Islamic Clerics and Organizations Endorse Malam Nasir El-Rufai as Minister of Nigeria

Islamic Clerics and Organizations Endorse Malam Nasir El-Rufai as Minister of Nigeria

The immediate past Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has garnered support from a coalition of Islamic clerics and organizations in his state for a potential appointment as a Minister in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Despite facing criticism from some clerics in Bauchi State, El-Rufai’s efforts to enhance Qur’anic education during his tenure as governor have been lauded by the endorsing group in Kaduna.

Endorsement by Kaduna Islamic Organizations:

The former Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has been endorsed by a coalition of Islamic clerics and organizations in Kaduna State to serve as a Minister in Nigeria’s federal government.

This endorsement comes as El-Rufai was among the 28 ministerial nominees forwarded to the Nigerian Senate by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Despite the screening process, the support from Kaduna’s Islamic community has lent weight to El-Rufai’s potential appointment.

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Criticism from Bauchi Clerics:

Before his Senate screening, some clerics from Bauchi State expressed their reservations about El-Rufai’s nomination, urging President Tinubu to remove his name from the ministerial list.

However, this criticism was met with a firm response from Barrister Imam Muhammad Shamwilu, representing the Kaduna Islamic organizations and Qur’anic schools.

He defended El-Rufai’s track record on Qur’anic education and attributed the negative remarks from Bauchi to ignorance, emphasizing that those critics were not fully aware of El-Rufai’s contributions to the sector.

El-Rufai’s Contributions to Qur’anic Education:

Barrister Imam Shamwilu lauded El-Rufai’s efforts to improve Qur’anic education during his tenure as Governor of Kaduna State.

According to Shamwilu, the former governor took unprecedented steps to enhance Qur’anic education in Nigeria.

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One notable initiative was the establishment of a committee dedicated to mainstreaming Qur’anic education.

The committee crafted a curriculum allowing Alaramas, Islamic clerics who have memorized the Qur’an, to pursue a National Certificate of Education (NCE) after studying select secular subjects for two or three years.

Innovative Curriculum for Islamic Clerics:

The curriculum designed by the committee under El-Rufai’s leadership not only offered opportunities for Alaramas to obtain an NCE but also enabled them to find employment in various government agencies.

Moreover, it opened pathways for Islamic clerics to pursue higher education, including degrees and postgraduate studies.

This initiative aimed to empower the Islamic clerics with the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute effectively to society while preserving their religious education.

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Conclusion:

Despite facing criticism from some quarters, Malam Nasir El-Rufai has received a resounding endorsement from a coalition of Islamic clerics and organizations in Kaduna State.

Their support highlights El-Rufai’s initiatives to enhance Qur’anic education during his tenure as Governor of Kaduna State.

The curriculum established by his government opened new opportunities for Islamic clerics and helped integrate religious education with broader secular knowledge, further contributing to the growth and development of Nigeria’s Islamic community.

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