The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar and the Oluwo of Iwoland, Oba Adul Rasheed Adewale Akanbi, have both cautioned Muslim clerics to avoid preaching that could ignite violence.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Central Mosque of Wings Schools in Iwo, the traditional rulers appealed to all Muslims in the country to live with adherents of other faiths with love.
The Sultan who is also the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs said it was only in love that progress could be sustained in any country.
He said life could be better in the society if all Muslims close ranks and unite for development.
“A good practising Muslim should not pretend to be one but work religiously to uphold its doctrinal principle which is love,” he said.
The Sultan charged Muslims to eschew acrimony and mistrust.
While speaking, Oluwo charged Muslims to always centre their preaching on love.
Oba Akanbi said espousing of glittering aspect of Shari’ah on Social-economic relations and good governance through preaching rather than focussing only on punishments has caused a lot of setbacks and acrimony between Muslims and adherents of other faiths.
He said it is only the message of love that could promote peace among the citizenry, stressing that preaching tolerance, endurance, peace, and harmony, mutual understanding; sacrifice among other things would promote love among the people.
He added that if love reigns supreme in the Islamic circle, remarkable progress would be recorded and thereby appealed to Muslims to always embrace love in their various dealings.
Also speaking, the National Commissioner of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the South-West, Professor Lai Olurode, called for better understanding and promotion of knowledge and dialogue in addressing issues of national interest.
“We need to understand and appreciate the values of others in order to concede to them a measure of respect as humans.”
He also urged Nigerians to be practically committed to the promotion of cultural literacy, particularly its religious component, maintaining that understanding of other people’s culture and respect for their diversities are key to collective and national developments.