- Muhammadu Buhari was listed among worlds' 500 most influential Muslims in the world, by “The Muslim 500"
- Buhari joins the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar III and Sheikh Ibrahim Salih as the only Nigerians who made the top 50 list
- The publication measured influence to include; any person who has the power to make a change that will have a significant impact on the Muslim world
Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has been named among the most powerful Muslims in the world.
The list of the most powerful Muslims globally was released in a publication “The Muslim 500: The World’s 500 Most Influential Muslims.”
The president was chosen on his past military career, anti-corruption credentials, economy and infrastructure, environment, and COVID-19
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Other criteria include having a sense of belonging to Muslim community worldwide, and influence.
Renowned Maiduguri based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Salih and Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar III made the top 50 list.
Apart from being citizens of their respective countries, those recognised also have a sense of belonging to Muslim community worldwide.
Other Nigerians on the list include HRH Aminu Ado Bayero, Sheikh Dahiru Bauchi, Sheikh Yakubu Musa Katsina, Sheikh Ibrahim Zakzaky, and Alhaji Aliko Dangote.
What social media users are saying
The news has stirred reactions from Nigerians after Bashir Ahmad, the personal assistant on new media to President Buhari made a post on social media.
Legit.ng gathered some reactions from Facebook.
Amos Chukwujekwu said:
"Nigerians are good in all ramifications."
Sheikh Muhammad Abba Ari said:
"I stand with Buhari."
Abbas Alfullaty said:
"Sincerely, Shiekh Zakzaky deserved it."
Paul Ishaku Shallangwa
"Congratulations to him."
Tukur Cheudo Cheudo
President Buhari bags nation builder award in UK
Meanwhile, President Buhari bagged the Nation Builder Award at an event organised by the All Progressives Congress, United Kingdom chapter, to celebrate Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary in London.
The chapter’s Publicity Secretary, Jacob Ogunseye, said this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Sunday in Abuja.
He said that the party’s National Leader, Bola Tinubu, was also nominated for the Leadership Award at the event held on October 2, at Dorchester Hotel, London, UK.