By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
National Missioner of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Imam Abdulr-Rahman Ahmad on Saturday asked Nigerian politicians to “play the game of politics by the rule and encourage “peace and stability in the country not things that can lead to hatred or crises.
Imam Ahmad gave the charge in Ibadan while speaking as the keynote speaker at the opening of a one-day international conference on Islam in Yorubaland entitled “Islam in Yorubaland: Progress and Challenges” held at the international conference centre, University of Ibadan.
The AUD National Missioner declared that for Nigeria to have credible, fair and acceptable general elections in 2019, there is the need for Nigerian politicians to play the game of politics according to the rules.
“Well, I don’t think there is any difference in attitude of politicians, politicians are politicians, elections are elections, but I just want politicians to think and consider the fact that they can only be Presidents, Governors, House of Representatives members, honourable members of the House of Assemblies if there is a country. They can only be Presidents”, he said.
Imam Ahmad added, “anything that may disrupt the peace of the country, anything that can cause crisis should be avoided.” saying, “and of course, politicians, they should learn from the recent happenings in the country, because, people are more enlightened, people are more conscious and they should know that the people can no longer be taking for granted”.
Speaking further, he cautioned Islamic organisations to desist from giving awards to some people that don’t merit the awards, adding, “I was calling for a reappraisal, because it has become an all comers.”
” We have many people who have been conferred Islamic awards and they have performed well, people like late Arisekola Alao, but today is free for all. We have some people who does not merit the awards they are parading, this is what I am calling the Islamic organisations to review to ensure that people who are conferred are the people who deserves it. This must be reviewed.”
On the topic of the anniversary, Imam Ahmad said, ” I think beyond prospect, Islam has come to stay in Yorubaland, for 700 years, we have made monumental achievements. The landmark achievement is there. Muslims have contributed to the Yorubaland, it was the Muslims that first wrote the history of the Yorubaland”.
In his welcome remarks, MUSWEN President and Deputy President-General (South) Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Dr. Sakariyau Babalola disclosed that the program would provide opportunity for Muslims in Yorubaland to examine their history, provide unbiased perspectives to the position of Islam in the region.
The conference was graced by the Chairman, Board of Trustees, MUSWEN, Justice Bola Abdul Jabbar Ajibola (SAN); MUSWEN Executive Secretary, Professor Dawud Noibi; Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Professor Isiaq Akintola; former Director of Academic Planning University of Jos, Professor Muslih Yahya, President, Muslim Community of Lagos State, Professor Tajudeen Gbadamosi, former Commissioner, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), in charge of Oyo, Ogun and Ekiti states, Professor Lai Olurode; Professor Muibi Opeloye and Head of Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies University of Ibadan, Professor Kamil Oloso.