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South West Muslims Warn Obasanjo, Babangida, Danjuma, Others Against Setting Nigeria On Fire

South West Muslims Warn Obasanjo, Babangida, Danjuma, Others Against Setting Nigeria On Fire

Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida

A stern warning has been given to some elder statesmen who are critical of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

Muslims in South Western part of Nigeria under the auspices of Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), on Sunday sent a strong warning to former President, Olusegun Obasanjo; former Military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida, General T.Y. Danjuma, religious leaders and other elder statesmen to watch their actions and statements which are capable of “setting the country on fire.”

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MUSWEN in a press statement signed by its Executive Secretary and CEO, Professor Dawud O. S. Noibi; President-General, League of Imams & Alfas, South West, Edo & Delta States, Shaykh Jamiu Kewulere Bello; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Prince Judge Abdul Jabbaar Bola Ajibola, (SAN) and President, MUSWEN & Deputy President-General (South), (NSCIA) Alhaji (Dr) Sakariyau O. Babalola (OON), a copy which was sent to DAILY POST, said it was “worried by the undue politicisation of many issues by certain religious, ethnic and political leaders.”

The group while appealing to the trio of Obasanjo, Babangida, Danjuma and others to thread with caution, warned them “not to throw the country into further confusion.”

MUSWEN said, “Against the background of recent political developments, we use this opportunity to call on past political leaders especially Generals Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida and Theophilus Danjuma to thread with caution as elder statesmen and not throw the nation into further confusion.”

The group while declaring that it was disturbed that Boko Haram group has continued to hold Leah Sharibu hostage for refusing to convert to Islam, remarked that, “We want to reiterate the fact that Islam forbids forceful conversion of non-Muslims to Islam and enjoins respect for People of the Book – Jews and Christians.

Indeed, Allah explicitly directs Muslims to provide refuge to even idol-worshippers who seek shelter in our abodes and grant them protection to safety! As Allah says: “If anyone among the pagans asks you for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure. That is because they are a people who know not.” Qur’an 9:6”.

MUSWEN, however, said it was surprised that some christian leaders and elders have allegedly politicised the matter.

The group said, “Against this background, we condemn the action of some Christian leaders and elders who have politicised this sad development which has nothing to do with Islam. We declare for the umpteenth time that the Boko Haram group does not represent Islam and the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria.

“We, therefore, call on members of the Boko Haram group to release the girl forthwith without any further delay. It is unimaginable how far the group could go in its acts of mindless disservice to Islam and Muslims. Islam stands for humanity, not against it.”

MUSWEN while calling on Nigerians to bear in mind the need for them to continue to live together in peace and harmony, however warned politicians that “Contest for political positions should not be a do-or-die affair. It should rather be a contest of ideas about building a better future for Nigeria and Nigerians.

“Our politicians must conduct themselves in a decent manner and not turn Nigeria into a battle zone. They must remember that only Allah can grant power and authority to whoever He wills.

As such, we call on all politicians and the electorate to eschew violence in whatever form. The nation can only make progress in an atmosphere of peace.”

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