How Sultan, Sanusi’s visit boost our morale, peaceful attitude – Southern youths
Speaking with Smartviews Correspondent in Lagos, many of these very excited youths expressed their concerns regarding the many injustices meted out to Muslims in the south west but said that they are indeed quite glad seeing these very respected royal fathers in their midst preaching peace, love and moderation with proper planning and implementation in all spheres of life.
Adeboye Nurudeen, a 300-level student of University of Lagos said that listening to the royal fathers really helped him in shaping his opinions which he said will be same for many others.
Okanlawon Simiat of Yaba College of Technology, Bankole Yusuf and Adelowo Rashèedah expressed their happiness about the peace-building and bridge-building moves of the respected traditional leaders and hoped that will be a continuous process.
Many of them talked about having read and heard many positive comments about the duo in terms of help humanity and mentoring the young ones saying however that seeing them physically greatly affected their psyche and boosted their morale.
In their response to what their expectations are, many of them appealed to the royal fathers to further use their influence to make the practice of Islam, most especially the use of Hijab legally in both public and private sectors, more accessible without any form of discrimination, leadership and business mentoring, accessible Halal banks and Islamic finances among others.
“Many of us have good and creative business ideas but the financing options around us are full of interests which are not allowed in Islam. This is really putting us at a great disadvantage in comparison to others who have access to government funds and loans with interests.” Yusuf lamented.
“We are aware of their various strides aimed at improving the quality of life of their subjects but they need to do more in order to reach more Muslims.”
On Friday, 27th of December, 2019, the eminent royals came to Lagos State for formal opening ceremony of the ongoing National Qur’an Recitation Competition at Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.
In addition, his eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto condemned the media bias against Islam and various discrimination against Muslims, especially denial of women to wear hijab by some schools and government agencies.
In his address, the Sultan urged Nigerian Muslims to remain peaceful and never be provoked to being violent over any issue or comment made by anybody in the country.
“We must never try to fight, we must not enforce our rights on anything. But we as leaders will look at ways of getting our rights from the government. We will not destabilise Nigeria as Muslims. We will walk as Islam orders us to do.
“And In Shaa Allah, we will build a better Nigeria where Muslims are allowed to wear the hijab anywhere and at any time.”
“We will do our own part by remaining peaceful, by always abiding by the laws of our land.
He also cautioned religious and political leaders against public comments that are inciting. Rather he called for mutual discussion on disputed issues
“We are always talking to our leaders, especially the political leaders, on what should be done and what ought not to be done,” the Sultan concluded.
Also speaking at the event, the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammad Sanusi II, called on Muslim parents to ensure that their wards get quality education in order to reduce illiteracy, poverty and social vices. “It’s not enough for us to just be giving birth to children without taking adequate care of those children.”
Responding to Governor Sanwo-Olu’s promise to protect the rights of every citizen to practice their religion, the youths expressed their worry regarding this promise saying that they still have many discriminatory practices in some schools and agencies as obtained at LASTMA training camp recently where people were asked not to observe Solat in congregations.
According to the organisers, the 5competition rganised by Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto is aimed at bringing the Qur’an closer to the hearts and minds of young Muslims across the country.
On Wednesday, the highly respected royals were at the formal opening ceremony of the Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) held at the New Site of the Bayero University, Kano State.The camping programme is organised by the leadership of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, A-Zone (which comprises the 19 northern states including Abuja).
In the same vein, they were in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday, where they attended the formal opening of another, the southwest branch of the Muslim Students body.
The closing and prize-giving ceremony will be at Teslim Balogun Stadium on Saturday 4th of January, 2020.