–Condemns Attacks Against Muslims
The Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO) has urged contestants who lost various positions in the last general elections not to challenge the results of the polls in the law courts, saying “it is Allah who enthrones and dethrones.”
The umbrella body for various Islamic organisations in Nigeria equally condemned recent attacks against Islam and Muslims generally both in Nigeria and abroad.
Addressing journalists on Monday during a press conference at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Lagos, Chairman of the group, Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Olanrewaju Ahmad, represented by Sheikh Abdur-Rahman Adangba, said: “We encourage that those that lost should have a large heart and give up on litigation. It is only Allah that enthrones and dethrones. For the benefit of all, the losers should kindly accept defeat in good faith and enjoy in peace”
He said while the last election was adjudged as being peaceful by many, others say it was not, reiterating that politicians should know that “it is only Allah that makes one a winner. Sometimes, defeat can be a blessing in disguise.”
While congratulating the winners, Olanrewaju said the outcome of the elections was “another trial from Allah” and that all should remember that they “will give an account both on earth and in the hereafter” as Nigerians have put a lot of responsibilities on the winners.
“They cannot afford to fail or make people regret voting their parties. They must work tirelessly as a team to deliver and make sure people enjoy the effects of governance and dividends of democracy. Also, they must reciprocate the gesture with more life-touching projects,” he added.
He specifically congratulated President Muhammadu Buhari, his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu together with his Deputy, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat of Lagos State on their victories.
“Sanwoolu and Hamzat should see their victory as a call to service and not a right. It is a privilege that must be well utilised.
“Politics should not be a reason to cause crisis or hatred among kinsmen or faithful of the same, and even different religion. It is not fair that the same parties that praise INEC in one state would abuse INEC in others. Despite the political differences, all ethnic nationalities should reciprocate by maintaining peace,” the cleric said.