By Tina Akannam
Dutse—Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido has challenged Islamic clerics in the country to guide political leaders on ways of restoring moral and ethical values in the society.
The governor made the call while declaring a week-long celebrations in commemoration of the birth of the leader of Tijjniyya Movement in West Africa, Sheik Ibrahim Inyass in Dutse, the state capital, yesterday.
He stressed that Islamic leaders had the knowledge to guide the leaders on how to provide good leadership to the people with the fear of God and fairness without stealing public funds.
Lamido then asked all Islamic sects in the country to eschew their difference and unite in the interest of unity of Muslims.
Said he: “At this time when our religion is facing a lot infiltration by different sects who claim to be fighting the cause of Islam, all Muslim leaders must bury their differences and protect and promote the religion at all levels.
”Everybody is looking at you as men of God who are supposed to lead and guide other political leaders. We as political leaders, are expected to protect the lives and property of those who gave us their mandate; therefore we need moral guidance to do it well.”
The governor said that when the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Ahmadu Bello was the premier of the then Northern region, and late Chief Obafemi Awolowo was the leader of the defunct Western region, they had differences on many issues, but united politically when national issues arose.