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No alternative to education –Saraki, Sultan, Amosun



No alternative to education –Saraki, Sultan, Amosun

Senate President Bukola Saraki, Governors AbdulFatah Ahmed and Ibikunle Amosun and the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, have emphasised the importance of education, scholarship and quality training to nation building.


They spoke yesterday at the centenary celebration of the founder of the Centre for Arabic and Islamic Education (Markaz Ta’alim al Arabiy wa l Islaamiy), Agege, Lagos, Sheik Adam Al-Ilory. Thousands of former and current students of the Islamic institute assembled from all walks of life to honour the memory of the renowned Islamic scholar and philosopher at the event held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka.


Saraki, who extoled the virtues of the late scholar, urged religious leaders across the country to use their knowledge to train future leaders, saying the contributions of Al-Ilory to nation building is reflected in the number of professors and public servants his institution has produced.


“This is a day to reflect on the good deeds of our late father and scholar. As I always say, contributions shouldn’t just be by magnitude, but by what we can give to build our community, no matter how small.


“Sheik Adam served humanity by investing in human capital and till today, his products are everywhere living his dream. Education is a weapon for advancement and we must emphasise this wherever we find ourselves.”


The Sultan said the late scholar was a symbol of unity across both the geographical space and religious diversity, saying the promotion of Islam through quality teachings and presentations of the late scholar helped the country in no small measure.


Governors Amosun and Ahmed pledged support to the establishment of the proposed Al-Ilory University, even as Saraki donated a three-storey hostel facility to the university.


In his presentation, the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, who is also a former student of the institute, said the war against corruption in Nigeria is just an acrobatic in semantics. He said the war against corruption cannot be successfully fought without imbibing the fear of God in children, noting that such was the position of the late scholar who was being celebrated, and should be encouraged in all homes.


The retired President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Ayo Salami, preached peace and unity among Muslims across the country and advised against any divisive positions, especially on the issue of moon sighting during the month of fasting.


The theme of the weeklong event is; “Moving Nigeria to Greatness through the works of Al-Ilory.”

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