The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), hereby formally announces the demise of a frontline scholar and Laureate, Sheikh Ahmed Lemu, OFR.
A dignified intellectual juggernaut and former Grand Qadi of Niger State, Sheikh Ahmed Lemu reportedly breathed his last in the early hours of Thursday, December 24, 2020, at the age of 91 years and was interned, according to Islamic rite, at mid-day, of the same day. His demise has further confirmed that death is truly the leveler of mankind and that no human being can ever escape the dragnet of death.
In his peregrinations, while alive, Sheikh Lemu traversed many terraces of intellectualism and Islamic evangelism with decency and humility across the Islamic and Western spheres of education, thereby towering loftily above many of his peers who are vaingloriously gallivanting around and basking in the euphoria of one-legged laurel award.
With the combination of Islamic and Western education in him, Sheikh Lemu has proved to the world that it is better and more effective to view life through educational binocular than to the world of man, just with one eye in a mere assumption that human life is a straight jacket.
Born in 1929, Justice Lemu was appointed as the pioneer Grand Qadi of Niger State in 1976 when the Shariah Court of Appeal of that State was established.
APPOINTMENT OF A NEW DEPUTY PRESIDENT-GENERAL (SOUTH) FOR THE NIGERIAN SUPREME COUNCIL FOR ISLAMIC AFFAIRS (NSCIA)
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, announces the appointment of a new Deputy President-General (South) for the Council. He is Alh. Rasaki Oladejo, FCS. Alh. Oladejo steps in to fill the vacancy created in the leadership of the Council by the death of Alh. S. O. Babalola, who was until October 2, 2019, the Deputy President-General (South) of the Council.
Alh. Oladejo, who was recently elected as the President of the Muslim Ummah of South West of Nigeria (MUSWEN), is a committed religious leader, a thoroughbred professional, a development economist, a Muslim Philanthropist, a life member of the Nigerian Economic Society and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Stockbrokers. He retired from the Nigerian Stock Exchange in 2003 as Deputy Director-General / Chief Operating Officer. From February 2005 to April 2018, he was the Chairman of Sigma Pensions Limited, one of the leading pensions managers in Nigeria. He was the Chairman of the Council’s Ad-hoc Committee on Assets, Finances and Operations Improvement and Sustainability from May 2013 through November 2014. He was the National President of Nawair-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria (an Islamic association founded in 1939) from 2013 through 2019. He is the Founder and Chairman, Mountain Investment and Securities Limited, a member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange.
Re- “Special Report: New deals underscore prospects of peace in Southern Kaduna”-Plaudit for Premium Times
A Press Release By Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA)
The attention of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the able leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar, CFR, mni., has been drawn to the publication of a Special Report by Premium Times (an online tabloid) dated 15th November 2020 and titled “New Deals Underscore the Prospects of Peace in Southern Kaduna”, The NSCIA is amazed by the fact that the Report called attention to an assertion once made by John Chancellor, the late American Journalist and Television Broadcaster, that “the function of good journalism is to take information and add value to it”. The Special Report left no doubt in our mind as to the intendment which unarguably is that of ‘adding value’ to the overarching task of achieving peace and national cohesion in this country. In fact, this was epigraphically captured by the tabloid as follows- - “Most people in Southern Kaduna are Christians and Muslims; so, if we believe there is a supreme being, whether you call Him Allah or God, and when He sends rains He doesn't discriminate, why can't we sit and forgive and settle differences?.”
It was another moment of sobriety and reminder of death for all role players in the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), when a legal icon, in the Council, was said to have been demised quietly on Sunday, December 13, 2020.
His name was Alhaji Murtala Aminu, OFR, the NSCIA’s erstwhile Legal Adviser. A onetime protem Chairman of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Adamawa State Chapter, Alhaji Murtala Aminu, the former Galadima of Adamawa, brought an experience of decades of legal practice to serve the NSCIA at a time when his service was best needed.
As an alumnus of Zaria Government Secondary School that later became Barewa College as well as that of Nigerian College of Arts, Science and Technology, Zaria, and Ahmadu Bello University, Alhaji Aminu combined the experiences of both the public and the private sectors to boost his legal services home and abroad.
He was a member of the International Bar Association and an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management even when he was a citizen of Gongola State before Adamawa emerged as a State.