Prominent Muslim body opposes Sultan, Kano emirship scenarios

By Babajide Adekunle

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has urged governments and political leaders to show respect to traditional institutions and their leaders.

Prof. Is-haq Oloyede. Secretary-General of the body, stated this in a communiqué he issued after the NSCIA’s 9th Expanded General Purpose Committee meeting, held in Abuja.

NSCIA’s admonition follows the decision of the Sokoto State Government to strip the Sultan Abukakar Saad of Sokoto of some of his powers. The development had elicited a public outcry, with vice president Kashim Shettima echoing similar concern at a recent event. Apart from Sultanate, the emirship of Kano has recently being embroiled in a crisis, following the abrupt replacement of emir Aminu Bayero with Sanusi Lamido Sanusi.

The NSCIA said it is making its call “in order to ensure the protection of our cultural and religious heritage for sustainable peace and national development.”

“The Muslim ummah in Nigeria, long before independence, unanimously resolved to entrust its leadership to an established Islamic institution that Muslims all over the country believe would always command the desired respect and attract the highest regards of all and sundry.

“It, therefore, behooves the custodians of such institution to also reciprocate by acting in a manner that shows, both in words and deed, respect for Islam, its institution and the feelings of the generality of the ummah. Any iota of disrespect to the institution is a direct affront on the faith and its adherents.”

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