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.


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.

Oyinlola Advises FG On Boko Haram War

Former Osun State Governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has called on the Federal Government to build on the success recorded so far in the war against Boko Haram.

Oyinlola also advised the government to disabuse the minds of those who might still be sympathetic to the violent group.

He said this in an interview with reporters after receiving an honorary doctoral degree in Public Administration from the Fountain University, Osogbo.

The university also conferred an honorary doctoral degree in Political Economy on the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Mohammed, at the event.

Oyinlola said, “If we look at the beginning of the insurgency, there was a time when Boko Haram members were in charge of a sizeable part of our land. That is no longer happening. They can no longer hoist their flag and they have been reduced to stragglers.

“They will not want to give up easily. But while the military is carrying on with their operations, the government should begin to disabuse the minds of those already indoctrinated. That will be good way to maintaining the success recorded so far.”

The Sultan warned Nigerians against trying to force their religions on others.

The monarch said he had so many things in common with Oyinlola, who he said, was his commanding officer in the Nigerian Army.

The Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, urged universities to stop being certificate-awarding institutions to problem-solving centres.

Universities, she added, should endeavour to equip their graduates to be job creators rather than jobseekers.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bashiru Raji, said 11 out of the 350 graduating students, obtained first class degrees.

The VC said that 102 of them obtained second class upper division; 172 second class lower division while 59 bagged third class degrees.

Raji also noted that the National Universities Commission accredited all the programmes in the university.

According to him, the university is ranked 18th among private universities.

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Ooni Hosts Sultan, As Tambuwal Delivers Lecture In Osun

Former Speaker, House of Representative and governor of Sokoto State, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, will on Monday 28th March deliver the convocation lecture of Fountain University, Osogbo, Osun State.

The Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Bashiru Ademola Raji who disclosed this yesterday while addressing newsmen in Osogbo on the activities lined up for the fourth and fifth convocation ceremony of the university said Tambuwal will speak on the topic: “Religious Tolerance and Challenges of Democratic Governance”.

Professor Raji further disclosed that the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, will lead other prominent traditional rulers in the South West to host the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, who will be conferred a honorary award to be announced during the convocation.

According to him, also to be conferred a honourary award for impacting on the development of Nigeria is the former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

Giving the breakdown of degrees and awards for the 2013/2014 and 2014/2015 academic sessions, Prof. Raji disclosed that 11 students bag First Class Honours, 102, Second Class Upper division, 172, Second Class Lower division while 59 students bag Third Class Honours.

Prof. Raji disclosed that other activities lined up for the ceremony include commissioning and flagging off of some projects and the launching of N5billion endowment fund for the development of the university owned by NASFAT.

He disclosed that the university has been granted permission by the National Universities Commission to embark on postgraduate programmes adding that all the courses offered in the institution are fully accredited.

The Vice Chancellor said in fulfilment of its obligation to impact positively on the host community, the university research group led by Dr. Nusirah Afolabi-Balogun carried out enlightenment exercise and distributed insecticide-treated nets to the host community and environs