A former Head of State, Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, has urged Islamic scholars to provide workable solutions to the problems of social injustice in the country so that peace and security is guaranteed.
Abubakar made the call on Monday in Keffi while declaring open the 2nd Annual International Conference with the theme “Islam, Social Justice and Sustainable Development in Nigeria” organised by the faculty of Islamic Studies, Nasarawa state Univeristy, Keffi, Nasarawa state.
Abubakar, who was represented by a former minister of Finance, Alhaji Ismail Usman, called for collective efforts and public engagement of religion and theology in order to address the nation’s social injustice in the interest of peace and national development.
“Religion should be one of the vehicles to be used in entrenching unity in diversity as it launches man in to wide horizons of truth and goodness acquainting him with God and the rest of the universe,” he said.
The former head of state identified some of the social injustices in Nigeria to include bribery and corruption, tribalism, nepotism, discrimination, poverty, youth restiveness and poor education, among others.
“We should struggle to keep Nigeria one and to a large extent, promote its unity and oneness regardless of our ethno-cultural and religious diversity.
“Therefore whatever is morally justified to keep Nigeria together as one indivisible and indissoluble nation such as the theme of this significant conference is cherished and embraced.
“This conference should, therefore, ensure that that issues on social justice and sustainable development as enunciated in the glorious Qur’an and Sunnah that will move Nigeria forward are brought to lime light.
“Therefore, I urge this conference to look in to these observations to find out the real cause of social injustice in Nigeria with a bid to finding workable solutions to such problems from the Islamic paradigm,” he said.
The former Head of State also urged Nigerians to continue to live in peace and tolerate one another in the overall development of the country.
Earlier,Dr.Abdullahi Adamu Sulaiman, the Head of Department of the Islamic Studies said that the conference was organized in order to look at issues and provide solutions to challenges of social justice and sustainable development in the country.
Sulaiman reiterated the commitment of the department to continue to key in to good policies and programmes that have direct bearing on the lives of Nigerians. (NAN)