New Muslim converts consisting of 17 Igbos, one Yoruba and a Northern Hausa Christian were yesterday in Abuja charged to uphold the tenets of Islam in order not the lose the essence of their conversion.
The Chief Imam of Abuja National Mosque, Sheik Musa Muhammed gave the charge while administering the Oath of Sha'adah on the converts and pronouncing their newly adopted Muslim names during the weekly Jumat Khutbah (Sermon).
All the converts were unanimous in affirming to the beauty of Islam as well as the virtues seen in Muslims. They told the Imam that they were attracted by such qualities to Islam.
The new converts also commended the Chairman of the Council of Village Heads in Imo State, Chief Musa (Sylvester) O. Dimunah, who accepted Islam in January this year. They also commended a former secretary of the council and the executive secretary of Justice Mamman Nasir's Islamic Centre for Peace and Research, Alhaji Ibrahim Biobo Nlomije, who they said facilitated their conversion.
Alhaji Nlomije said the acceptance of Islam by the newly converts was an attestation that Islam is not a sectional religion. He said such conversion attests to the achievement of the Justice Nasir's Centre, which among others, deepens religious tolerance and opens more opportunities for non-Muslims to embrace Islam.
He also commended the Bauchi, Imo, Abia and Sokoto state governments for their assistance to the centre.
The new converts from Imo State are Chief Suleiman Nwachukwu (Udobundu 1 of Ifakala Mbaitoli), Ibrahim Uchenna Ukah, Muhammad Sani Stanley Uziogwe, Bello Kelvin Nmadu, Habibullah Kosoro Ofolete, Jamilu Osita Agocha, Haruna Chichebem Nwabirika, Abdulazeez Paschal Iroegbulam, Suleiman Ifeanyi Uzoma, Adam Nduka Nweko, Dawuda Nnaemeka Uzoma, Aliyu Prince Onyekwume and Musa (Anayo) Adugbaa.
Others are Abdulmalik Bongo Edet (Cross River), Hassan Babalola Shegun (Ondo), Nasir Peter Ndubisi (Anambra) and Bashir Prince Dulla (Akwa Ibom).
It will be recalled that Chief Hassan Ikenna Kelechi Amah and Mr Ahmed Aka Onyero from Owerri, Imo state were last August convert to Islam.