The Northern Regional Minister Mr Abdallah Abubakar has sounded a caution to all Muslim leaders in the region to conduct themselves with the utmost respect during the month of Ramadan.
The minister particularly appealed to Imams from the various sects not to divert their daily preaching in the Tafsir in attacking one another but rather focus on what the Holy Quran said and the dictates of Prophet Mohammed (SAW).
The minister, who doubles as the chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), reminded both Imams and the Muslim Ummah that, the peace the region is currently enjoying supersedes anybody’s interest and should be guided as such.
The minister gave the caution when he met representatives from the Central Mosque, the Anbarriya Mosque and the Ahmadiyya Mosque at the Northern Regional Coordinating council (RCC).
The meeting was to handover the Ramadan gift RCC has for them and also plead with the Imams’ consciences to be decorous in the kinds of messages they put out during the Tafsir.
The Minister also appealed to the Media, especially radio stations, to be circumspect in the way they report or broadcast preaching.
He reminded the media about a bad precedent some radio stations caused in some African countries and hinted that the REGSEC has tasked the police to monitor daily broadcasts on the various radio stations.
On their part, Sheikh Abubakar Issahaq Tanko, who spoke on behalf of the various sects, assured the minister that they will stick to what the religion of Islam has them to do.
Sheikh Tanko attributed some of the religious preaching differences to people who are not qualified to preach but misinterpret and twist facts about Islam.