International Journal for Muslim World Studies (IJMWS)

Formerly known as International Journal of Muslim Unity (IJMU)

THE ROLE OF THE NIGERIAN SUPREME COUNCIL FOR ISLAMIC AFFAIRS IN UNIFYING MUSLIMS IN NIGERIA: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

THE ROLE OF THE NIGERIAN SUPREME COUNCIL FOR ISLAMIC AFFAIRS IN UNIFYING MUSLIMS IN NIGERIA: PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES

Abdulazeez B. Shittu*

 

ABSTRACT

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) was purposely created, inter alia, to unite the Nigerian Muslim individuals and organisations, to be a guide of the correct practice of Islam, to mediate conflicts among Muslims, which usually lead to intra and inter religious violence, and to harmonise the major religious celebrations in the country., This paper looks at some of the achievements of the Council, being the highest Islamic organisation in the country, as well as various challenges it  faces, its strategise and amendments. The paper thereby offers some suggestions/recommendations on the way forward for the Council to be better positioned in order to meet the aspirations of the Nigerian Muslims and thus become an organisation they will be proud of.