By Habibu Harisu
Sokoto – Prof. Abubakar Yagawal, a don, on Saturday in Sokoto urged scholars and religious bodies to promote religious tolerance and always pray for peace and stability in Nigeria.
Yagawal, a lecturer at the Usumanu Danfodio University Sokoto made the call at the annual zikr (Remembrance of Allah) and collective prayer for peace in the country.
The event was organized by adherents of the Dariqa Tijjaniyya sect to commemorate the new Islamic year 1439.
The don underscored the importance of abiding by Allah’s divine injunctions, brotherliness and peaceful coexistence among people.
He said that Allah created all beings – human and non-human – for a purpose.
The lecturer called on the country’s leaders to live up to the expectations of Nigerians and improve their living standards.
Similarly, he enjoined the people to respect their leaders and pray for God to guide them in the task of providing the right leadership for the country.
According to him, castigation and condemnation of leaders can only bring about negative consequences.
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to shun acts capable of being interpreted as hatred and extreme dislike for one another.
Yagawal, who is also the national leader of the Tijjaniya Sufi scholars committee, applauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts at ensuring peace and unity in the country.
Also speaking, Dr Aminu Sufi, said the annual gathering was to appreciate what Allah has been doing for humanity and to bring people closer together in unity and love.
Sufi called on Nigerians to be their brother’s keeper and to help all those in need.
He urged Nigerians not to take the law into their hands in the name of vengeance, saying that killing “attracts Allah’s wrath”.
In his remarks, the state’s Commissioner for Religious Affairs, Alhaji Mani Maishinko, praised the sect for promoting peaceful existence among the people.
He assured them of government’s continued support.
Maishinko, represented by Liman Maigero, said government would soon embark on the construction of worship centres to facilitates more moral training grounds. (NAN)