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page 8 add FG tasks Muslims on respect for authority By Abbas Jimoh The Federal Government has urged Muslims across the country to respect constituted…

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FG tasks Muslims on respect for authority

By Abbas Jimoh

The Federal Government has urged Muslims across the country to respect constituted authorities in order to promote national security, stability and societal cohesion.

This is as the duo of the Chief of Army Staff Major-General Tukur Yusuf Buratai and Chief of Naval Staff Vice Admiral Ibok Ekwe Ibas assured Nigerians of security and respect for human rights.

Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed gave the advice yesterday at the Abuja National Mosque during a two-day conference on “Promoting National Stability Through Constructive Social Relations with Constituted Authority” organized by the Zaymar Islamic Research and Development Education Centre.

The minister said Muslims no matter the sect they belong to must accord constituted authority in the country the requisite recognition and loyalty it deserves as Islam is synonymous with peace and loyalty to constituted authority.

“The Holy Qur’an and the Prophet Muhammad harp on the need for believers to obey, remain loyal and to recognize and acknowledge the authority of those who preside over their affairs, particularly their Muslim leaders. We should treat them with utmost respect and desist from being confrontational to them,” Mohammed said.

He warned that a deviation from this advice is tantamount to ungratefulness and that such will only spell further doom over and above what the country is currently experiencing.

Ibas represented by Rear Admiral Abdullateef Akintola and Buratai represented by the Army Director of Religious Affairs Col. Shehu Garba Mustafa said that the citizens’ resolve to work with the constituted authorities is key to resolving the nation’s multi-faceted challenges.

Niger State Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello represented by his Special Adviser on Religious Affairs, Alhaji Tanko Baba Ahmed, said that the theme of the conference is apt considering current happenings in the country.

He decried a situation where the youth who are the future of the country have been neglected by both the government and the society, adding: “We have it as a duty to individually and collectively cater for the youth because they are the future generation.”

National Coordinator of Zaymar Hajiya Shifa Garba said the conference was among others meant to bridge the gap and cement existing relationship between the citizens and the leaders across the country.

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