THE Muslim Community in Enugu State has called for a partnership with the government of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi as they seek to make contributions to the development of the state.
The Chief Imam of the state, Sheik Zulqarnaini Saeed, made the offer Sunday at the end of a meeting of Muslim faithful, stakeholders and Ulamas held at the Islamic Centre, Uwani, Enugu.
Saeed praised the peace initiative of the state government, and noted that it has contributed to the amicable co-existence of all believers in the state, even in Muslim settlements.
He promised that the Muslim community will support the developmental agenda of the Ugwuanyi because they “see the governor as a person who reaches out to everyone irrespective of religion, ethnicity and even political affiliation.
“The community appreciates his support and gifts of love to us during various Islamic festivities and his other acts of kindness.”
The Chief Imam pleaded with the governor to he wants to carry along every Muslim faithful in the programmes of the government, he should look beyond “the few people he meets in Central Mosque on Owerri Road, in his relationship with the Muslim community.”
According to him, “if the governor relates with Imams and Ulamas in the state, he will be helping the Muslim community and his government as well. It is the Ulamas who can mobilise Muslims in various council areas in the state to meet him as a way of boosting the relationship.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, Alhaji Musa Ani, Secretary-General of Enugu State Muslim Community, asked for a special recognition to be paid the Islamic Centre in Uwani, which is the meeting place for all Muslim groups and the seat of the Muslim Ulamas in the state.
He thanked the governor for “sponsoring Muslim faithful to pilgrimage and giving us a sense of belonging in the state.”