IBADAN— The Emir of Kano, Muhammadu Sanusi II, yesterday, dismissed insinuations killings and destruction in the country by Muslim elements in the name of Islamic Jihad were against the tenets and teachings of Islam.
Emir Sanusi said this while speaking at the grand finale of the 10th anniversary celebration of the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria, MUSWEN, and N5 billion launch of MUSWEN International Centre, which took place at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan.
Sanusi said: “Killing people in the name of Jihad is not Jihad. Allah does not prohibit us to cater for and take care of people.
“So, what we see with people destroying the peace of the nation is not a Jihad. When your freedom to practice Islam is not tampered with, this is not Islam. And we have to take it and we have it as our responsibility to say that this is not Islam.
“We must keep the promise with those we promised. These who are leaders, you are expected to fulfil your promises to the people when you assume office. It doesn’t matter if you ask God to make you President, Governor, Emir, it does not matter but you promised Allah that I will take care of people and fail.
“Islam does not allow a Muslim to take away property of the people unjustly. Fight only those who fight you. Even, there are rules when there is war, you don’t fight the children, this aged and women.”
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu who represented President Muhammadu Buhari at the occasion, commended Muslims in the Southwest Nigeria for promoting peaceful co-existence of Nigerians from different religious backgrounds in the region, while assuring the readiness of the present administration to continue to promote religious tolerance in the country.
Sultan urges Muslims to eschew violence
In his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar warned Muslims against violence, as he urged them to remain calm, even at the point of provocation.
He said: “Let us show decorum, let us show people that we are Muslims. We should not use foul languages. We can be aggrieved, but don’t let us allow grievances to make us to be violent.”
Also speaking Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, urged Muslims in the region to continue to embrace peace as the 2019 general elections are fast approaching.