Minister commends Ahmadiyya youths across Africa

Qasim Akinreti, Lagos

The  Nigerian Minster of youth and Sports, Solomon Lalung has commended the activities of  Ahmadi Youths across Africa and the United Kingdom for exemplary conduct and spirit of brotherhood exhibited at the opening of the Ahmadi Youth  All African Games,  AYAAG, which  begun in Otunba Dipo Dina International Stadium Ijebu-Ode, South-West Nigeria.

The ten day event was part of 100 years celebrations of the Ahmadiyya  Muslim Jama’at Nigeria.

Youth and Sports Minister represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry said the unique organisational ability of the Ahmadi youths and community development efforts over the years are good testimony to the selfless services of the Islamic organization.

He stated that the participation of youths from eight African countries and the United Kingdom has demonstrated the cordial relationships among youths within the Islamic organisation.

According to him, “other youths from various religious and social cultural groups should emulate the Ahmadiyya youths in the strides for spiritual, moral ,political and mental development, as demonstrated over the years.” 

Change Agents

In his opening remarks, the Amir Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria, Dr Mashud  Fashola  urged Nigerians to contribute effectively to the empowerment of youths socially, economically and politically.

He said “youth as agent of change should be encouraged to take leadership positions, where thier relents can be effectively utilised for the sociology economic development of any nation.”

The Ogun state Commissioner for Youths and Sports equally commended Ahmadiyya youths across the continent and express the support of the government to the realisation of the goals of the sports festival .

AYAAG philosophy

Sadr, head , Majlis Khudamul Ahmadiyya Nigeria,(ahmadiyya youths association)  Abdul Rafii Abdul Qadr said the Ahmadi Youth All African Games (AYAAG) is a project organised in the spirit of celebrating a centenary of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Nigeria.

He further said, AYAAG is a continental sports tournament that aimed at promoting the spirit of sportsmanship among participants, identifying and developing new talents.  It is also meant to inspire young people as change agent by advocating for new policy directions in the areas of youth empowerment and engagement.

AYAAG is equally set up to network Ahmadi youths in Africa through collaboration in solving religious,  socio-economic and political challenges in the continent.

Goodwill messages were read by the representatives of the Nigerian Minister of Youth and Sport,  Dr Dapo Bamigboye,  Ogun State Commissioner for Youth. Honourable Maruf Afolabi Afuwape and the leadership of Auxilliary bodies in Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Nigeria.

There were demonstrations of Taekwondo to the admiration of the people and inspection of guard of honour.

Peace trek 

At the early hour, the youth walked through major streets of Ijebu-Ode  singing the praises of Allah. The walk was aimed at sensitising the populace on the importance of peace and stability in the society.

Sport preliminaries 

The first game of the AYAAG 2016 competition, football commenced between United Kingdom and Grant in the morning. Both teams were impressive. At the end of 90 minutes the Ghanaian team won the match by four goals to zero (4-0). koffi Musa Armithur scored the first goal. Ghanaian delegates at AYAAG were delighted at the outcome of the match.

Nigeria defeated Cameroon by 7 goals to nil, in the second football match. Equatorial Guinea and Ghana plays on Monday. Preliminaries of Taekwondo, Volleyball, table tennis and scrabble were also dilated for Monday .

Participants from Ghana, Cameroon, Benin Republic, Burkina Faso, Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Tanzania, Niger Republic ,host country Nigeria and the United Kingdom have converged on Ijebu ode for the sports fiesta between 19th and 29th  March.

Media collaboration

The  proceedings of the games will also be  broadcast on the muslim television ahmadiyya,MTA International satellite channel and streamed live on www.mta.tv. Both local and international journalists will covered the events.

Centenary Programmes

While unveiling the various projects of MKAN to celebrate the 100 years of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Nigeria, the Sadr (National President) of MKAN, Abdul-Qadir Abdul-Rafi, stated that, “We have quite a number of projects earmarked for the centenary celebration of our parent body. These projects include: tree planting at over 2000 locations across the country; free medical check-up and surgical operations; blood donations; launching of a documentary on “Stop The Crime” campaign; organisation of first African Conference of Majlis Sultanul Qalam and Inter-Religous Peace Conference among other side events.”

Track records 

Recently, MKAN organised a well befitting Inter-Religious Peace Conference in Port Harcourt city, Rivers State, and also launched Stop the Crime campaign. The two events were well attended by the leaders and youths of different religious bodies and secondary school students. Likewise, the organisation has also flagged off its national tree planting campaign project and the step down of the project are already on going in most of the states across the country.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community exists in over 180 countries around the world. This global Muslim organisation was established in Nigeria in the year 1916. In its 100 years of existence, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Nigeria has earned numerous reputations as the first muslim organization in Nigeria to establish primary schools, secondary schools, hospitals, Newspaper, missionary training school, annual national conferences, among others.

Mass Transit

As part of its public enlightenment on the peaceful propagation of Islam by the ahmadiyya muslim jamaat in Nigeria, the Islamic organisation has branded the mass transit buses in major cities of the country to showcase its successes in the last 100 years.

The mass transit buses in Ibadan , Lagos Abuja and Port Harcourt will be up and running for few months as an exhibition of best international practices for outdoor publicity for an Islamic organisation of ahmadiyya repute.

Visual Exhibitions

Local chapters of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at across Canada, including the Baitur Rahman Mosque River Rd. in Delta, will be hosting events and visual exhibitions for religious groups in Canada.

This exhibition is coming against the backdrop of misconceptions about Islam and it is meant for Canadians to visit the Ahmadiyya mosque to experience the true and peaceful teachings of Islam.

“This campaign provides an excellent opportunity for Canadians to meet their Muslim neighbours, friends and fellow citizens, and learn how Muslims truly live and practice their religion,” said Lal Khan Malik, national president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at Canada.

 

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