Delegates from the Islamic Movement in Nigeria today 26th December, 2017 paid a courtesy call on Archbishop Emeritus Peter Jatau in his Kaduna home to wish him a Merry Christmas.
Welcoming the visitors, Archbishop Peter Jatau said he felt compelled to come down to receive them, even though he was not feeling quite well, because he has always held members of the Islamic Movement in high esteem because of their peaceful disposition and exceptional interfaith relationships.
Archbishop Jatau lamented the way the society is very corrupt and devoid of justice. “Leaders today are not only corrupt and unjust, but they have no fear of God” he said. He added that the leaders no longer listen to wise counsel. “Nobody listens.” He also said because of bad leadership, “the rich are getting richer while the poor get poorer, and the rich don’t care about the poor.”
The Archbishop Emeritus said he has lived in Kaduna for over forty years, but the last two years “were the worst” in his life. He singled out three previous administrations as particularly good since the inception of civilian rule of first republic. He spoke of Balarabe Musa, Ahmed Makarfi and late Yakowa as being very good to the people of Kaduna. Their legacies are still everywhere in the state for all to see. “As for the present one, we have never had it so bad!”
He prayed for the quick release of the leader of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Ibraheem Zakzaky. He also implored members of the Movement to continue to thread the path of peace, as taught by the Sheikh, “because God is in control.”
Earlier, the head of the delegation, Dr Shuaibu, told the Archbishop that they were there to wish him a merry Christmas and a prosperous New year. He said they remain very appreciative of his contributions in the very good interfaith relationships being enjoyed in the state as well as his very strong voice in the Free Zakzaky campaign, which was heard not only within the country, but internationally as well. He therefore prayed for his quick recovery and many more years of good health.”
Present at the visit was Alhaji Gashash, the head of the Christian-Muslim Alternative to Conflict (C-MAC), a nongovernmental body that has promoted peaceful coexistence among all people across many states in Northern Nigeria. Both Sheikh Zakzaky and Archbishop Jatau are Trustees of the NGO.