The Muslim Council, Adamawa State chapter has today launched the 1442 Islamic calendar in Yola.
Chairman of Adamawa Muslims council, Malam Gambo Jika in his welcome address noted that the council under his leadership has been working with relevant stakeholders to ensure peaceful coexistence in the state.
Jika particularly lauded the state government for the giant developmental strides it is putting in place.
He also commended the governor for ensuring the prevalence of peace and unity between the diverse people of the state.
The chairman also thanked Lamido of Adamawa for donating a house to the council which is being converted to the first health medical facility to be owned by the Muslim council in the state.
Jika noted that the Muslim council is currently building a state-of-the-art ICT center which comprises offices, halls and other modern facilities adding that the project will cost the council a whooping N50 million.
He thanked the financier of the ICT center whom he said do not want to be mentioned.
Enumerating the importance of the Muslim calendar, the guest speaker, Professor Ibrahim Maqari, chief Imam of national mosque Abuja said, for one to even perform his religious obligations successfully, he has to be very conscious of time adding that even Allah has tied very important Islamic events like fasting, prayers and Hajj to time.
He added that to stress the relevance of time, Allah has in many Quranic verses sworn with the time adding that time is the foundation of life itself as everything attached to a man is tied to it.
Maqari noted that unfortunately, people do not make effective use of the time until it was gone leading to eternal regrets.
In his speech, governor Ahmadu Umaru Fintiri, thanked the Muslim community for their prayers and show of understanding during the lockdown in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic which led to the closure of mosques.
He charged Muslim leaders especially parents to prevent their wards from drug consumption noting that the scourge is responsible for the violent crimes bedevilling communities.
Fintiri noted that his administration has upon assumption tackled the menace of insecurity head on, resulting in the drastic reduction of the menace, adding that he is giving priority to the educational sector by ensuring compulsory and free education at primary and secondary levels, payment of WAEC and NECO fees for all candidates as well as rehabilitating/reconstructing about 6,000 classrooms across the state.