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President Muhammadu Buhari, the Sultan of Sokoto, Saád Abubakar III and Maiduguri-based Islamic cleric, Sheikh Ibrahim Saleh have been listed among world’s 50 most influential Muslim leaders.
According to the publication, there are 1.7 billion Muslims in the world today, making up approximately 23 per cent of the world’s population or one-fifth of mankind.
President Buhari was listed as the Number 20, while the Sultan and Sheikh Saleh are listed as numbers 24 and 38 respectively.
In a short citation, The Muslim 500 recognised Buhari’s past military career, his anti-corruption credentials and his promise and subsequent efforts to deal with the insurgent group, Boko Haram.
The citation reads, “President Buhari was the first chairman of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and was the mastermind behind the construction of 20 oil depots throughout Nigeria, a project involving over 3200 kilometres of pipelines,” the magazine said. “Both the Warri and Kaduna refineries were built under his leadership. He also established the blueprints for the country’s petro-chemical and liquefied natural gas programmes”.
On environment, it said Buhari is “an active environmentalist who has drafted several plans to preserve wildlife in Nigeria. He has also exerted great efforts on the conservation of nature in Nigeria; such as controlling the logging industry whereby he has ensured that double the number of trees felled are replaced by loggers. He has also worked on restricting the Ecological Fund Office so it can deliver on environmental challenges.”