[Kwara]–The Nigerian Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki has been turbaned as the Baba Adini of Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria in Ilorin on Saturday.
The turbaning was at the 75th Anniversary and the Opening Ceremony of the 49th Delegates Conference of the Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria in Ilorin.
While speaking at the ceremony, the senate president urged religious groups to continue to support government in providing sound education for the youths in Nigeria. He said religious groups pioneered the funding, establishment and nurturing of educational institutions from pre-colonial periods.
“Religious groups like Ansarul Islam have critical role to play in revamping the education sector. In fact you have more experience that government at all levels in the operation of educational establishments and you need to intensify your involvement in this all-important sector.
“All is not well with our education sector. Most of the problems we have now in the running of the private and public sectors can be traced to the decay in the education of our children. There is the talk of disconnect between the classrooms and the industries. We also see that our public schools which produced graduates that could compete with their colleagues across the world are no longer being reckoned with in world rating. We spend so much on education of Nigerian youths in foreign schools. Our religious societies should come to the aid of government”, he said.
The Senate President while acknowledging that schools under Ansarul Islam have produced many scholars advised that the society should continue to ensure that Muslim clerics preach peace, unity, tolerance and spread the gospel of development.
Saraki further promised that he would do all within his powers to ensure that the proposed Kamalud- deen University which is one of the cherished legacies of the renowned founder of the society, Sheikh Habeebulahi Al-Adabiy, gets the license for operation by the National University Commission ( NUC).
Also turbaned at the ceremony witnessed by dignitaries including Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, was the former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Sinatu Aderoju Ojikutu who became the Iya Adinni of the society.
Ansarul Islam Society of Nigeria was founded by the late Islamic Scholar from Ilorin, Shaykh Muhammad Kamalud-deen Al-Adabiyy.
The society was later adopted on 28th May, 1942 and was the first voluntary organization that was founded in Northern Nigeria, and the first to be accorded voluntary agency status by the then Northern Nigerian Government.
The society is a member of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and a member of the Muslim Schools Proprietors of Nigeria.
The Society also played a significant role in the formation of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam of Nigeria following a visit to Ilorin by the Late Premiere of the defunct Northern Nigeria. Sir Ahmadu Bello, the Sardauna of Sokoto in 1961.Please Follow Us @ThePageNg