The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, yesterday congratulated the president-elect, Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
The council, in a congratulatory message by its Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Salisu Shehu, said it was grateful to Allah for Tinubu’s victory which it said was not surprising as the council had followed, with keen interest, his trajectory in the Nigerian political landscape.
It urged Tinubu, to upon his assumption of office, put in place policies and measures that would lead to the large-scale transformation of the country’s economy, security, social infrastructure and human capital development.
The council stated: “We can attest to your track records in public service, your decades of hard work, selflessness, sacrifice, unflagging commitment and dedication to the Nigerian project as well as the excellent interpersonal relationships that you have built across the country over the years.
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“In addition, Your Excellency, you are a very experienced human and financial resources manager, a hunter of talents and an enabler of men and women. You are sui generis among your peers in the encouragement that you constantly give to the Nigerian youths to offer their best in the service of our country.
“Consequently, the council is confident that you would bring to bear your wealth of experience in assembling an all-inclusive team of experts in the administration of our country in a way that would foster unity and peace as well as engender sustainable development that we all crave. Justice is considered as the hallmark of leadership and a non-negotiable requirement of Islam.”
“We would like to remind you that as a Muslim in a position of authority, leadership is trust and a lot will also be expected from and demanded of you by the people of this great country. We, therefore, urge Your Excellency to continue to be good, truthful, honest, fair, transparent, disciplined, prayerful and righteous in the discharge of the duties Allah has entrusted to you because every opportunity is for an appointed term.
“You can always count on the support and prayers of the NSCIA in this respect. We pray that the Almighty Allah bless you abundantly and grant you success so that your tenure shall be a reference point in the annals of leadership in this country.”