Adamawa Government charges religious leaders on tolerance for peaceful coexistence
From Umar Dankano,Yola.
The Adamawa state Government has charged religious leaders to inculcate the virtues of love and tolerance
With a view to promote peaceful coexistence among their followers.
Governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri gave the charge in Yola weekend at the Inauguration of new executive members of Adamawa state Muslim Council and presentation of the Islamic Calendar for year 1444 (AH) explaining that development can not be ascertained with out peace and harmony.
Represented by the Secretary to the state Government (SSG),Bashir Ahmed,Fintiri maintained that the religious bodies have been a formidable force which government use in reaching out to teeming citizens for support and cooperation in actualisation of good governance.
Fintiri expressed gratitude to the Muslim council for launching the Islamic calendar for year 1444 noting that its importance can never be over emphasised as it regulate religious activities such as times for prayer and dates in Islamic teachings.
He also suggested to the council to ensure thorough adherence to the Islamic calendar by Islamiya schools and Mosque management committees so that the up coming generations can adapt it too as ordained by the religion (Islam).
Earlier in his address,the new Chairman of the state Branch of the Muslim Council,Alhaji Gambo Jika expressed gratitude to all that turned out to grace the occasion.
Jika said the Council has been enjoying cordial working relationship with its counterpart,the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and other bodies in the state which connotes mutual understanding among them as a faith-based organisations.
Jika also thanked Governor Fintiri and his government for the listening ears been rendering to the council at the times of need calling for continued support and cooperation.
He stated the launching of the Islamic calendar has been a source of raising revenue for execution of the council’s activities annually soliciting for more support which will enable its (Council) ongoing infrastructure projects of building an Modern ICT Centre which has reached 80% completion and a hospital edifice in the state capital.
Guest speaker at the Occasion,Sheikh Muhammad Bin Usman said Islam has touched all aspects of human life urging the Muslim Ummah to be proud of their identity as practising faithfully in Islam.
Sheikh Usman encouraged parents and teachers to use Islamic calendar in scheduling their endeavours so that Muslims will be conversant with it as the Gregorian calendar in the globe noting that it is very important for Muslims to know and understand their Islamic calendar.