Prominent Islamic scholars and other top Muslims community leaders in Jos yesterday declined to attend a reception at the Government House Jos, saying time is not yet ripe for that.
The invitation was exten-ded to them by the special adviser to governor Jonah David Jang on Islamic Affairs Alhaji Nasiru Ibrahim Goshi.
The clerics shun the Sallah homage held at the premises of the Government House, at the instance of the state governor and hosted by his deputy Amb. Ignitiuos Longjan, which had in attendance the Emir of Wase who is also the Chairman of the Jama’atu Nasril Iskam (JNI), but was not accompanied by his state secretary Alhaji Alhassan Shuaibu as well as other top officials of the JNI, as a form of protest.
Our correspondent gathered from a close aid to the Chief Imam of Jos who spoke on condition of anonymity that the Muslim clerics in Jos, the state capital, said that the time was not ripe still to attend such occasion, because “there are a lot of gray areas that have not been resolved.”
“The Governor has been making series of promises to end the crises without expected result, and he has also failed to fulfil any of his promises, our rights are being denied, so the time for such homage is not now,” the aid said.
Speaking on the occasion, leader of the delegation and the Emir of Wase called the on the Government to extend its developmental project to the areas dominated by the Muslims in Jos North and Jos South Local Governments areas, which he said have been neglected by the present administration.
In his remarks, the deputy governor Amb.Ignatious cal-led on Muslims and Christians to imbibe the spirit of forgiveness, saying that is the only way peace will return to the state.
The practice of paying Sallah homage to the governor has since 2008 been stopped by the Muslim leaders.
Reacting, former minister of state for information and communication, Alhaji Dasuki Ibrahim Nakande said the Hausa community is not aware of any invitation for a Sallah meeting with the governor untill yesterday.
He said the leaders later realised that the idea did not even emanate from the governor but from the special adviser to the governor on religious affairs (Islamic) Haruna Goshi who had on his own initiated the meeting without consulting leaders of the community.