*LASU PRAYS: VICE CHANCELLOR RECEIVES CHIEF MISSIONER, ANSAR-UD-DEEN SOCIETY OF NIGERIA, OTHER ISLAMIC CLERICS AT HER OFFICE*
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ibiyemi Olatunji-Bello, mni, on Wednesday, received the Chief Missioner, Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Sheik Abdulrahman Ahmad, the Chief Missioner, Al-Jamaly Society of Nigeria, Sheik Abdullahi Akinbode, and other respected Islamic Clerics in the state.
The clerics were at the VC’s office to pay her a courtesy visit on the sidelines of LASU PRAYS, a prayer programme organised by the muslim community in the university to pray for the institution. They were led to the VC’s office by the Chief Imam of the LASU Central Mosque, Prof. Amidu Sanni and his deputies.
Sheik Abdulrahman Ahmad, in his brief statement expressed his admiration for the Vice Chancellor for her liberality and tolerance for other religions despite her Christian faith. “We have become so divided and religiously intolerant as a people, so much that when you have someone of the other religion being in a position, you are initially apprehensive. But when I was told that you (VC) encouraged the Muslim Community to hold the LASU PRAYS programme, I was surprised and happy. Becuase of you, my hope in the unity of the country is renewed. This is how it should be; this is a thing of joy.”
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Olatunji-Bello, in her response, said the institution belongs to people of all faiths and that she doesn’t discriminate against any religion.
“In LASU, there is no difference between Muslims and Christians; as far as I am concerned, I see you as a staff or student, not as a Muslim or Christian. I believe in prayers and that is why we are organising the LASU Prays. I enjoin you to pray for peace and prosperity for all members of our university community, and for the attainment of our vision to become the best university in the West Africa Region”, she said.
Sheik Abdullahi Akinbode, the Al-Jamaly Society of Nigeria spiritual leader led prayers for the management and the university.
The visit had in attendance members of the university management and aides to the Vice Chancellor.