muslims across the country as members of the committee.

“NMSC has advised the President-General that the crescent of Shawwal should be searched for on Monday, July 4, 2016 equivalent to 29th Ramadan 1437 AH.

“If the crescent is actually sighted by informed persons on Monday night and His Eminence is so advised by the experts, he would declare Tuesday, July 5, 2016 as the first day of Shawwal (‘Id day).

“If, however, the crescent is not sighted on Monday night, Wednesday, July 6, 2016 automatically becomes the first of Shawwal 1437 AH (‘Id day),” Mr. Oloyede said.
He enjoined Muslims all over the country to be on the lookout for the directive of the President-General of NSCIA on the completion of this year’s Ramadan fast.

He said as soon as the NMSC confirmed the sighting of the crescent, the committee would advise the president-general of the NSCIA, who will announce the completion of Ramadan and the observance of `Idul-Fitri’ prayer.

“Muslims are also strongly advised to fast for six days between the second and the end of Shawwal,” Mr. Oloyede said.

The secretary-general also said Muslims should see it as necessity, paying `Zakatul-Fitri’ with the intention of lifting the hearts of the indigent members of the community.
“The council urges all to ensure the delivery of Zakatul-Fitri to the appropriate recipients –the poor –and guard against its diversion by any agent or intermediary,” he said.

Mr. Oloyede said Ramadan might come and go, the lessons in it must continue to reflect in the lives of Muslims.

“The council encourages Muslims to continue praying for peaceful co-existence in Nigeria, as they keep the virtues and gains of the sacred month as a spiritual guide towards accelerated development as individuals and a nation,” he said.

Nigerian Muslims Begin Fasting

Nigeria will today join the rest of the world to begin the Ramadan fast.

Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar last night directed the Muslim Ummah to commence the Ramadan fast on June 6.

The Sultan gave the directive in Sokoto sequel to the sighting of the new moon of Ramadan, 1437 AH.

He said the new moon was sighted in various states of the federation.

Alhaji Abubakar noted that the sighting of the new Moon had been duly verified by the National Moon Sighting Committew.

“Today (yesterday), Shaaban 29, equivalent to June, 5, 2016, therefore marks the end of Shaaban. Therefore, tomorrow (today), June 6, is equivalent to the 1st of Ramadan, 1437 AH,” he added.

The Sultan appealed to Nigerians to intensify their acts of worship during the month-long fasting.

Alhaji Abubakar further called on the Muslim Ummah to fervently pray for the nation’s leaders to succeed, at all levels.

He also urged the Muslim Ummah to pray for sustained peace, unity of Nigeria and the world, as well as inter- religious harmony.

Millions of Muslims around the world will also start of the holy month of Ramadan on today, a time marked by intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts.

Saudi Arabia’s state TV announced the new moon of Ramadan was spotted Sunday evening.

Local media in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country, also said Muslims there would begin fasting Monday, as will Muslims in Singapore, Yemen, Lebanon, Syria, Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Afghanistan and the Palestinian territories, among others.