The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), under the leadership of its president-general and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alh Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, has mourned the death of the national secretary of the Christian Association on Nigeria (CAN), Dr Musa Idowu Asake.
The NSCIA’s Secretary General, Prof Ishaq Oloyede in a statement yesterday, described the death as sorrowful.
According to the Sultan, “We heard the sorrowful news of the sudden death of the general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Dr Musa Idowu Asake, who reportedly died in the early hours of last Friday after a brief illness.
Describing Asake as relatively a young man, the Sultan said, “but death has no hinting schedule for age, time and place in its diary of operation in the life of humans.
“Thus, the occurrence of death in the life of Dr Asake, as in many other lives, is a further reminder and confirmation that human life is transient. We all live to die and die to live again.
“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.
“His death will no doubt create a vacuum in the interreligious community, which may be difficult to fill,” he added.
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 sympathise 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. With or without death of individuals among Christians and Muslims in Nigeria, we should always remember that our coexistence as human beings and as Nigerians, has a purpose before God for which we must 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,” he said.