Congratulations poured in from different Muslim Organisations in Nigeria for Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Vice President-elect, Alhaji Kashim Shettima on their hard-earned and well-deserved victory at the just concluded presidential polls.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier on Wednesday declared Tinubu, the presidential flag bearer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner of the election.
– Support Tinubu’s presidency, TMC calls on oppositions, Nigerians
The Muslim Congress (TMC), in its press statement released on Wednesday and signed by its Amir, President, Alhaji Abdul Wasi’i Taiwo Bangbala spoke on the emergence Tinubu as winner at the polls. The faith-based organisation joined Nigerians and the rest of the world to felicitate with Tinubu and Shettima.
Alhaji Bangbala described Tinubu’s triumph at the elections widely deemed Africa’s largest democratic exercise, as a testament to a renewed hope for a better and forward looking Nigeria.
“It is a clear statement that Nigerians place greater premiums on antecedents, clear vision and development over other impressionistic considerations, as the successful bid is one built on years of focus, hard work and political sagacity”, he noted.
Whilst the nation struts into the future with a new dawn of transformative leadership at hand, TMC called on Nigerians from every walks of life, irrespective of partisan affiliations, to join hands with the incoming administration to build a stronger, resilient nation where we can better define our destiny as a people.
According to him, “We believe that Asiwaju, helped by his vast experience, rich and extensive network, clear understanding of the pressing issues and assisted by the brilliant, hard-working and resourceful Vice president-elect, Kashim Shettima, will begin, in earnest, the work of steering the country into the path of sustainable peace and national security while accelerating the much desired socio-economic development.
“We urge the runners-up to exercise the spirit of sportsmanship, accept the outcome in the overall interest of the nation and to, rather than heat up the polity, seek redress in court if it is deemed to be of essence”, he added.
– Remain focused on building Nigeria, the same way you built Lagos, MURIC to Tinubu
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), in a congratulatory message signed on Wednesday by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola,.rejoiced with the president-elect for this great feat, wishing him two successful terms in good health, bounteous national prosperity, peace and stability
According to him, “First and foremost, we thank Almighty Allah for making Tinubu’s victory at the polls a fait accompli. Next, we congratulate the President Elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Jagaban of Borgu, for this great feat and we wish him two successful terms in good health, bounteous national prosperity, peace and stability. Bola Tinubu is indubitably, not only the most eminently qualified for the position but the best well prepared for it. His victory is therefore well deserved.
Prof Akintola urged the President Elect to remain focused on rebuilding Nigeria as he rebuilt Lagos and to stay in character by inspiring religious tolerance the same way he had always tolerated all faiths.
“We have no scintilla of doubt that Tinubu, who has been married to a Christian pastor for the past 40 years and led a happy marital life, will successfully manage a multi-religious entity like Nigeria.
“At this juncture, we heartily congratulate the First Lady Elect, Senator Oluremi Tinubu, for successfully nurturing a model macro home in a multi-religious microcosm called Nigeria.
“MURIC thanks the North for standing by Tinubu and for remaining faithful to their pledge. The Northern Region has proved to all and sundry that it is a region of honour and nobility. The strong statement that has been made with the trajectory of the presidential election is that the North is a reliable friend. The North has demonstrated the essence of Islam in terms of trustworthiness and fulfilment of promises. We are very grateful.
“We congratulate Yoruba Muslims for securing the presidency for the first time since independence. It is on record that three Yoruba Christians have occupied the post in the past. The victory of Tinubu, a moderate Yoruba Muslim, came as a fulfilment of the yearnings of Muslims in the region,” he added.
– MPAC urges elected officers to remember their duties to God and the nation
Muslim Public Affairs Centre, MPAC, Nigeria also congratulated President-elect, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and the Vice President-elect, Alhaji Kashim Shettima Mustapha, on their breathtaking and successful election to the highest offices as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the early hours of yesterday, 1st of March, 2023.
Executive Chairman, MPAC Nigeria, Disu Kamor, in his congratulatory message, said, “We use this auspicious period to remind all our elected officials of their duties to God and the nation. We pray that our elected officials will take counsel in the following wise and evergreen words of Caliph Abu Bakr (RA), in his inaugural speech, as the first successor to the Prophet (SAW):
“O people, I have been appointed over you, though I am not the best among you. If I do well, then help me; and if I act wrongly, then correct me. Truthfulness is synonymous with fulfilling the trust, and lying is equivalent to treachery. The weak among you is deemed strong by me, until I return to them that which is rightfully theirs, insha Allah. And the strong among you is deemed weak by me, until I take from them what is rightfully (someone else’s), insha Allah….”,
“…..Friends you have some rights on me, and I tell you of these rights, so that you may be in a position to call me to account. These rights are:
Firstly, that I should not exact any tax or other levy from you not authorized by law;
Secondly, that whatever taxes are lawfully realized from you are spent in your best interests;
Thirdly, it is incumbent on me that I should protect the frontiers of your land;
Fourthly, it is my duty to promote your prosperity and look after your interests;
and Fifthly, it is my obligation to do justice.”
Mal. Disu implored all elected officials to remember God Who alone has enabled their election, in Whose name and presence they make solemn promises to the nation, and to remember the day of giving account before Him.
As we pray that Allah “guide our leaders right. And help our youth the truth to know”, we earnestly pray that as a nation, we are guided by the divine light of God Almighty to rediscover the sacred flame of our national heritage, which so many have given their lives to safeguard.
May the wounds of separation and division be healed and may our hearts always listen to the truth on all sides, allowing us to find a higher truth for a common purpose.
May the tenure of our President-elect and the Vice-President-elect bring peace, security, unity and abundance of Allah’s blessings.
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