ACHOLI REGION: The Acholi District Muslim Khadi, Sheikh Musa Khalil, has encouraged the Muslim faithful to exploit the current rainy season to carry out farming.
Sheikh Khalil says whereas other parts of the world are facing drought, making farming impossible, the country is blessed with abundant rainfall that should be put to good use for agriculture.
Due to the favourable climate and fertile soil, agriculture remains the region’s economic backbone, employing millions of locals.
Sheikh Khalil made the remarks on Monday while speaking in an interview with journalists on the sidelines of Eid-al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of Ramadan on Monday at Gulu Public Primary School in Gulu City.
He also sent out a strong message to discourage Muslims and other members of the community from destroying the environment, which has over the years had a negative impact on the environment.
According to Khali, many hectares of natural trees are being cut in the region, especially in the districts of Nwoya and Amuru, which are unregulated for charcoal and timber businesses.
Sheikh Khalil also used the opportunity to warn Muslims against involving themselves in terrorist acts in the name of Islam, arguing that the religion doesn’t associate with extremism.
He condemned the actions of extremist groups such as the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) operating in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Boko Haram in West Africa for waging atrocities on innocent civilians in the name of Islam.
Today’s prayers attracted hundreds of Muslim faithful, both young and old, within and outside Gulu city. Some of those who spoke to Uganda Radio Network called on world leaders to reign in the current instability in Ukraine that has since seen its impact hit hard on the world economy.
Rubangakene Ahmed, a local businessman, says there is a need for world power to intervene and rescue Ukraine from the current attacks by Russia to stabilise the growing prices of commodities.
If what our government is telling us about increasing prices of goods being attributed to the Ukraine-Russian war is true, then it’s important that world leaders intervene and stop it. Prices are high and life is hard now, “he says.”
The war in Ukraine started in February this year after the Russian army invaded Ukraine’s territory and has since dealt a major blow to the global economy.