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Boldly speak the truth to those in power, MSSN charges new Lagos Chief Imam

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit has congratulated the new Chief Imam of Lagos, Alhaji Sulaimon Oluwatoyin Abu, over his emergence.

Amir (President) of the MSSN Lagos, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, in a congratulatory message on Friday urged the new Chief Imam to ensure the protection of the rights of Muslims in Lagos State.

Ashafa, who said Muslim students in Lagos State have confidence in the new Chief Imam, assured Oluwatoyin of the students’ support. Ashafa said, “We accept the choice of Alhaji Oluwatoyin as the new Chief Imam.

Our prayer is that he will surpass his predecessor’s success.

However, we urge him to continuously  protect the interest of Muslims in the state at all times.

Our hope is that his emergence will end the era of oppression of Muslims in Lagos State and South West.He should be courageous and bold to speak the truth to those in power.

We pray that his emergence will improve the unity among Muslims in the State “We plead with other Muslims in the state to cooperate with the new Chief Imam and join his train of positive changes.

We pray that the emergence of the new Chief Imam will be a blessing to the Muslim Ummah.

We also beseech Allah to guide and grant the new Chief Imam the zeal, long life and all that is needed to be successful in his position.”

The new Chief Imam was turbaned on Friday afternoon shortly before the Juma’at prayer. He emerged as the 10th Chief Imam of Lagos after a rigorous selection process and replaced Alhaji Garuba Akinola Ibrahim, who died on September 24.He was turbaned by the mosque’s Head of Missioners, Sheikh Tijani Gbajabiamila and another Imam, Mujitaba Giwa.

He is a practising Electrical Engineer and well learned in matters of Islam and a graduate of the Daru-Da’wa wal Irshad, Arabic and Islamic College, Isolo, Lagos, Nigeria.

Dr. Seheed Ashafa

Amir

Muslim Students Society of Nigeria

Lagos State Area Unit

7,000 Muslim students receive Leadership training in Lagos

About 7,000 pupils drawn from primary and secondary schools across Lagos State have been trained on morality, entrepreneurship and leadership at a five-day camping programme held in Lagos.

The programme, organised by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, witnessed some professionals mentoring the pupils’ on ways to combat societal challenges.

President of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, said that apart from the 7,000 pupils that were trained during the first phase of the camping programme, about 3,000 undergraduates from various tertiary institutions would undergo training in the second phase of the camp.

He said this at the formal opening of the 104th Islamic Vacation Course camp organised by the MSSN in Lagos.

He said, “It gives us delight that we have been able to touch the lives of about 7,000 youths with this camping programme. The delegates have undergone training on leadership, morality and even entrepreneurship. We are delighted with their level of understanding and cooperation.

“Our hope is that as the delegates go out of the camping programme, they will effect a change in any society that they find themselves.”

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, urged the organisers of the programme not to derail from its objectives.

The deputy governor, who was represented by a director in the Civil Service Office of Lagos State, AbdurRazak Ekemode, also urged pupils in the state to imbibe the spirit of peaceful co-existence.

She said, “IVC serves as an avenue to orientate Muslim students towards the right mindset of nation building, entrench moral brightness, entrepreneurship, brotherhood and to revive spiritually of students across all cadres.

“Our state has the enviable record of being a place where adherents of all faiths coexist peacefully without any rancor. Our government will continue to promote this through policies and programs that will make life better and brighter for all our citizens.”

We don’t want religious rancor, Lagos Deputy Governor, Commissioner beg

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 The Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Idiat Adebule, has urged religious leaders in the state to shun activities that may result to religious crisis among faithful of different religions.

She said this at the formal opening of the 104th Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) organised by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit at the Human Capital Development Centre, Epe between December 23, 2017 and January 1, 2018.

The Deputy Governor, whose speech was delivered Director, Civil Service Office of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, AbdurRazak Ekemode, said religious leaders should use every opportunity they have to promote peace in the state.

