The Wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari has called Muslims and Christians to work together in tackling sex abuse in Nigerian universities, workplaces and families.
Mrs Buhari made this call on Saturday, November 24, 2018, during a Public Lecture titled “Life of an Ideal Muslim in Public Office,’’ which was organized by Aisha Buhari Foundation at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa.
According to her, the targeted audience for the lecture was the youths, in order to help them have a full grasp of the Islamic way of life and avoid being led astray by some leaders they looked up to.
The Wife of the President tasked the Jama’atu Nasril Islam and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to work towards coming up with a code of conduct for Nigerian Muslims. She said:
“I will like to plead with the two notable bodies- that is the Jama’atu Nasril Islam and the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs to work together to fine-tune the way of life of an ideal Muslim; to make it compulsory for all Nigerian Muslims to follow a specified way of life.
“We have to implement. It not just reading the Koran and fail to implement either because of politics or societal intimidation.
“It is high time we set a standard for every Muslim in Nigeria; the Supreme Council has started working on something; very soon, we are going to have a workshop that will bring all Nigerian Muslims together and to come up with specific way of life for every Nigerian Muslim.
“I will also like to plead with the two bodies to work hand in hand with the other religion in Nigeria –Christianity to see how we can tackle sex abuse that is going on in universities; in the work place and within families where the family members tend to keep quiet because of stigma or other things.
“We suppose to use both religions to fight against it.‘’
The Wife of the President said that the two bodies should continue organizing lectures that would remind Muslims of the Islamic way of life.
She said that the targeted audience should be the public office holders’, heads of agencies and parastatals.
Mrs Buhari said that she would want them to start with Judiciary, Police, the military, and the anti-graft agencies and extend it to some other ministries.
Earlier in his lecture, Abubakar Khalid, the Secretary- Gen, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, said that for ideal Muslim, life was a call to service and humanity and to be righteous and conscious.
He said that every worker was a shepherd and would render account of his stewardship to the Almighty Allah.
According to him, there is a need for the psyche of Nigerians to be ignited to understand that service to man, by extension, was service to God.
Khalid said that people in positions of authority should be mindful of the fact that the stigma of corruption and mismanagement would stand before them when they left office.
He reminded Muslims that everybody would give the account before Allah on how they discharged their responsibilities at work.
President Muhammadu Buhari and some prominent Islamic preachers and scholars graced the occasion.