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Muslim Council Again Berates Gov Ishaku Over Appointment of Principal Officers at State University

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The Muslim Council in Taraba state has again accused Governor Darius Ishaku of insensitivity to the multi-religious and diverse ethnicity of the state in his recent appointment of principal officers at the state-owned Taraba State University, Jalingo.

The Council had earlier addressed a Press conference where it faulted the appointment of Permanent Secretaries and heads of state-owned tertiary institutions saying that the Muslim population in the state is grossly marginalized.

The Council made the fresh accusations in a press statement issued in Jalingo on Friday and signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Council, Khadi Abdulmumini Abubakar (rtd) and Alhaji Chindo Bose respectively, and 18 others.

“Your Excellency may wish to recall a press release by the Muslim Council of Taraba State dated, 11th January 2022 on the marginalization of Muslims by the Taraba State Government in its various appointments.

“The appointments include twelve Permanent Secretaries among others. The Taraba State Government did not dispel the marginalization allegations raised in the earlier release, but still is reluctant to address the issues but instead flagrantly continued with the marginalization agenda as portrayed in the recent appointments of Principal Officers of Taraba State University.

“The appointees are as follows: Professor Sunday Paul Bako Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Joseph Bibinu Registrar, Mr. Abraham Bagu Bursar, Mr. Israel Idris Librarian.

All the above appointments were not based on merit rather were based on religious and ethnic sentiments/affiliations to Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State.

They are not only from the same religious affiliation but also from one ethnic group and the Taraba South Senatorial District. The Council alleged.

“It’s worthy to note that some of the applicants who scored higher points during the interview were not considered for the simple fact that they did not meet the qualification agenda of the Governor.

“The Council views the action of the Governor in the appointments of these Principal Officers as insensitive to the multi-religious and multi-ethnic nature of Taraba State.

They reminded the Governor of the oath of office to which he swore that he will “do right to all manner of people, according to the law, without fear or favor, affection or ill-will.

“In conclusion, the council urged the Governor to address the issues raised and review the contentious appointments of Permanent Secretaries and Principal Officers of Taraba State University among others in line with the Oath of Office he swore to guide him in the discharge of his duties to all Tarabans” the statement read in part.

Our correspondent recalled that the earlier statement by the Council alleging marginalization against the Muslim population in the state generated a lot of reactions and has pitched the Muslim Council against the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state.

The state government has, however, faulted the Muslim Council for taking their grievances to the Press rather than tabling them to the state governor who is in a position to address the issues.

Meanwhile, in a telephone interview, Special Adviser to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Bala Dan Abu said the government position remained as stated in the previous press statements.

Recalled that in a press release signed by the SA said “Government wishes to state categorically that the allegation of marginalization of Muslims in Taraba State is false, unfounded and an attempt to distract the administration and cause religious and political tension in the state, especially now that the process for the nomination of candidates for election into political offices is about to start.

“The government hereby assures all groups and the entire people of Taraba State that it remains committed to equity, justice, and fairness in appointments and the provision of amenities to the people.

“It also assures the people that its doors remain open to those with genuine complaints against decisions and actions of government to come forward and table them rather than resorting to blackmail to win public support and sympathy.” Said Dan Abu.

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Hardship: Refrain From Homosexual, Adultery, Others- Ustaz Hamman Adama

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By Sani Yarima 

Ustaz Bashir Hamman Adama, an Islamic scholar based in Taraba State, recently delivered a cautionary message to the Muslim Ummah. 

During his Friday sermon at the Muslim Council Masjid in Jalingo, he warned against engaging in acts such as homosexuality, adultery, and drinking beer. 

Citing several verses from the Holy Qur’an and the Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (SAW), Hamman Adama emphasized that individuals who commit sins and fail to repent will face punishment from Allah.

The Islamic cleric identified several other behaviors, including lies, deception, envy, cheating, and dishonesty, as contributing to the present hardship being experienced in the country. 

He urged members of the Muslim community to refrain from such acts of evil, seek forgiveness from Allah, and prioritize obedience to the Almighty.

Hamman Adama cautioned that those who choose to follow the directives of wealthy individuals and politicians over those of Allah do so at their peril.

In addition, Ustaz Hamman Adama called on the Muslim Ummah to prioritize the teachings of the Holy Qur’an and the Prophet, Muhammad (SAW). 

