The Nigerian Supreme Council For Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has congratulated the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) on his victory at the poll.
“Your Excellency, as you savour the joy of a well-deserved victory and the whole world celebrates you and the values that have defined your unique personality, let us remind you of what a former vice-chancellor once said when he was being congratulated on his appiontment. The person said that no one would congratulate a surgeon who was to perform an operation. He would only be congratulated after a successful surgery. Hence, rather than congratulations, well wishers should pray for him to perform the operation well,” said NSCIA secretary-general, Professor Is-haq Oloyede, while speaking with journalists in Ilorin at the weekend.
“Similarly, please be reminded of the Qur’an Chapter 28 Verse 76: ‘Exult not; verily God loveth not the exultant.’
“As you are set to commence this onerous task before you, we urge you to be careful of those who hail you and reflect on the criticism of your critics. Know that every failure is a test and every success, a trial. You have passed the test of past failures and it is the wish of the Almighty Allah to try you with success. For every action,there is a reaction; for every opportunity, there is a responsibility and for every appointment, there is accountability before men and Allah,” the former vice-chancellor of University of Ilorin said.
The NSCIA also commended President Goodluck Jonathan for displaying unprecedented leadership at the national level by not only conceding defeat in the presidential poll, but also congratulating the winner.
“By the singular and epochal action Your Excellency took by congratulating the winner of the presidential election, even before the final result was pronounced, you have taken leadership to a new height and you have honoured Nigeria in the eyes of the World.
“More importantly, you have effectively preserved the peace of the nation,” NSCIA stated.