The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, on Sunday, said Muslims, not only in Nigeria but throughout the world, are facing serious challenges and have a bigger task ahead of them.
He disclosed this during the Fourth General Assembly of the Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria, MUSWEN, held at the Conference Hall of the University of Ibadan central mosque.
Mr Abubakar, who is the President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, urged Muslims to hold on to the unity of the Ummah.
He said that there had been comments on social media, accusing him of not talking on the hijab issue, particularly at the International School, University of Ibadan, being the Chancellor of the university.
“People should remember that Muslims are law-abiding people and they cannot take up arms, because there must be peace, stability and development of the country.
“We cannot make a public statement since the issue is in the court, to avoid contempt of court,” the Sultan said.
He called on the Muslims, especially in the South-West states having challenges on the hijab issue, to be patient, law-abiding and follow the rules of law, adding that it was unfortunate that this was happening.
Mr Abubakar called on Muslims organisations agitating on the use of hijab to continue, adding that victory would surely come at the end of the day.
“What is happening to us as Muslims is a challenge from Allah because we have been sleeping for too long and we must wake up from our slumber.
“Muslims are divided and we must be united; we should not allow politicians to take us for a ride, because every issue has been politicised in the country,” he said.
The Sultan called on wealthy Muslims to fund education and create employment, for peace to reign in Nigeria.
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of MUSWEN, Prof. Dawud Noibi, called on Muslims to come out strongly against attempts by some external forces to divide them along political, ethnic and regional lines.
Mr Noibi called on them to work harder to stop what he called sad developments, in the interest of Islam and the peace of the nation.