- Senate President Bukola Saraki said he was happy with the success so far recorded in the fight against corruption
- Saraki met with the Council of Ulama, who praised him for remaining persistent and patient in the face of political challenges
Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said that the Senate will not make laws that will interfere with the religious creeds of Nigerians.
In a statement by his chief press secretary, Sanni Onogu, Saraki made the special promise when he met the Council of Ulama (Muslim clerics) in Abuja.
Saraki was quoted as saying: “I say that again, whatever laws we pass here, will be respectful to the religious beliefs of our people. We will not do anything that will in anyway go against that.
“We are trying our best to ensure that we pass laws that will make direct positive impact on Nigerians. I want to also use this opportunity to assure you that whatever laws we pass here, will be sensitive to the religious values of the whole Nigeria."
Commending the council for uniting all Islamic scholars under one umbrella, a development that has contributed immensely to the stability and progress of not only the Islamic religion but that of the nation, the Senate president expressed the commitment of the Senate to make the county better by passing laws that make positive impact in the life of the citizenry.
He further stated that the Senate is working hard to replicate the successes achieved in the fight against terrorism, in the fight against corruption and the revival of the economy.
“We thank God for the success we have made in the fight against corruption and I am sure that the progress will be extended to the economy in order to put this country in a better place,” he said.
Speaking, the chairman of the Council of Ulama in Nigeria, Sheik Abdullahi Abubakar Tureta, commended Saraki for his patience and perseverance in the face of political adversity since his emergence as Senate president.
“We praise you for that and we are not surprised looking at your family background and we urge you to continue to be patient and persevere as the Almighty Allah promised to be with the patient one,” Tureta said.
While reminding the Senate president about the burden of leadership, Tureta said the responsibility for the welfare of all Nigerians has been placed on both the executive and the legislative arm of government
“If the two of you cooperate, everything will go well with the country, but if you work at cross-purposes, only the Almighty God knows what will befall the country.”
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