NSCIA calls on the President-elect to look into immorality vices being packaged into education of the Nigerian children
May 27, 2023 Fausiat Salako-Sanni
The President-General of Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has advised the President-elect, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and his vice, Sen. Kashim Shettima on need to seriously pay attention to the immorality in different forms that tantamount to destroying the lives of the Nigerian youth.
He gave this advice at the special jummat inaugural lecture held on Friday, May 26, 2023 at the National mosque, Abuja.
“There are certain areas of our national life that are dear to the hearts of Muslims and one of them is the education of our children. That there are many evils sneaking into Nigeria like a thief in the night. Homosexuality, lesbianism and sexual perversions are being deodorised as sex education and the evil is being surreptitiously introduced to our youth and children through the school system and the (social) media. In order not to jeopadise the future of our children, the Muslim ummah requests to retain aspects of our national life that engender education, information and spiritual wellbeing of the citizens.”
The special jummat lecture was held in honour of the President-elect of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and to offer prayers for divine guidance and success of the incoming administration.
The Secretary-General of NSCIA, Prof. Is-haq Olanrewaju Oloyede in his goodwill message tagged “Victory is for the believers in God, the Al-Mighty”. He used the occasion to speak on five germane points, which were gratitude, prayer, lesson, advice and request.
According to the Secretary-General NSCIA, he appreciated the goodness of The Almighty upon the country and highlighted the sure ways to clear the fog and forge ahead in the tasks before them.
“I begin on a note of gratitude to the Almighty Allah, for the life and presidency of His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, may God accept his deeds and forgive his errors, and gratitude of our President-Elect and the Vice-President-Elect. Alhamdu liLLahi rabbil ‘aalamin. I also thank Him (SWT) for accepting our prayers and making today a reality not only for the ummah but also Nigeria, our beloved country. Allah is praise-worthy for what He has done and in praising Him.”
He cited a verse in the Qur’an which corroborates this message. (Q3:26).
“Say, “O Allah! The Lord of Power and Sovereignty. You give power to whom You wish. You strip off power from whom You wish. You grant honour to who You wish, and You humiliate whom You wish. In Your hand is all good. Verily, You have power over all things.”
“This journey that is starting now shall be a successful one for the ummah and the Nigerians at large.” Sec.-Gen. opined
He however reminded the President-elect of a very important phenomenon which can’t be underestimated in achieving success in any sphere of life.
“I wish to reiterate that the significance of prayer cannot be overemphasised and you should always remember that. It is said that prayer without effort makes one’s life half-empty and effort without prayer makes one’s life half-full. What guarantees ultimate success in life is prayer with effort. You know more than many others that your victory is prayer answered and effort well executed.”
“When you uttered the sentence, Emi lokan, Allah accepted it because, “No group can on its own hasten its term (turn) nor can it (or any one) delay it” (Qur’an 15 vs 5 and 23 vs 42)
Your Excellency, we pray fervently as we have confidence in you that you will succeed. You have done it before at a level and you can do it again at this level.”said Prof. Oloyede.
He further buttressed his points by citing a story in the authentic collections of Bukhari and Muslim in hadith literature, paraphrasing Abdullah ibn Umar who narrated it from the Prophet (SAW), of three men who were walking while it started to rain heavily and they decided to seek refuge in a cave in a mountain where all of a sudden, a boulder fell over the mouth of their cave, blocking them inside. When three of them, one after the other prayed and pleaded with Allah SWT to help them out of their plight by mentioning the good deeds they’ve done because of Allah SWT.
“Then, one of them was inspired to tell the others, “Friends, mention the good deeds you have done for Allah that you may call upon the Almighty by them, perhaps He will relieve you and they were all saved.”
“The implication of this story is for Asiwaju and the rest of us, is that the good we do comes back to us in the moment of need one way or the other. You may go through some traumatic experiences but the end will be sweet. Here is the President-Elect who has been spending resources and energy on building others and sacrificing everything at his disposal to make people’s dreams come true. Allah does not betray the good doers. In this, there is a lesson for us that we should continue to patiently do good to the deserving and the underserving because as Allah says in the Quran, “And be patient, for surely Allah does not waste the reward of the good-doers”(Q11:150). The reward of your good deeds is here and we hope that everyone thoughtful would learn from this.”
“Also the Vice President-Elect, Dist. Sen. Kashim Shettima (GCON) is a cerebral, straightforward and patriotic performer. He too has demonstrated high impact capacity and we pray Allah to make your union beneficial to not only to the Nation but also both of you here and in the hereafter.”
“There is no doubt that power intoxicates and leads people to arrogance. I advise you to be true to yourself and the values that have made you a magnetic personalities. You have said you will form a government of national competence, which is laudable. The government should unify the country also but not at the expense of Muslims, please.”
“I will draw your attention to a verse of the Glorious Qur’an, the chapter of victory, Qur’an Chapter 110. It contains just three verses and I recommend the recommendations of the Almighty Allah as you savour the joy of victory. Praising God and drawing near to Him in penitence and submission are sure ways to clear the fog.”
He ended the message by offering supplications for success, peace, tranquility, unity among Nigerians and wisdom to steer the wheel of the nation’s governance for the new administration coming in a few days.
“May you continue to be victorious as you confront the challenges ahead with your characteristic courage and abiding faith in the Almighty Allah Who heard your inner prayers when you said, ‘Ẹ lọ fọkàn balẹ̀’!.”