At a time when Nigerians in diaspora reunited with their families at home for the 2019 Christmas holiday, two first class traditional rulers from the North, Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Sa’ad III and the Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II are touring the country in quest of peace and unity for the Muslims.
Muslim News findings revealed that from Wednesday, December 25 to Friday, December 27 (three days), the two respected Muslim leaders had visited three States, namely, Kano, Oyo and Lagos respectively, to honour and show support for the Muslims and send the message of peace.
Dressed in their respective royal regalias, the Sultan of Sokoto and Emir of Kano on Wednesday graced 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).
Together with their entourage, they left the second largest city in Nigeria for the ancient city of Ibadan in Oyo State, on Thursday, where they attended the formal opening of another, the southwest branch of the Muslim Students body, famously known as MSSN B Zone at their ongoing IVC holding at Lagos – Ibadan expressway, Ogunmakin village.
In continuation of this solidarity and identification with Islamic affairs, Abubakar Saad III and Sanusi Muhammad today, Friday, December 27, 2019 were in Lagos State to partake in the ongoing National Qur’an Competition where scores of Qur’an memorizers from about 36 States of the Federation would be slugging it out with one another.
The formal opening Ceremony, tagged, Lagos for Qur’an 2020 was held at the Sports Centre of the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos.
On these occasions, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar Sa’ad III enjoined Nigerian Muslims to be peaceful and refused to be provoked to take up arms to fight over any issue or comment made by anybody in the country.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Sultan Abubakar, who spoke on Islamic Law and the Nigerian Constitution, said: “We must not take up arms over any issue or anybody.
“We must never try to fight, we must not enforce our rights on anything. But we as leaders, all of us as leaders, we will look at ways of getting our rights from the government.
“So never be provoked; don’t let any comment or any report from anywhere provoke you into taking up arms to fight.
“Why?, because that is what they want us to do to destabilise Nigeria. 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.”
Abubakar III emphasised the need for Muslims to remain calm over any issue concerning their faith. “Like I said, Almighty Allah will protect His religion, He will protect the Qur’an, His book.
“We will do our own part by remaining peaceful, by always abiding by the laws of our land.
“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 said.
On his part, Muhammad Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano, urged Muslims to ensure that their wards get education.
The first class traditional ruler said this would reduce illiteracy, poverty and social vices.