Sultan advocates for more unity among Nigerian Muslims.

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar the third, has called on Muslims across the country to  unite and live peacefully for sustainable economic development and growth of the country.

He also stressed the need for them to study and understand the length and breadth of the nation to show the beauty of Islam.

Saad Abubakar made the call on Friday while declaring open the National conference of Dawah Co-ordination Council of Nigeria, held in Ilorin, Kwara State capital.

The Sultan of Sokoto described Islam as a religion of peace and encouraged Muslims to live peacefully together, especially among non-Muslims.

He asked them to follow the teachings of Prophet Mohammed and reflect it in their conduct.
Saad Abubakar, therefore called on Nigerians to pray fervently for the President Muhammad Buhari led administration especially at this critical period that the economy of the nation is in recession.

The Sultan also cautioned against injustice and charged Muslims not to take laws into their hands.
The Sultan said Muslims are not forcing any one to use the Hijab, saying the only condition he would advocate action by Muslims against anyone or nation is if such individual or nations attempts to stop adherents from practicing their faith.
His words: “We are not forcing anybody to use hijab but whoever wants to use hijab must be allowed to use hijab. You are not doing a favour to us by allowing the Constitution or maintaining the constitution of this country but I think it is important to commend the tenacity and process of the MSS because that shows that we Muslims are very patient, and we are very law abiding. We await outcomes of cases in court and whatever.”
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Dignitaries at the event
Speaking at the programme, the Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, called on Muslims to exhibit the tenets of love, kindness and peaceful conduct; emphasizing the need to shun radical interpretations of the Quran and Sunnah.

 The Governor who was represented by the state Commissioner for Energy, Idris Abubakar stressed the need for Muslims to be good ambassadors of Islam in their conduct, willingness to share correct knowledge and kindness to their neighbours.

Governor Ahmed commended the Dawah Council of Nigeria for its efforts to spread the tenets of Islam amid growing misinformation and often inaccurate reportage of Islam in the media. 

In his keynote address the Executive chairman of Muslim Public Affairs Centre, Disu Kamor noted that Islamic cultural identity was under crisis in this age of globalization.
Kamor said that the powerful and effective tools of Da’wah can be used to promote the moral and social benefit of revealed and rational knowledge.
         
VON correspondent reports that the programme was attended by traditional rulers, including the Chairman of the Kwara State traditional Council and the Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu Gambari, the Emir of Kaiama.

 Others are Pioneer Grand Khadi Shariah Court of Appeal, Retired Justice Abdulkadri Orire, Justice Idris Haroon, and the Chief Imam of Ilorin Sheikh Mohammed Bashir among others.