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For the record: Communique issued at the end of MUSWEN 4th General Assembly

For the record: Communique issued at the end of MUSWEN 4th General Assembly

COMMUNIQUE ISSUED AT THE END OF THE FOURTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE MUSLIM UMMAH OF SOUTH-WEST NIGERIA (MUSWEN) HELD AT THE CONFERENCE HALL, UNIVERSITY OF IBADAN MOSQUE COMPLEX, IBADAN, OYO STATE ON YAOMUL-AHAD, 19TH RABIUL AWWAL 1441 A.H (NOVEMBER 17, 2019)

Introduction

The Fourth General Assembly of the Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria took place at the Conference Hall, University of Ibadan Mosque Complex with His Eminence, Alhaji (Dr) Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto as Special Guest of Honour while the Chairman, Board of Trustees, Prince Abdul Jabbar Bola Ajibola was represented by Alhaji Kunle Sanni, a member of MUSWEN Board of Trustees.
MUSWEN as the umbrella body for all State Muslim Councils/Communities and Organizations in the Southwest of Nigeria welcomed over 300 Delegates and other dignitaries who attended its fourth General Assembly. The organisation was established in 2008. Its aims include fostering unity of the Muslims in the South West of Nigeria as well as to solidify the brotherhood of the Ummah in the entire country.
The General Assembly was well attended by eminent Muslim men and women leaders from the six states of the Southwest Region.
The fourth General Assembly has as its theme: “Muslim Unity and Contemporary Political Challenges in Nigeria’’
OBSERVATIONS

Given the current economic, political and religious situations in Nigeria today, MUSWEN, through an appraisal at its fourth General Assembly observed as follows:
1. That there have been some modest improvements in the state of the nation under the present administration.
2. That Federal Government should intensify efforts to diversify the economy of the nation.

3. That Muslims in the country should go about demanding for their rights in accordance with the law.

4. That institution of Hijab is sacrosanct in Islam and cannot be compromised for Muslim girls and women in any part of the country.
5. That MUSWEN acknowledges the harmonious activities of the indefatigable President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Dr. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar CFR, mni and urges all Muslim Organizations in the South West to cooperate with him in his efforts at piloting the affairs of Nigerian Muslim Ummah.
6. That MUSWEN should champion the provision of qualitative education to teeming Muslim youths in order to reduce poverty and other acts of insecurity in the country.
7. That the Ummah mourned the exit of its immediate past President, Dr Sakariyau Babalola and prayed Allah to forgive his shortcomings and repose his soul in eternal bliss, Aamin.
8. The Ummah also appreciates its outgoing pioneer Executive Secretary, Prof. Dawud Noibi (OBE) who delivered a valedictory speech, for piloting the affairs of MUSWEN since inception to its current state.
RESOLUTIONS
Consequent upon the aforementioned observations, MUSWEN General Assembly, resolves as follows:
1. That material wealth should not be the criterion of eligibility for political office.

2. That the Ummah frowns at political lopsidedness against the Muslims in the Southwest and at the Federal Level.

3. That Shari‘ah Court should be established by governments in the Southwestern Nigeria in catering for the yearnings of Muslims who are in the majority to replace Shari‘ah Panels being operated presently by Muslim organizations.

4. That to ensure proper administration of justice, MUSWEN advocates urgent judicial reform, taking a cue from the principle of Islamic Judicial System.

5. That Muslims in all Political positions regardless of their party affiliation should unite to support matters relating to Islam as well as of national interest.

6. That MUSWEN further reiterates its commitment to hijab struggle not only in the southwest but throughout the country as provided for, under freedom of religion in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
7. That following expiration of the tenure of the pioneer Executive Secretary of MUSWEN, Professor Dawud Noibi, the General Assembly ratified the appointment of Professor Muslih Yahya, a retired Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies from the University of Jos to become the new Executive Secretary effective from the date of the General Assembly.

8. That the death of MUSWEN’s immediate past President, Dr. S. O. Babalola calls for the appointment of a new President and other principal officers. The General Assembly gave the task to the Central Working Committee (CWC) to make recommendations to fill the vacant positions within six months.

9. That creation of three new standing Committees were ratified by the General Assembly, namely: (1) Legal Advisory Committee; (2) Mediation and Reconciliation Committee and; (3) Secretariat Advisory Committee, and that the hitherto Elders Forum of MUSWEN will now be known as Elders’ Council and be so included in the constitution.

10. That the issue of Hijab controversy at the International School, University of Ibadan should be legitimately pursued and that the Ummah should do so within the ambits of the law.

Signed Signed
Alhaj Ishaq Kunle Sanni

Member, Board of Trustees and Chairman, 4th General

Professor Wole Abbas
Chairman of the Event Assembly Planning Committee, 2019

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