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 heard with sorrow the news of the sudden death of the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr. Musa Idowu Asake who reportedly died in the early hours of last Friday after a brief illness.
Dr. Asake was relatively a young man but death has no hinting schedule for age, time and place in its diary of operation in the life of humans. Thus, the occurrence of death in the life of Dr. Asake as in many other lives is a further reminder and confirmation that human life is transient. We all live to die and die to live again.
Death is a phenomenon which can neither be averted nor altered when it is time for it to act especially in human life. As the General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Asake was an active member of Nigerian Interreligious Council (NIREC) whose role was prominent in the operations of that Council. His death will no doubt create a vacuum in the interreligious community, which may be difficult to fill.
The President-General of NSCIA, His Eminence, Alh. Muhammad Sa'ad Abubakar and the entire Nigerian Muslim Ummah condole with the leadership of CAN and sympathize with the family of Dr. Asake, praying the Almighty God to grant them the fortitude with which to bear the agony of his death. We are all from God and to God we shall all return.
With or without death of individuals among Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, we should always remember that our coexistence as human beings and as Nigerians has a purpose before God for which we must ventilate a peaceful atmosphere for all and sundry irrespective of differences in faith and tribes. It is only in peace that we can jointly live harmoniously for the upliftment of our country.
GOD BLESS NIGERIA.
Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, OFR, FNAL