Nigerians must shun inflammatory utterances – cleric

Nigerians must desist from making divisive utterances and shun actions that could lead to break down of law and order in the country.

Imam Ariremako

Imam Ariremako

A notable Muslim cleric, Imam Abdul-Hafeez Abdul-Azeez Ariremako made this call during the Eid-ul-Fitr sermon at Ologun-eru, Ibadan on Monday.

“There could be no growth, development, progress and peace in an atmosphere of disunity and disharmony.

“We must all realise that the rich tribal diversity in Nigeria is a deliberate design by Almighty Allah for complementary advantages which must be optimally explored,” he said.

While decrying the recent May 30 sit-at-home order declared by the advocates of Biafra, the Chief Imam of The Muslim Congress (TMC), Oyo State stressed that ‘Nigeria belongs to all of us – Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba – and it will remain one forever’..

He insisted that all attempts to ‘split, divide or shred’ the country should be eschewed as such is definitely neither in the interest of the nation nor in line with the dream of lits founding fathers.

The renowned Islamic scholar, while commending the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration on the war against terrorism and corruption, advised the government to always consider the opinions of its critics because it is only through criticisms that policies could be perfected.

Commenting on the Saudi-Qatar diplomatic row, Imam Ariremako described the situation as unfortunate and recommended the concept of the universal Islamic brotherhood as the only antidote to the crises in the Muslim world.

He maintained that the power and unconquerable strength of the Muslims rest in their unity and togetherness.

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Ariremako said Muslims would only attain their divinely ordained position in the comity of nations if they took contemporary education and relevant skills acquisition seriously like their predecessors in the prophetic and early generations.

By Kamarudeen Salawu, Ibadan

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