Nigeria Muslim Students Tutored on Leadership

SHAFAQNA - Thousands of Muslim students, secondary school graduates and professionals will participate in a week of leadership training and holiday coaching in Lagos next week, organized by the Muslim Students Society (MSSN) of Nigeria.

“We are holding leadership training sessions and holiday tutorials for students,” MSSN president Kamil Kalejaiye, told

Kalejaiye added that the event will also feature lectures on societal issues, tutorials in core subjects of math and English, as well as competitions among the students, sports and many other activities.

The event, “Standing Out” is set to begin on Saturday, July 25, concluding on Friday, July 31. Organizers anticipate at least two thousand participants. Also on hand will be an array of top Muslim scholars offering talks on leadership in Islam and how young Muslims can make the most of opportunities around them.

“We are expecting up to 2,000 students from across schools, structured into three classes,” Kalejaiye said.

“We [will] 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 [or] two intermediate classes for JSS3 and Senior Secondary School (SS), and then the upper class SS2 and SS3 students.”

Da`wah classes will also be offered for students of older age.

“We have two other classes for students of tertiary institutions. We call that Da’wah Classes. One for [secondary school graduates], 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 will include Alhaji AbdulHakeem AbdulAzeez of the Nigerian office of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), Dr Lookman Rahimi, a director at the Centre for Entrepreneurship Yaba College of Technology, and Dr. Saeed Salmon from the Department of Students Affairs of the Yaba College of Technology.

Stand Out

Speaking on the theme of the program, Kalejaiye said helping young Muslims to excel is imperative in view of the challenges faced by youth in the 21st century.

“The theme of the leadership session is ‘Standing Out.’ When you look at society today, there are so many 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 the opportunity to elevate themselves 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, constituting 55 and 40 percent of Nigeria’s 140 million population, respectively, enjoy a peaceful coexistence.

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