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Lagos@50: TMC warns against celebrating idols

The Muslim Congress (TMC) has commended the Lagos State government on its achievements as it celebrates its golden jubilee. At its special Ramadan lecture on Lagos at 50, TMC appraised Lagos performance in the last five decades.
Hundreds of faithful Muslims who attended the special gathering in Lagos on Sunday prayed for the state, who was created alongside Kano, Kwara and other states in May 27, 1967.
Mufti, Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO) Sheikh Dhikrullahi Shafi’i (second left) delivering a lecture at The Muslim Congress (TMC) Lagos@50 Special lecture held at TMC Dawah Centre, Ijeshatedo, Lagos. With him (from left) are TMC Lagos State Chairman Alhaji Monsur Adebayo, National Amir (President) Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, his predecessor Alhaji AbdulGaniy Atitebi, Ustadh AbdulHamid Aderemi and Managing Director YKN Products Ltd Alhaji Musa Yusuf.
Grand Mufti of Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO) Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafi’i, hailed All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s foresight in making Lagos the best state in the country.
In his lecture, the renowned scholar described the former governor as the architect of the new Lagos, who laid the foundation and ensured that the state survived without support from former president Olusegun Obasanjo-led federal government.
He said Tinubu’s vision is transforming Lagos to a mega city.
“After laying the foundation, he was able to discover Babatunde Raji Fashola and now Ambode through his foresight. He knows who is capable of destroying his beautiful master plan for Lagos and who can sustain it. That is why he “selected” rather than allowing people of questionable characters to take over the mantle of leadership in Lagos. Even though some people criticise such move and describe it as anti-democracy, but no one can deny the progress made by the state in the last 18 years” he said.
Sheikh Shafi’i hailed Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for taking the state’s transformation to an enviable height.
The Mufti, however, frowned at the government’s activities for the Lagos@50 celebration, which he said, gave more preferences to idol worshippers and the entertainment industry. “The state government erred by reviving the Eyo festival that had been laid to rest for the past five years and spent huge amount of money on it. Government should be careful in engaging in things that will annoy our creator.
“The government refused to celebrate First Class students produced by the tertiary institutions. These people have done Lagos proud; they ought to have been celebrated. Instead you celebrated touts, musicians and corrupt politicians,” Sheikh said.

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