Imams in the Federal Capital Territory have been urged to be proactive and very sensitive in their sermons to become vehicles for attaining a stronger and more united Nigeria.
The call was contained in a paper titled, ‘The Importance of Imams’ Forums: Committee of FCT Imams as a case study’, delivered by Imam Tajuddeen Adigun, the Amir of Committee of FCT Imams and chief Imam of Muslim Community Centre Juma’a mosque, Wuse Zone 3, Abuja, at a two day conference organised for Imams in the FCT.
It was organised by the Committee of FCT Imams Initiative (CFII), and took place at Fou’ad Lababibi Mosque Zone 3, Abuja, yesterday.
Imam Tajudeen said Imams should use the weekly Friday sermons to preach the need to have a united Ummah, and also called on the Imams to be righteous and steadfast in all their activities. “If the Imams are righteous, the society will ultimately be righteous, we are in this stage because our Imams are not forthcoming,” he said.
He therefore, urged the Imams to be role models in terms of showing their followers by practice that they are peace makers, by discussing it on their pulpit, emphasising and re-emphasising the need to flush out all undesirable elements in the society so that we can have a peaceful Nigeria.
He also explained that Imams are stakeholders in any society because they have followers and as such, government should tap into this potential for the overall enhancement of state of security in Nigeria.
Dignitaries that witnessed the conference include, the minister of Communication, Dr Isa Ali Pantami and the Emir of Jiwa, Alhaji Idris Musa.