By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
A consortium of Islamic clerics and Arabic scholars yesterday, at the Lagos State Secretariat Central Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja, showered prayers on The Sun Publishing Company on the occasion of the papers 10th anniversary. Members of the companies Muslim Community, led by their leader and the Business Development Manager, Alhaji Ademola Abioye, were at the mosque for a special Jumat prayer to thank the almighty Allah for the journey so far.
The leading Imam, Sheikh Sa’adullahi Bello Olohunlalaro, who thanked God for the paper’s survival and success, attributed its instance acceptability in the market to the glory of God and the paper’s uniqueness in objectivity. The cleric, who commended the paper for its fairness to all however, warned: “Under no circumstance should you derail or lose focus from the ethics of journalistic profession.
The ethics of your profession are in line with dine injunctions in the glorious Qur’an.” According to him, the height the paper has attained in 10 years was enviable, empasising: “That must have been as a result of its board of management,” which he suspected might be God-fearing and just to all. The cleric therefore, warned the paper’s managers not to allow “anybody, within your employ, to use his or her pen to tarnish anybody’s reputation,” adding: “Since no condition is permanent and that power is transient, someone with the pen today can be at the receiving end tomorrow.”
In his respond, on behalf of the Management of The Sun, D Abioye thanked the clerics and the mosque committee “for the warm reception accord our team,” assuring that “the Management would ensure that the paper maintains its leadership in the newspaper industry with fear of God, with a view to making the society better.”
Other members of The Sun Muslim Community present at the special prayer were its Chairman, Alhaji Abdulfatah Oladeinde; Chief Imam, Alhaji Abdur-Razaq Bamidele; Deputy News Editor, Alhaji Sina Ayekoti; Photo Editor, Alhaji Moshood Raji; Head of Judiciary Desk, Alhaji Dawud Akeeb Alarape; the Community’s General Secretary, Mallam Kanabe Zubair; Daily Editor’s Secretary, Alhaja Eletu and Abdur-Rasheed Mustapha of the Audit Department, among others.