Different Muslim organisations across the country have called on the Nigeria’s president-elect, Gen Muhammadu Buhari, to be wary of sycophants who may want to derail him from ensuring that all his electoral promises come into reality in line with Islamic injunctions.
The groups included Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Nigerian Muslim Network (NMN), Jamatul Nasirul Islam (JNI), Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), Federation of Muslim Women Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) and Muslim Community of Oyo State (MUSCOYS).
Others are Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN), Obafemi Awolowo University Muslim Graduates Association (UNIFEMGA), Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) and Muslim Consultative Forum (MCF).
The Muslim bodies, which prayed for the newly-elected president for a successful tenure, also urged him to deliver on his promises.
These were contained in the statements made available, yesterday, by the respective organisations in Abuja.
In its message, NSCIA, the apex Islamic body in Nigeria through its Secretary-General, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, said Nigerians should pray for the president-elect to enable him heal the wounds of the country.
“Your Excellency, as you savour the joy of a well-deserved victory and the whole world celebrates you and the values that have defined your unique personality, let us remind you of what a former vice-chancellor once said when he was being congratulated on his appointment.
“The person said that no one would congratulate a Surgeon who was to perform an operation. He would only be congratulated after a successful surgery. Hence, rather than congratulations, well wishers should pray for him to perform the operation well.
“Similarly, please be reminded of the Qur’an Chapter 28 Verse 76: ‘Exult not; verily God loveth not the exultant.’ As you are set to commence this onerous task before you, we urge you to be careful of those who hail you and reflect on the criticism of your critics. Know that every failure is a test and every success, a trial.
“You have passed the test of past failures and it is the wish of the Almighty Allah to try you with success. For every action, there is a reaction; for every opportunity, there is a responsibility and for every appointment, there is accountability before men and Allah,” NSCIA said.
NMN in its own message signed by its president and Public Relations Officer, Ibrahim Taiwo Abdulkadir and Qahar Wahab Sarumi (PhD.) respectively urged the incoming government to “do everything possible within the laws to deliver on its mandate and promises to the people.”
“There is no doubt that he will find best examples in the ways of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessing be upon him) in conducting the affairs of this nation. It is our belief that the President‐elect has fear of Allah, the wisdom and maturity to lead the country to prosperity. We pray that Allah (SWT) increase him, his Vice President and other team members in wisdom, sound health and good sense of governance to lead Nigeria,” NMN said.
JNI, through its Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Aliyu, congratulated Nigerians for their “doggedness, courage, resilience, maturity, and above all, persistent prayers for a credible and hitch-free Presidential Poll.”
While rejoicing with the new president-elect, the organisation called on him to fear Allah in his stewardship, and be just and fair to all Nigerians regardless of their tribes or religious affinity.
“He should consider his victory as victory for Nigeria and Nigerians,” it added.
It reiterated its call for peace and urged all and sundry to go about their lawful businesses, remain calm and be law-abiding.
“This is a time for sober reflection; humility to Allah the Exalted, gratitude and glorification to Him,” it said.
JNI, however, charged Nigerians against wreckless celebrations and indecorous utterances so that Almighty Allah can accept “our gratitude and glorifications.”
In the same vein, the religious body commended President Goodluck Jonathan for displaying unprecedented leadership at the national level by not only conceding defeat in the presidential poll, but also congratulating Buhari.
The Executive Secretary of MUSWEN, Prof. Dawud Noibi, in his message entitled: “Let the Nation Show Gratitude,” said despite expression of pessimism in some quarters, Allah has granted Nigeria peace during the presidential election.
“The Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) cannot afford to wait any longer before congratulating the entire Nigerian nation on Allah’s quick and full response to our prayers for free, fair, credible and peaceful elections. However, it is the people of Nigeria that are the ultimate victors, by the special grace of Allah. They are the ones that have thus been saved from potential danger the kind of which usually characterised past elections.
