Igboho: Put Nigeria first, don’t stir ethnic feud, Muslim cleric urges

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The national president of Nawairudeen Society of Nigeria, Alh. Rasheed Yusuff has called Nigerians, particularly the ethnic jingoistic, embrace and avoid act capable of triggering among the nation’ ethnic nationalities.

Yusuff urged Nigerians put the country first before whatever section, ethnic, or religious interest they represent, saying it is too in the day for anybody still place ethnic or sectional consideration above national interest.

He gave the advice while speaking with The Nation shortly after their National seminar capacity building at the NUD National Headquarters, Abeokuta,

He noted that Nigerians despite their diversities, Nigerians have intermingled so much and necessitating that everybody works for the continued unity and of the country, even as he appealed or group whipping up ethnic and sectional sentiments “cool their temper.”

He also called the to always put all Nigerians at heart in whatever it does for the country.

“Everybody should cool his temper and put Nigeria first before whatever ethnic or section he represents. Nigeria is too diverse and too intermingled to think in terms of ethnicity or religion or section. It is too in the day for to be thinking of ethnicity or sectionalism for Nigerians,” he said.

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The event was attended by the zonal and branch of IMAMS from across the country.

Addressing the participants, Yusuff said the seminar sought to strengthen the 50 branches of the society in Nigeria as well as imbue their leaders – Imams, with determination to change things for the better.

Also, the Director, National Centre of the society, Alh. Abduwaasihi Aiyepola said the seminal carefully crafted and painted a correct picture of what the spiritual and national of the society was promoting, that is enhancing the capacity of religious leaders for a vibrant ummah/society.

Fielding questions from newsmen, a Chief Imam and resource person for the seminar, AbdulRazak AbdulAzeez, said religious disharmony in Nigeria or elsewhere is not the making of God but an act of man.

“Believe you me; disharmony among religious groups is not for God. It is politics. Going through Koran and the bible, you discover that the basic thing is the same. Islam says that Allah is one; Jesus thought his adherents that the first of his commandments is that the Lord your God is one.

“The one is, your brother as you yourself. The Prophet of Islam said that you are never a believer until you your fellow human being as you love yourself. Where is the difference?

“…Muhammad and Jesus Christ were brothers. Muslims believe that Jesus Christ is a prophet of God. Any Muslim that does not recognize Jesus Christ does not have complete faith as a believer. So, are because of their personal gains.”

The Nation