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Emulate Abdul Rahman, JIBWIS urges leaders

|By Yahaya Ahmed and Musa Ishaq

Officials of the Jama’atu lzalatil Bid’ah Wa’Ikamatis Sunnah (JIBWIS), an Islamic religious sect, in Nasarawa State, have commended Professor Shehu Abdul Rahman, the Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Lafia (FULafia), for his sterling and exemplary leadership roles.

The leaders of the JIBWIS spoke, recently, when they paid two courtesy visits to the vice-chancellor. 

The first visit, which saw Abdul Rahman received the guests at his office, was led by Sheikh Muhammad Sabo who said they visited the vice-chancellor to thank him for attending their just concluded seminar on Ramadan tafsir, adding that the event was organised to train selected clerics ahead of the Muslims Ramadan fast.

Sabo said that "the aims of JIBWIS is to propagate the words of Allah (Qur'an) and His Prophet's sayings and practices (Hadith), calling for both FULafia and his organisation to collaborate for mutual benefit.

Sabo praised the vice-chancellor for his contributions to development of the University, "through his leadership style which frowns at using sentiments," urging other leaders to emulate his style of leadership.

He prayed God to continue to guide and protect Abdul Rahman, grant him good health and wisdom to continue to pilot the affairs of the University.

The second group of the JIBWIS officials was led by Alhaji Abdullahi Muhammad Gindau, the Magayakin Lafia.

Gindau said: "This visit is necessary because of your laudable accomplishments as the head of this federal institution."

Gindau praised the vice-chancellor for treating everyone equally and carrying along with him the members of staff, irrespective of their tribe, region or religion.

He said: "We are urging you to continue with this trend and don't be distracted because Allah is with leaders who are just to their subordinates." 

He prayed God to make things easy for Abdul Rahman, calling on Allah to reward him with higher leadership position after his tenure in FULafia.

Responding, similarly, after the visits, Abdul Rahman, thanked the clerics for the visit, saying: "I carry everyone along because the University belongs to all, and I am able to record the achievements you listed because everyone was involved in the process."

Abdul Rahman appealed to the clerics to draw his attention whenever "you think that I'm doing anything wrong."

The visits were climaxed with offerings of prayers for success and successful tenure for the vice-chancellor and taking of photographs.

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