Kaduna - Kaduna Muslim scholars have been urged to embrace peace ahead of and after the rescheduled general elections.
The call came during a meeting held at a Sensitization and Town Hall at the Umar Yar' Adua Hall in Murtala Square, Kaduna State.
Vice President, Mohammed Namadi Sambo, was the main speaker at the event.
“It should be noted that, by the teachings of our faith, we shall account for our deeds in the hereafter. I therefore admonish you to live by example always and do well for the development of our dear country and humanity,” he told the scholars.
At the event organized in collaboration with 20 Islamic organizations, Sambo noted the important role Muslim scholars played in shaping the moral values of the Muslim Ummah.
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“It has become incumbent upon our Ulamas to imbibe the fear of the Almighty among the faithful and to continuously lead the Ummah. I ask you to imbibe the right kind of training, education and proper upbringing of our children as well as continuous preaching and sensitization on the importance of peace and peaceful coexistence amongst us as well as respect for the law and authority of the state.”
The Vice President expressed grief at the post election violence of 2011 in some parts of the country.
Youth are said to have been the main perpetrators of the violence that claimed hundreds of lives.
Meanwhile, convener of the event, Tahir Umar Tahir, said the one day seminar in Kaduna, held under theme, “Towards a violence free 2015 general elections in Nigeria: The role of religious leaders/parents,” had 3 000 participants drawn from the seven states of the North-west zone of the country.
He said similar meetings had earlier been held in other zones of the country.
- CAJ News