Dr Shehu Idris, the Emir of Zazzau and Chairman, Kaduna State Council of Emirs and Chiefs, has condemned the frequent cases of rape of minors in the society.
Idris said this on Tuesday in Zaria while addressing his subjects, who converged at his palace to pay their Sallah homage, traditionally called “Gaisuwan Sallah”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that “Gaisuwan Sallah” is an ancient tradition where the subjects gathered at the palace to thank Almighty Allah, for a successful celebration and to show solidarity, respect and love to the Emir.
The first-class traditional ruler, who spoke through the Iyan Zazzau, Alhaji Bashar Aminu, said, “The rampant cases of rape are alarming and the worst of all, is raping of minors in our society today.
“We are Muslims and Islam forbids adultery and is totally against rape. So, as Muslims, we must be guided by the tenets of Islam. Rape is alien to us as a society.
“Islam teaches good moral virtues, it kicks against immorality of whatever form, we must abide by all rules and regulations governing our religion to be able to live in peace,” he said.
The Emir advised his subjects, especially beneficiaries of agriculture loan schemes, to redouble efforts towards repayment, to enable others to benefit from the scheme.
He observed that other Nigerians would only benefit from the loan when beneficiaries refund what they have collected.
“If you collect the loan with the intention of paying back, Almighty Allah will certainly open ways for you to refund, but those who collected with no intention of paying back will not have the means to pay back.
“You should not allow yourselves to be left behind, endeavour to collect the loan. Government has introduced several loan schemes and earmarked huge amount for such schemes.
“Kindly collect the money with the intention of paying back and practice farming as a business. Definitely, Almighty Allah will give you the means and ability to pay back and become a great farmer,” he said.