By Wahab Abdulah
If you think ethnic or tribal differences is the cog in the wheel of Nigeria as a nation, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria has a different view of this. In its Eid-el-Fitr message to Muslims in Nigeria made available to Vanguard, the leader of the Jama’at, Dr Mas’hud Fashola said the real enemy is injustice, corruption, fraud, ethnic rivalry exploited by evil and influential people to dominate, cheat, exploit, and undermine other groups.
According to him: “Ethnic or tribal differences do not really constitute the problem of Nigeria though some people have turned our tribal differences into serious problems. The real enemy is injustice, corruption, fraud, ethnic rivalry exploited by evil and influential people to dominate, cheat, exploit, and undermine other groups, holding secret meetings. At the end of the day, they bring about poverty, disease, disunity, and disaster on the people. God’s wrath descends not because of our religious or ethnic differences but for widespread corruption and evil.”
Dr Fashola stated that the way out is for pious representatives of all ethnic and religious groups to come together to defend justice and equality, promote charity and good life for all citizens without any discrimination whatsoever and to oppose corruption and all evil conduct as admonished by Holy Qur’an 3:105,111.
“And let there be among you a body of men who should invite to goodness and enjoin equity and forbid evil. And it is they who shall prosper. (Q.3:104/105)
“You are the best people raised for the good of mankind; you enjoin what is good and forbid evil and believe in Allah…” (Q.3:110/111)
Amir Fashola added: “Religion should unite us across all regions and ethnicity, because believers are united by the same principle of piety and righteousness as declared by Allah.
“And the believers, men and women, are friends of each other. They enjoin good and forbid evil and observe prayer and give charity and obey Allah and His Messenger. It is these on whom Allah will have mercy.(Q9:70/71)
“If we do not stop ethnic rivalry, nepotism, killings, injustice, corruption and oppression, the Wrath of God will surely descend on all the groups and individuals responsible. Restructuring of Nigeria will achieve nothing if we do not uphold the principle of justice, equality, and eradicate poverty and misery.”