…As Ooni of Ife, Sultan of Sokoto called out for peaceful co-existence among Nigerians, regardless of Religion
The Muslim Ummah of South-West Nigeria, MUSWEN has taken a giant step to correct misconceptions in practising Islam as a religion in Yorubaland by publishing a book titled ” ISLAM IN YORUBALAND”. The 25-chapter book was published to correct misconceptions and distortions by non-Muslim historians in relation to Islam in Yorubaland.
The public presentation of the book Titled “Islam in Yorubaland: History, Education and Culture” was put together by erudite Islamic and Arabic scholars under the auspices of the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria, MUSWEN was held yesterday at Radisson Hotel, Ikeja GRA, Lagos.
The event was graced by eminent Royal Fathers and high networth personalities such as Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Osun State Governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) Alhaji Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar, Ooni of Ife, Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Babatunde Ogunwusi Ojaja II, and All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu represented by Alhaja Oluranti Adebule, Former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Oluwo of Iwo, His Royal Majesty, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, Oniru of Iruland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Wasiu Gbolahan Lawal and Chairman of the event, Founder of Guaranty Trust Bank (GTB) as well as Founder/Chairman of the FATE Foundation, Alhaji Tajudeen Fola Adeola.
The book was launched by former Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Jubril Ayinla who was present virtually, represented by Alhaji Rafiu Ebiti while Provost, Federal College of Education Iwo, Prof. Rafiu Adebayo gave an insightful reviewed of the book.
Welcoming the guests, MUSWEN President-General, Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo, described the book presentation as historic for Muslims in SouthWest. He said it was a realisation of a dream to set the historical records of Islam in Yorubaland straight.
“What makes the difference in today’s presentation is the calling of the spade by it’s real name for centuries, Muslims in Nigeria’s South West have had to accept their spiritual plight as a fate accomplice when the concept and conditions for practising their religion had to be dictated to them by their counterparts in other religious,” he said.
Osinbajo in his message extolled MUSWEN for documenting history of Islam in Yorubaland. He was represented by the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the Vice President urged religious leaders to continue to spread the message of peace and religious tolerance.
Oyetola congratulated MUSWEN for setting the records straight by publishing a book on Islam in the Southwest. He said “This well-researched work of history, no doubt, has benefited from the rich career of the authors whom I was told are affiliated to Yorubaland by birth and to Islam by choice. It, therefore, follows that the book before us can be classified as the most authoritative in our recent history as far as the history of Islam in Yorubaland is concerned.
“I congratulate the authors in particular and MUSWEN in general on this knowledge of history of Islam in Nigeria, with particular reference to the South West, a region erroneously believed not to have very significant Muslim population in the country.”
Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar noted that aside from history, religious leaders and scholars across Nigeria must rise up in feeding their followers with truth and the true meaning of faiths they profess.
Ooni Adeyeye Babatunde Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, called for harmonious relationship among all tribes in Nigeria irrespective of their religious background.
Alhaji Fola Adeola said one of the factors of a book was to educate and correct information as well as engaging minds. He noted that conscious efforts have been made by the book to reflect how Muslims look. He said Muslims should stop hiding their potentials and push forward everything to show their identity as Muslims.
Noting that Muslims in Nigeria can better understand themselves when the negative impression has cleared.
National Missioner of Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Imam Abdur-Rahman Ahmad, in his lecture, said Islam came to Yorubaland very strong, bold and well accepted.
He stated that the aim of Islam is not to antagonise the society but to maintain a stable relationship with the people.