By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Secretary General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Oyo State chapter, Shaikh Salaudeen Busairi on Thursday cautioned religious leaders in the state against destroying the existing peace in the state for their selfish gains.
Shaikh Salaudeen stated this in Ibadan during a courtesy visit paid by the NSCIA to the Special Assistant to Governor Seyi Makinde on Islamic Affairs, Imam Abdul Rasheed Abdul-Azeez.
The NSCIA Secretary General stated that Governor Makinde has never been found wanting in maintaining good relationship with Muslims, even though he is a Christian, adding that the governor’s cordial relationship with Muslims has shown clearly in the areas of education, employment and other social amenities in the state.
“Particularly, the recent employment drive in the education sector, in which thousands of our Muslim brothers and sisters were employed, comes to mind.This feat is more than any Government has recorded in the last 10 years”, he said.
Sheikh Salaudeen added, “it is also on record that Governor Makinde appointed a Special Assistant on Islamic Affairs, which is a testimony to the fact that Governor has and wants to continue to have a cordial relationship with Muslims”.
“We should not allow any ulterior sentiment to be – cloud us from recognising the good deed done by anybody, that is what we call truth and fairness in Islam. We should not allow religious sentiment to separate us as religion leaders,”
The NSCIA stressed that Governor Makinde had been balancing his leadership with fairness among all the religions and that the people of the state can always rely on his leadership prowess, adding that ” there should be mutual cooperation among all religions in the State”.
While appealing to some Elders who he said always hide under the canopy of religion to fan embers of discord among Muslims to have a re-think, Sheikh Salaudeen urged youths in the state, wherever they find themselves, to shun any leader calling for war”, saying, “whenever they kindle fire of war, Allah shall always extinguish it.”
The NSCIA General Secretary in Oyo state stressed further that people must be aware that there are some political failures hiding under the banner of religion to cause chaos in the society.
Commending Governor Makinde for declaring Public Holiday on (Hijirah) an Islamic calendar year and for celebrating the Maolud Nabiy in the state, Sheikh Salaudeen said, “we should equally be grateful to Governor Seyi Makinde for appointing a Special Assistant on Islamic Affairs, which is unprecedented in Oyo state”.
He also appreciated the present administration in the State for allowing student of various secondary schools to practise their religions without any harassment or intimidation.
Special Assistant to Governor Makinde on Islamic Affairs, Imam Abdul-Azeez solicited the support of all religious leaders in the state to join hands in moving the state forward.