“We appeal to the people of this nation to reflect profoundly so that we may see the success of the elections as a mark of Allah’s favour and His merciful response to our prayers,” Noibi admonished.
FOMWAN, in its congratulatory message signed by Alhaja Sururah Oyero, National Public Relations Officer, reminded the president-elect on his promises to provide adequate security, enhanced healthcare delivery and jobs for Nigerians.
The group said that women and children would feel more secured and protected if the new administration of Buhari gives those items priority in his government.
To the Muslim Community of Oyo State, it advised the president-elect to correct all the previous imbalances in the political appointments against Muslims from the South West in the spirit of equity, fairness and balancing.
Its Chairman, Alhaji Ishaq Kunle Sanni, thanked Allah for the new government and urged the president-elect to be wary of sycophants capable of derailing him from his pro-people policies.
Also, MMPN, in its message signed by the chairman, Alhaji Abdurrahman Balogun, reminded Buhari of all his electoral promises to Nigerians and urged him to fulfil them in line with Islamic injunctions.
While cautioning Nigerians not to expect miracles from Buhari–led government, the Muslim Media group advised Nigerians to give the new government necessary support to be able to translate the promises into reality.
In the same vein, Prof. Wahab Egbewole, National President of UNIFEMGA, described Buhari’s victory as “well deserved, a result of resilience and a lesson in determination.”
“The Nigerian people are the heroes of this democratic achievement and I sincerely congratulate them for their display of commitment, doggedness, display of absolute faith in the power of their votes and demonstration of their ability to put paid to reckless use of power.
“I, however, urge the Nigerian people to remain eternally vigilant and put the new regime on its toes to deliver on its promises. The work has just begun and we can get there with our resilience as a people.
“The President has work to do as our country is still bedevilled by greed, corruption, inept leadership and lack of commitment to the common good. It is not enough to lead by example, the president-elect must be ready to call to order the hawks in his camp and truly lead Nigeria out of the woods,” UNIFEMGA remarked.
MSSN, in its felicitation message signed by Alhaji Ibrahim Giwa, National Secretary-General, thanked Allah for granting Buhari His Favour by being elected as the new president in recognition of his consistent, internationally recognised and acclaimed integrity and honesty.
“The society is advising Your Excellency to hit the ground running as to whom much is given, much is expected. Your quick, practical, realistic, honest and sincere actions and steps in all aspects of the Nigerian Society, especially insecurity, corruption and economy are being expected by the citizens. You may need to keep sycophants at bay, and assemble the best, upright, God-fearing and seasoned administrators and technocrats to achieve the best for the Nigerian people,” MSSN stated.
in addition, MURIC, in its message signed by Prof Ishaq Akintola, its Director, said the magnanimous action of President Goodluck Jonathan in conceding defeat has lifted Nigeria to a lofty height in the comity of nations.
“The rest of Africa, in particular and the world in general will now begin to respect Nigeria as a nation with rich democratic values. We doff our hat to President Jonathan for seizing the initiative. He is our man of the moment,” MURIC said.
MURIC urged the judiciary to treat cases that might arise from the election with all urgency as these would encourage Nigerians to eschew jungle justice and to take the court option in future.
“The National Assembly should also enact laws which will spell out punitive measures to be taken against perpetrators of electoral fraud. We believe that it is not enough to simply restore mandate to the owner, the culprits behind rigging of elections must be identified and punished,” it said.
MURIC advised Nigerians to rally round the new leader to build a strong and prosperous Nigeria “as there is no victor nor vanquished but Nigeria is the eventual winner.”
On his part, the Muslim Consultative Forum (MCF), in a statement by its coordinator, Mallam Idris Usman, urged the president-elect to ensure the freedom of association and worship as enshrined in the constitution of every Nigerians during his administration.
MCF prayed for the successful tenure of Buhari, urging him to respect peoples’ wish as demonstrated by Nigerians in casting their vote for him irrespective of their religious affiliations.