Boko Haram: Sultan Of Sokoto Accuses CAN, Others Of Plot To Discredit Muslims
The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday accused groups like the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and some individuals of plotting to discredit Muslims.
He said this while reacting to insinuations from certain quarters that Muslims want to Islamize Nigeria through the activities of the Boko Haram.
Such allegation was part of the agenda to discredit muslims, he said.
The Sultan further stressed that the insecurity created in the northern part of the country by the Boko Haram sect should not be seen in any way as an attempt by Muslims to persecute Christians or turn Nigeria into an Islamic country, as more Muslims have also been killed by the insurgents.
Speaking at the Golden Jubilee lecture of the Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI) in Kaduna, the Sultan who is also the president-general of JNI said Christianity and Islam should not be seen as an accident of history, but as God’s design which cannot be changed by anyone, adding that the main problem in the country is bad governance which, once tackled head-on, will address all other problems.
He explained that the desire of JNI to criticise certain policies of the present government or demand their rights does not mean fighting the government or any group or religion, but should be seen as a wake-up call for government or those in leadership positions to do what is right.
The Sultan however appealed to Christians and other faiths to join hands with Muslims to tackle the present security challenges and other problems facing the country and to also see Islam as a peaceful religion.
The guest speaker on the occasion and a former Nigerian ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Professor Shehu Galadanci, in a lecture entitled “Nigerian Muslims and the JNI: Strengths, Achievements, Prospects and Challenges”, claimed that Muslims in Nigeria are being marginalised in the political scene under the current dispensation despite their large population.
Vice President Namadi Sambo in his goodwill message said the present administration has supported JNI in its programmes to tackle insecurity and illiteracy through the establishment of Almajiri model schools in many states in the north and also assured the body of federal government’s effort to address the constant clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in some states.
He quickly debunked allegations by the guest speaker that Muslims are marginalised under the President Jonathan administration.
Governor Mukhtar Yero of Kaduna State said 50 years of JNI called for celebration and urged the apex Islamic body in the north to establish peaceful co-existence with the Christian Association of Nigeria and find possible ways of enthroning peace in the country.
A highpoint of the occasion was the public presentation of the historical almanac of the association by the vice president.
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