Prominent Muslims in Nigeria have called on the incoming administration to be fair and equitable to all, regardless of religious and ethnic affiliation.
The calls were made during the 2023 presidential inauguration Public lecture and Jummat prayer.
His Eminence, Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, CFR, mni, Sultan of Sokoto and Chairman, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs tasked the incoming government to live up to its mantra of fostering unity among Nigerians.
“We can be united but not uniform, we are distinct people as yoruba, hausa, beriberi …but we can live together, we should work together to contribute to the development of the country.”
-His Eminence Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar CFR mni, the Sultan of Sokoto pic.twitter.com/Rs3lSFQ1Ou
— Voice of Nigeria (@voiceofnigeria) May 26, 2023
The Sultan said he aligned himself with the belief of the president-elect, Bola Ahmed Tinubu when he said Nigerians are better together.
“We can be united but not uniform. We have our identities and we should retain them as Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba, beriberi but we should work together and contribute to the development of the country,” he said.
Delivering the key lecture titled: “Unity in Diversity: Evolving a Better Nigeria,” The chief of Imam of the National mosque, Professor Bashir Galadanci focused on the common origin of humanity while emphasising the need for unity of purpose.
Quoting from the Quran, he said Allah “made you peoples and tribes that you may no one another..” to illustrate that being different should not be a basis for discrimination.
Prof Galadanci called on the government to lead by example, give Nigerians more security; address multidimensional poverty of Nigerians, invest more in quality education by funding of education from 2% of the GDP to 10% of the GDP and fight corruption.
He called on Nigerians to support the government at all times for the development of the nation.
The event was attended by the Vice-president elect, the diplomatic Community, Islamic association and high ranking and top government officials.