Nigeria’s Buhari vows to fight religious fundamentalism Updated for 2021

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Updated: February 28, 2021

President Muhammadu Buhari Monday in Abuja expressed the strong determination of his administration to forge a strong, united nation from the diverse religious and ethnic communities in the country.

Receiving the Tijjaniyya Muslim Religious Movement at the State House, President Buhari lauded the prevalence of mutual understanding among the followers of the two major religions in the country, Islam and Christianity.

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“It is generally said that differences divide people.  We in Nigeria understand that there is no way a misunderstanding can cause division among us. We are one people,” he said.

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES LEADERS OF THE TIJJANIYYA MOVEMENT 2. R-L; Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with leader of the delegation, Shaikh Muhammad Lamin Inyas accopmpanied by Shaikh Munhaminna Inyas and Shaikh Ibrahim Hamza Bayaro during an audience at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 25 2019 ,
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES LEADERS OF THE TIJJANIYYA MOVEMENT 2. R-L; Chief of Staff, Mallam Abba Kyari, President Muhammadu Buhari in a handshake with leader of the delegation, Shaikh Muhammad Lamin Inyas accopmpanied by Shaikh Munhaminna Inyas and Shaikh Ibrahim Hamza Bayaro during an audience at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 25 2019 ,

President Buhari told leaders of the delegation, mostly    Senegalese, that the Tijjaniyya religious order was not new to him or to Nigerians, citing specific communities around him who practised its ways and commended them for being orderly, peaceful and constructive.

“The requirements of our people, whatever religion they follow, and to whatever ethnic group they belong in Nigeria is the same.

‘‘They need security, education and participation in an inclusive economy. On this, we are being very fair to all Nigerians,” he said.

The Nigerian leader welcomed the prayers of the religious group for his wellbeing and for the peace and progress in Nigeria.

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES LEADERS OF THE TIJJANIYYA MOVEMENT 0A&B. President Muhammadu Buhari ibeing presented with a document by the leader of the delegation, Shaikh Muhammad Lamin Inyas during an audience at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 25 2019 , 
PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES LEADERS OF THE TIJJANIYYA MOVEMENT 0A&B. President Muhammadu Buhari ibeing presented with a document by the leader of the delegation, Shaikh Muhammad Lamin Inyas during an audience at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 25 2019 , 

He urged them to convey his best wishes to President Macky Sall of Senegal, saying: “ I assure you that  I am very close to your President. He addresses me as ‘Baba’,’’.

The leader of the delegation, Sheikh Muhammad Lamin Inyas, son of one of the greatest Muslim religious Leaders in West Africa, Sheikh Ibrahim Inyas said their father brought them up to love and appreciate his large following in Kano and Nigerian cities.

“We are part of this country. We have come here to renew ties and the bonds of relationship. This is our reason for the homage,” he said.

PRESIDENT BUHARI RECEIVES LEADERS OF THE TIJJANIYYA MOVEMENT 0A&B. President Muhammadu Buhari ibeing presented with a document by the leader of the delegation, Shaikh Muhammad Lamin Inyas during an audience at the State House in Abuja. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. NOV 25 2019 , 

The delegation prayed for the realization of best wishes and aspirations of President Buhari, and for unity and solidarity among the universal followers of the religion.

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Garba Shehu
Garba Shehu
Malam Garba Shehu is the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity, to Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari. This is an official statement from him. The headline might have been adjusted.

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