The Sultan of Sokoto and President, Nigerian Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar has tasked Muslim women to key into the fight against corruption by rejecting stolen money from their husbands who are public officeholders.
He also challenged wives of state governors and emirs to lead the campaign for girl-child education.
The Sultan spoke on Friday at the formal opening of the 30th annual national conference of the Federation of Muslim Women’s Association in Nigeria (FOMWAN) in Ilorin, tagged “Motherhood and Leadership.”
The frontline monarch noted that the myriads of problems confronting the country “start from our homes.”
He said if Nigeria is to see the change its citizens have been yearning for, women must start the crusade against corruption right from home.
He added that Nigerians must be ready to be the change they voted for during the last presidential election: “Women must discuss corruption and ask questions from their husbands about their ill-gotten wealth especially from those who are public office holders.
“If you notice that your husbands, few months after becoming public officers, started buying exotic cars, build houses all over the place, ask questions on the source of that sudden wealth.
“As women, you must add your voice to issues affecting our country, formulate policies where anyone seeking public office must listen to you even if they don’t like it,” he stated.
The Sultan stressed the need for women to ensure that they raise responsible children for the overall well-being of the society.
“If we don’t have a good society where children are raised by fear of God, I will say we don’t have a society.“
Kwara State Governor, Alh. Abdulfatah Ahmed while declaring the conference open, lamented that Nigeria has not taken advantage of her diversity in attaining nationhood.
He said the religious and ethnic diversity which Allah had endowed the country with should be leveraged upon to move the country forward.
In his keynote address, Dr. AbdulRauf Wale Babalakin acknowledged the positive role mothers could play in moulding their children.
He said, “It is unfair to be born or brought up by poorly behaved parents. It is a violation of the child’s rights for him to be brought up by persons who do not consciously try to do the right thing.”
In his welcome address, Chairman of the occasion, Justice Mustapha Akanbi called on all Muslims to be united in condemning terrorism by those hiding under the guise of Islam to perpetrate evil.
Quoting some portions of the Holy Quran to drive home his point, Akanbi said inviting people to Islam must not be done by threats or violence but by showing the beauty of Islam to non-adherents.
Represented by Dr Mudashir Abdulsalam, Akanbi said “all religious groups should try to understand other religions apart from theirs and work towards religious harmony as Nigeria is a multi-religious country”.
He admonished Muslims to “eschew hatred, greed, nepotism “while political office holders must desist from fanning the embers of hatred among different religious adherents.”