A group of Islamic scholars in Zamfara State have declared they can no longer desert their homes in fear of bandit terrorists constantly attacking the state.
Naija News reports that the Muslim clerics stated this during an interview with newsmen in Gusau, the state capital shortly after their combined prayer in a Mosque on Thursday.
While urging Muslims and their Christian counterparts to always imbibe the culture of togetherness and religious tolerance in all their legal endeavours, the scholars solicited special and frequent prayers for divine intervention, saying only Almighty Allah can bring sustainable peace and stability to Zamfara State and Nigeria as a whole.
The State Commissioner, Religious Affairs, Dr Muhammad Tukur Sani Jangebe who reportedly spearhead the group described 2021 as a year full of tragedies that had come to suck innocent blood.
Jangebe stressed that Nigerians need total repentance and prayer of protection from witnessing such calamities again.
“We can not continue to be running away from our legal homes because of bandits who have sold their consciousness to Satan,” Daily Post quoted the commissioner as saying.
The commissioner also urged the Muslim ummah to surrender and submit themselves to the will of God and the teachings of Prophet Muhammad to avoid further serious calamities.
In his remark, the emir of Gusau, Ibrahim Bello who spoke through one of his aides, the Chiroma Gusau, Mainasara Bello called on both Muslims and Christians to always imbibe the culture of togetherness and religious tolerance in all their legal endeavours.
“The truth remains that both Muslims and Christians in Nigeria cannot live without each other. We depend on each other” he said.
Another religious leader, Sheikh Umar Kanoma who contributed to the discussion also called for prayers to end banditry activities and other forms of criminalities across the country, Naija News reports.
He also urged Muslims to always fear Allah in their day to day activities, redouble their Ibadat and always ask for forgiveness from the Almighty Allah.
Another contributor was the chairperson Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN) women wing Zamfara State, Lami Mangze who advocated religious tolerance for peace and harmony to reign, saying that living in peace with everyone and forgiving each other would assist in creating peace and harmony.
The Bishop, Christ Cathedral, Anglican communion Church, John Danbita also called on all Christians to shun any negativity for peace and stability in Zamfara State and the nation at large.
“Going to Church alone does not make anybody a Christian but living a Christ-like life, emulate the examples of the founder of Christianity” he added.
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