Kano State Government has assured of its continued support to the propagation of peace and stability towards fighting insecurity in the nation.
The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje announced this at the opening of the second Kano WAQF International Conference held at Sa’adatu Rimi College of Education, Kumbotso.
The governor, who was represented by the Provost of the College, Dr. Yahaya Isa Bunkure, reiterated the commitment of the Ganduje administration towards uplifting Islamic affairs in the state and world at large, saying that the government was giving its priority to the development of Islam in the state.
He described the conference as important and timely in promoting of unity among Muslim Ummah, urging the participants to utilize the occasion in promoting WAQF towards alleviating poverty among Muslims.
He used the opportunity to congratulate the entire Muslims world on the birth of Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him.
Speaking at the occasion, the Vice Chancellor of Bayero University, Kano, Professor Muhammad Yahuza Bello, who was represented by Professor Haruna Wakili, commended the organizers for not relenting in their efforts towards hosting the conference, assuring of the university’s support and cooperation to the organizers towards hosting international conference.
He said the conference has come at the right time, stressing the need for the Muslims world to join hands together towards supporting the less privileged in the society, saying that the university was fully committed to the international conference.
In his key note address, the chairman of the occasion, Eze and Chief Imam of Umoufor Kingdom in Oguta Local Government Area of Imo State, Sheikh Abdulfatah Chimeze Emetumah urged the Muslims to contribute to the WAQF towards improving the social welfare of the Muslims countries.
He described the WAQF as voluntary charitable endowment from well – meaning individuals to support and alleviate poverty as well as improve the welfare of Muslims society.
He appealed to the scholars, presenters and discussants to utilize the conference in displaying knowledge of WAQF among Muslim communities as stated in reference to Quran, Hadith and other Islamic traditional sources.
In his paper presentation, the Chief Executive of AWAQF, South Africa, Zeinoul Abedien Cajee urged the Nigerian Muslims to emulate the counterpart of South Africa in organizing WAQF towards assisting the less privilege, appealing to the wealthy individuals to imbibe the tradition of Islam in helping the commons.
He commended the Nigerian organization for organizing the event, promising to partner with their country’s organization in promoting the WAQF mission.
By Salisu Baso and Maryam Abdullahi