9 December 2012

Nigeria: Tambuwal - Islam Facing Great Challenges

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has said the religion of Islam is facing great challenges occasioned by lack of clear understanding of its tenets by a seeming vocal minority in its fold.

According to him, religious leaders and traditional rulers must double their efforts to bring the real Islam into mainstream consciousness in order to clear misgivings about the activities of some of its youths.

Speaking during the national prayer session organised by the Tijjaniyya Brotherhood at the Emir's Palace in Kano at the weekend, Tambuwal said despite the security and other negative challenges confronting the nation, the hope of a bright future has not been lost.

He said various problems are today confronting Muslim youths in Nigeria but counseled them not to deviate from the teachings of their religion at all times.

The Speaker said Islam, like other religions, encourages peaceful co-existence among all peoples, stressing that as such, any effort to undermine the peaceful atmosphere should be resisted by all and sundry.

While commending the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero, for organising the annual national prayer session, Tambuwal urged religious leaders to intensify prayers for the nation and its leaders.

He assured that as elected representatives, lawmakers, especially those in the lower chamber of the National Assembly, would always put the interest of the people first in all their endeavours.

Copyright © 2012 This Day. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.