Monday, December 26, 2011

Sultan decries lack of unity among Muslims

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad Abubakar III, on Sunday at Imolisa village, Ogun, expressed concern over what he described as the lack of unity among Muslims in the country.

Abubakar made the observation while declaring open the 92nd Islamic Vocation Course (IVC) organised by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Zone B.

He said although Muslims were in the majority in Nigeria they could not speak with one voice because they were not united.

Abubakar, however, said that there was hope as Muslim leaders had identified the problems and were finding solutions to them.

“It is important for the Muslims to gather and talk about issues affecting Islam where leaders will interact with the youth,’’ Abubakar told the youth, who were drawn from the Southern part of the country.

He said that it was through interaction at such meetings that problems facing Islam could be discussed and resolved.

Speaking on extremism and violence in the country, he said Islam was never in support of those who use violence to achieve their aims.

He said the media were not helping matters as they were always quick to label any act of violence as handiwork of Muslims “without waiting for investigations to be concluded’’.

“When did Boko Haram become an octopus with so many tentacles?

“When people commit crimes these days they hide under the name of Boko Haram’’ the Sultan lamented.


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