While commending the organisers of the camping programme, she urged the about 4000 delegates on the camp site to imbibe the spirit of peaceful co-existence.

She said, “IVC which serves as an avenue to orientate Muslim students towards the right mindset of the nation building, entrench moral brightness, entrepreneurship, brotherhood and to revive spiritually of students across all cadres.

“Islam is a religion of peace and we must continue to tell ourselves the basic truths that will help us to do things that are right before God and man.

“Our state has the enviable record of being a place where adherent of all faiths coexist peacefully without any rancor. Our government will continue to promote this through policies and programs that will make life better and brighter for all our citizens.”

The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. AbdulLateef AbdulHakeem, also urged youths in the state to shun immoral acts and religious crisis.

He advised the youths to ensure that they are exposed to the right religious orientation.

Speaking earlier, the Amir (President) of the MSSN Lagos, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, faulted leaders of the country.

He said that they were not running the affairs of the country in ways and manners that would make it grow at a desirable rate.

He explained that the theme of the camping activities – In the shade of the Qur’an - was chosen to reflect the need for Nigeria’s system of governance to follow what Allah prescribed.

 

He said, “This nation will die because of the way those at the helms of affairs are running it. It is under a shade that cannot guarantee success, a shade that makes it vulnerable to attack. We cannot sustain this nation with the excessive insincerity, gross deceit, inestimable greed and lack of transparency and accountability among the ruling class.

“If both the leaders and followers do not submit ourselves to the Shade of the Qu’ran, we will continue to run from one problem to the other. Corruption will continue to take new dimensions; just as it has moved from being covered with an umbrella to being swept under the carpet.

“Our problems will not leave us without a concerted effort to be guided by the Book of Allah, where all humans are treated equally. No hijab victimisation, no religious sentiment, no gender bias and no tribal discrimination.

For Nigeria to develop, our system of governance must follow that prescribed by Allah. We can neither stop suffering from the effects of recession nor vulnerable economy, and our policies will not beget favourable outcomes if we do not stop operating an economy that survives on interest – Ribaa.

Stop being petitioners, Lagos Commissioner urges Muslim students

Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, has expressed worry over what he described as the non-exposure of pupils to governance.

AbdulLateef argued that schools did not find it necessary to bring their pupils to the Lagos State House of Assembly to observe the processes of making laws.

While receiving a delegation of the Muslim Students Society who had paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday, he said that exposing the pupils to governance at early stage would help in grooming future leaders for the country.

He said, “We seem not to understand the importance of allowing pupils to participate at the plenary session of the House of Assembly. Pupils were meant to be attending the plenary sessions as observers to learn about the bills and laws that are being passed and general development about the governance of the state.

“One of the reasons for recording apathy among the students during elections is because of their non-exposure to governance when they were younger.”

Saheed Ashafa, who led the delegation of the students to the commissioner, urged the LASG to increase its funding of primary and secondary education in the state.

Ashafa, who is the President of Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria in Lagos State, said, “We call on the LASG to increase the capacities of schools in the state in order to help more children to have access to quality education in conducive school facilities.

“Government should also synergise with all the stakeholders of public and private schools and provide adequate funding and facilities as at when due.”

MSSN CONDEMNS KILLING OF ITS FORMER NATIONAL PRESIDENT

The National Secretariat of the Muslim students' Society of Nigeria has petitioned the National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo  Dasuki (rtd.), demanding an immediate probe into the murder of its former President, Prof. Ahmad Mustapha. 

Prof. Mustapha was gruesomely murdered by men of the Nigerian Police Force on Sunday, 15th February 2015 in Kibiya local government area of Kano state while on his way to Bauchi state with his brother and official driver.

The trio was accused of being suspected members of the dreaded Boko Haram group.

The petition signed by the President, Mallam Sirajudeen Abdulazeez Folayemi demanded that an independent panel should be set up to investigate the cause of the murder of the late professor of Agriculture at the institute of Agricultural Research, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna state.

 

It also demanded the prosecution of all those found culpable in the murder of the varsity don.

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