Nigerian Muslim Students Tutored on Leadership

Thousands of Muslim students, school leavers and professionals are to partake in a week-long leadership training and holiday coaching in Lagos next week, organizers have told

"We are holding leadership training session and holiday tutorials for students," Kamil Kalejaiye, president of the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria which is organizing the program, told

"There is going to be lectures on issues in our society, tutorials in core subjects of math and English. There is going to be competitions among the students, sports and many other activities."

Scheduled from July 25 to 31, the 'Standing Out' event is expected to draw at least two thousands participants and an array of top Muslim scholars who would give talks on leadership in Islam and how young Muslims can make the most of opportunities around them.

"We are expecting up to 2000 students from across schools, structured into three classes," Kalejaiye said.

"We have a class for primary schools, whose session we call the future leaders. We also have secondary students who would be divided into three classes.

"Lower classes for Junior Secondary School (JSS) one and two intermediate class for JSS 3 and Senior Secondary School (SS) and then the upper class SS2 and SS3 students."

Classes would also offer Da`wah for students of older age.

"We have two other classes for students of tertiary institutions. We call that Da'wah Classes. One for school leavers, that is those just leaving secondary school, while the other one will be for university students and professionals," Kalejaiye added.

The MSSN holiday coaching comes as primary and secondary schools across Nigeria embark on the third term vacation which normally spans at least two months. The next school calendar begins in September.

Speakers at the event include Alhaji AbdulHakeem AbdulAzeez of the Nigerian office of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY); Dr Lookman Rahimi who is a director Centre for Entrepreneurship Yaba College of Technology, and Dr Saeed Salmon from Dept of Students Affairs of the Yaba College of Technology.

Stand Out

Speaking on the theme of the program, the MSSN chief said helping young Muslims to excel become imperative in view of the challenges of the 21st century and the competitions that come with it.

"The theme of the leadership session is 'Standing Out.' When you look at the society today, there are so much challenges and issues that can dissuade people from pursuing their objectives in life," he said.

"So this session is to teach them how they can rise above these issues and problems to be what they want to be and stand out among their peers. They do not need to follow the crowd."

These classes are also planned to offer Nigeria Muslim students to elevate and compete with their peers from other countries.

"As Muslims we can be unique among our peers. If China, Malaysia and Singapore could rise to where they are today as a result of visionary leadership, similarly as individuals we can also stand out despite all the challenges," Kalejaiye said.

"We want Muslim students to also think and know they can rise above the challenges and barriers. That is the essence of this session. We want them to rise above barriers."

Nigeria, one of the world's most religiously committed nations, is divided between a Muslim north and a Christian south.

Muslims and Christians, who constitute 55 and 40 percent of Nigeria's 140 million population respectively, have lived in peace for the most part.


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