The Supreme Council for Shariah in Nigeria, SCSN, has told President Bola Ahmed Tinubu that Nigerians had suffered untold hardships since he took over on May 29.
The council said that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC’s Muslim-Muslim ticket it supported during the 2023 presidential election had fallen short of expectations and brought no positive values to Nigerians.
Tinubu and APC, adopted the Muslim-Muslim ticket and chose former Borno State’s Kashim Shettima as his Running Mate, despite protests especially from Christians.
President of the Council that is an umbrella for Muslim organisations in the country, Sheikh Abdur Rasheed Hadiyatullah, stated this at the SCSN’s National Conference in Abuja, under the theme: “Matters Arising from the 2023 Election and Associated Socio-Economic Challenges.”
He said: “The suffering of Nigerians has escalated since President Tinubu assumed office.
“What used to cost 200 naira is now being sold at 2,000 naira. Nigeria’s current state is marked by cash scarcity, unemployment, and economic challenges.”
The Islamic cleric said despite the enormous support received by the President during the election, Nigerians have not enjoyed dividends of democracy since he came to power.
He said: “The Nigeria of today is too bad. What we are buying at N200 before is N2000 now. We have scarcity of Naira and unemployment is escalating. Nigerians are not enjoying the new government at all. I don’t want to go personal but the Sharia Council helped the Muslim-Muslim ticket to be successful. We campaigned and supported this government until it came to power, but we are suffering.
“Some of the Ministers are siphoning and looting the treasury. I don’t want to mention any name but we have all seen and read it. Nigerians have been suffering since the last seven months when this government came to power.
“We are not making any progress. The reason for the Muslim-Muslim ticket was to progress, triumph, succeed and to have a good government; but we didn’t have anything.
“See how Nigerians are suffering. No money. No progress. We have not enjoyed anything since seven months of this government. We are sympathetic with this government but the way forward is for some of these Ministers to go home and rest and we will find other people who will be honest with themselves and the country, those who are there to work not to loot the country.”