The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has expressed sorrow over the news of the sudden death of the General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Musa Asake.
Mr Asake died in the early hours of Friday after a brief illness.
The Islamic body in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Is-haq Oloyode, said Mr 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”.
It said the death of Mr Asake is a further reminder and confirmation that human life is transient.
“We all live to die and die to live again,” the group said.
It said 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,” the group said.
“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,” the statement said.
NSCIA reminded Nigerians of all faith that that their coexistence as human beings has a purpose before God.
They urged the citizenry to strive to 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,” NSCIA said.
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