18 June 2002

Nigeria: 2003: Na'abba Mobilises Muslims

Kano — Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na'Abba, has urged Islamic scholars in the country to actively participate in the politics of the nation.

Na'Abba who spoke at a Maulud (Prophet birthday celebration) organised by followers of Sufi order in Kano, noted that some of the scholars, especially from the northern part of the country tend to stay away from taking put in the politics.

According to the speaker, who made a lengthy speech with a lot of quotations from the holy Quran, the participation of the Ulamas (scholars) will not only help in awakening the people but will also assist in bringing sanitary in the nations politics.

"Let me seize this opportunity to call on my parents Ulamas that they should wake up from slumber and actively participate in politics.

"It is now imperative for annoyance to contribute his quota by way of active participation in the politics of the nation.

"there is no way one can develop and protect his society, if he remains an on-looker in the nation politics," the speaker explained.

In his address, the deputy governor of Kano state Dr. Abdullahi Umar Gandije, disclosed that the state governor will soon enact a legislation to back Hisbah group (sharia enforcing body).

He said the legislation when promulgated would address the lingering problems faced by the men of Hisbah, while carrying out their duties.

Speaking further, Gandiye who defended the adoption of the Islamic legal code in some northern states, took a swipe at "those who are hell bent as substaging the law."

He specifically, expressed dismay with the way the "southern press" back been dismissing the baco as violations of fundamental human rights.

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