Nigerians across all religious divides have been urged to do what is right according to their religious tenets which will make everything to be all right for us as a nation and worldwide.
This appeal came from his eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, at the launching of a book titled; ‘Islam in Yorubaland: History, Education & Culture’, published by the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria, MUSWEN.
His eminence also advised Nigerians of all religious leanings to be properly informed about history and creation, live in peace and harmony with all irrespective of colour, tribe or religion.
“Religious leaders and scholars across Nigeria must be feeding their followers with truth and the true meaning of faiths that they profess, and how religious tolerance can foster harmony across the country.”
Also speaking at the event, the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, who was represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, urged religious leaders to shun war-mongering and continue to spread the message of peace and religious tolerance.
In addition, Prof. Osinbajo commended MUSWEN for the great initiative of documenting the history of Islam in Yorubaland. He noted that it was saddening that those who are ill-informed have taken the mantle of leading separatist movements and promoting issues capable of pitching Nigerians against one another in a bid to achieving their agenda.
“We should all agree that what unites us is more than what divide us. Scholars and religious leaders must preach against comments, preachings, and rhetorics capable of disintegrating Nigeria and Nigerians,” Osibanjo concluded.
In his welcome address, the President of MUSWEN and Deputy President General (South), NSCIA, Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo, said that the book is unique because it has come to correct the wrong impression and misrepresentation of Islamic history in Yoruba Land.
“It was a realisation of a dream to set the historical records of Islam in Yorubaland straight… For centuries, Muslims in Nigeria’s Southwest have had to accept their spiritual plight as a fate accompli when the concept and conditions for practising their religion had to be dictated to them by their counterparts in other religious,” Alhaji Oladejo explained.
The chairman of the occasion and former Managing Director of Guarantee Trust Bank, Alhaji Tajudeen Fola Adeola, called on Muslims to stop hiding their Islamic identities, potentials and push forward everything to show their identity as Muslims.
According to Sultan, history is so important to humanity because it provides us with a good understanding of ourselves, our religion, our contributions to the development of our community and our place in the larger society.
Furthermore, his eminence commended the scholars that helped MUSWEN to put the book together, saying they have done a great work.
“I think it is important that we should not leave our history for those who do not know us to write books for us.”
Osun State Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Alhaji Abdullahi Binuyo, described the book as a well-researched work of history which has benefited from the rich career of the authors.
His royal highness, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi called for continuous harmonious relationship among all tribes in Nigeria irrespective of their religious background.
While delivering his lecture, the National Missioner, Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Imam Abdur-Rahman Ahmad, stated that Islam came to Yorubaland very strong, bold and well-accepted.
“It came very proud and strong. So, the Yoruba Muslims should be very proud of their place in the community. Muslims had made irresistible contributions to the economic development of Yoruba Land. Islam came to Yoruba Land with commerce and so, Islam did not come to beg.”
“The Muslims of today changed the great narratives of the good past. But today, people agonize. People have told our story the way they like. It is enough of agonizing.”
“Muslims of Yoruba Land must come together for unity of purpose. We have to work for internal cohesion. We must review the structure and organisation of our mosque system. It is time to change.
“The Yoruba Muslims must intellectualize our challenges. How? One, the Hijab. The Hijab is a worldwide phenomenon. It is not Nigerian or Yoruba issue. In US, UK, Hijab is used and there is no problem. Why has Hijab usage become a problem in Yoruba Land?
“We must be strong in terms of mediation and engage more with the community. The aim of Islam is not to antagonize the society. Whenever you see a Muslim antagonizing the society, that is not Islam.
The learned scholar also advised that MUSWEN must not be another organisation but remain truly an umbrella body for all Muslims in Yoruba Land, taking the Ummah of South West to the next level.
“It should not be a crime for a Sheikh to be in the Presidency or be minister. It is time for us to start organising and agonizing for effectiveness.”
Doing the book presentation virtually, former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Jubrilla Ayinla, called for immediate return of History to the educational curriculum in the country.
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Many dignitaries and thousand others also joined the launching virtually. Among the dignitaries that graced the occasion were; the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, Oniru of Iruland, Oba Gbolahan Lawal, Registrar/Chief Executive, Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, the book reviewer and Provost of Federal College of Education, Iwo, Osun State, Prof. Rafiu Adebayo, Senator Musiliu Obanikoro, former Osun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Prof. Muhib Opeloye, Dr. Idiat Adebule, Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Alhaja Noimot Salako-Oyedele, Group Captain Babatunde Lawal, Barrister Ahmed Raji, Dr. Muiz Banire, among others.