The First Lady, Hajiya Aisha Buhari, has thumbs-down governors and ministers over the inability of Nigerians to access potable water and the rising insecurity across the country.
She said the rising insecurity which was as a result of injustice had made it impossible for some Nigerians to travel to their states and villages and live peacefully.
She stated this Friday in Abuja at the General Assembly of the Nigerian Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), stressing that there was the need for stakeholders to support President Muhammadu Buhari in the fight against insecurity.
According to her, if the needful is not done, Nigerians will regret the outcome of insecurity soon.
She said, “I have listened to the speech of his Eminence Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, where he talked about justice, and the Minister of Communication talked about justice and injustice, and I think he did not mention the consequences of injustice.
“The conference is timely, and this is the right time to address the problems in Nigeria, the problems have been escalating from one thing to the other. Thinking that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari will solve it alone; he cannot do it alone, we have to work together to make sure that we do the needful; we as Muslims operate within the guidelines of Islamic injunctions.
“We must do justice to ourselves, most of us here, as a result of long-time of injustice done to others, today, most of us cannot go to our villages and sleep with our two eyes closed, we all know that and it is moving forward and forward.”
Continuing, she said: “My husband has three years to go, we should fasten our seat belts, get up and do the needful or we will all regret it very soon, because at the rate which things are going, things are completely out of hand. The vice- president is here, ministers are here; they are supposed to do justice to whatever. People cannot afford potable drinking water in this country, we have ministers and governors.
“Since this is the highest decision-making body of Islamic affairs, for those that are Muslims, we should fear God and we know that one day we will return to God and account for our deeds here. I hope that the decisions, debates and engagements here today will be fruitful with the view of reaching realistic decisions for shaping our lives as a nation.”
In his address, the vice-president, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, stressed the need for Muslims and Christians to co-exist peacefully as a nation.
He cited incidents where Christians and Muslims had defended each other in times of violence.
He, however, expressed the hope that the recommendations of the meeting with the theme “Islam and National Development” would be used to consolidate on the ongoing development across the country.
In his remarks, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of NSCIA, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, said the General Assembly/National Executive Council Meeting would address some of the challenges facing Islam in Nigeria, such as Almajiri system, hijab-wearing in schools, among others.