Sultan of Sokoto: Africa needs fresh ideas for its rejuvenation

2021-10-30 18:25:07
Sultan of Sokoto: Africa needs fresh ideas for its rejuvenation

He made remarks on Friday during the symposium on the Islamic African Heritage: Memory and History held in Abuja where he advised African countries to look inward in the hiding treasures of wisdom of its past to get solutions to the challenges facing the continent.

The Sultan noted that Islamic heritage in Africa was very rich and deep, adding that there was a huge collection of manuscripts in private, public universities and libraries and research centers.

“At a time where Africa needs fresh ideas for its rejuvenation, we need to look inward in the hiding treasures of wisdom of our past.

“This will enable us to get the impetus to chart a new course that will address and solve the many problems facing us today.

“I am confident that in the rich legacies of ours, we shall find that which our grandfather’s found which made them build the great empires of the great of the past and contributed to humanity like all other civilizations.”

In his address on behalf of the General Secretariat of Mohammed VI Foundation of African Ulamas which organized the symposium, Dr. Si Mohammed Rifki, said that the seminar was a concrete step towards the fulfilment of one of the Foundation’s objectives, in keeping with the pledge to implement the proposals and recommendations adopted by the members of the Committee for the revival of the African Islamic heritage, with all its chapters.

He said the Foundation paid tribute to Nigeria which is steep in history and which boasts a rich cultural heritage as well as many prestigious libraries, universities and scientific centers by hosting the meeting in Abuja.

The event, was attended by about 500 participants from about 30 countries and was aimed discovering the African Islamic heritage, its components, and its stages of development and the contributions of various environments, among many other objectives.

The meeting also aimed at the preservation of African Islamic manuscripts in particular, through the identification of their nature, centers, the problems and dangers that threaten them and the ways of promoting and preserving them from deterioration and loss.

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