He emphasized the importance of following these teachings to be rewarded with Aljannatul Firdausi on the Day of Judgment. 

The cleric also reminded Muslims of the need for self-reflection and continued good deeds, especially in the aftermath of Ramadan.

Hamman Adama attributed the difficulties faced by many individuals to a lack of trust in Allah and His fear. 

He advised trust in Allah as the ultimate provider and encouraged everyone, regardless of wealth or status, to help others in need. 

According to him, this could be through small acts of kindness or by donating to the mosque for the sake of Allah.

In conclusion, Ustaz Bashir Hamman Adama’s message is a timely reminder of the importance of living a virtuous life and adhering to the teachings of Islam.

His counsel is an important call to action that emphasizes the need to prioritize obedience to Allah and the benefits that come with following His directives.

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Refrain From Reducing The Quantity Of Your Products – Khadi Abubakar Warns

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…..As Muslims Celebrate Eid-el Fitr 

By Sani Yarima 

An Islamic scholar in Taraba State, Khadi Abdulmumini Abubakar (Rtd), has warned grain sellers against reducing the quantity of their products to enable them to enjoy Allah’s blessings in their businesses. 

He gave the warning in his Sallah message to the Muslim Ummah across the globe while speaking to journalists in Jalingo.

Khadi emphasized that Allah has provided punishment for such people, and urged businessmen and women to desist from such acts to avoid being punished by the Almighty Allah on the Day of Judgment. 

He also reminded Muslims to reflect on the lessons learned during the month of Ramadan and to always fear Allah in all their dealings and worship Him alone.

Khadi Abubakar reminded Muslims that Allah (SWA) will not accept any deed that is not done for His sake, and urged them to always do good things for the sake of Allah. 

He also called on the Muslim Ummah to repent and desist from sins, and to refrain from causing harm to leaders, as power comes from Allah. Instead, they should pray for them for Allah’s guidance.

Furthermore, Abubakar attributed the current hardship being experienced in the country to the evil deeds of the people and called on Nigerians to return to Allah and refrain from sins, as well as seek His mercy and forgiveness. 

He reiterated that Allah does not marginalize people and that it is prohibited for a leader to discriminate against a particular group based on religion or ethnicity.

Khadi Abdulmumini Abubakar also emphasized that Allah gives power to whom He likes at the time He likes and that this power is temporary, and everyone will be accountable for their deeds in the hereafter. 

Finally, he called on well-to-do Nigerians to assist the less privileged in society to help reduce the current hardship.

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Chief Imam Of Jalingo Central Mosque, Dinga Preaches Tolerance, Obedience To Leaders

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….As Muslim Celebrate Eid-el Fitr 

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The Chief Imam of Jalingo Central Mosque, Ustaz Muhiddeen Muhammad Dinga, has advised Muslims not to deviate from the lessons of Ramadan.

Dinga gave this advice during the Congregational two-unit prayers for Eid-el Fitr, where he led thousands of worshippers. 

In his sermon, he read verses from the Qur’an and the traditions of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and linked present-day realities to what he described as a deviation from the words of Allah. 

He called for a change in attitude for the betterment of society, urging followers to be more submissive and obedient to leaders and to avoid blaming leaders for everything.

Dinga also urged the Muslim Ummah to tolerate one another and assist those in need, both of which are part of the teachings of Ramadan. 

Imam Muhiddeen Muhammad Dinga urged leaders to fulfill their responsibilities as they would be accountable for their actions on the Day of Judgment. 

He reminded them that both scriptures instruct believers to take care of what Allah has entrusted to them.

Some worshippers at the Eid ground thanked Allah for a successful Ramadan and called for the lessons to be replicated in their daily lives.

The Taraba state Deputy Governor, Alhaji Aminu Abdullahi Alkali, congratulated the Muslim Ummah on the successful completion of Ramadan and called for the replication of the lessons learned during the month. 

He highlighted self-devotion, renewal of faith, and striving for spiritualization, seeking closeness to Allah through fasting, prayer, and acts of charity as some of the teachings of Ramadan.

Furthermore, he charged the Muslim Ummah across the state to reflect on the profound significance of the spiritual journey of peace, and the progress of Taraba state and Nigeria as a whole.

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