The first two examples also point to the fact that the lists, and especially the Top 50, are dominated by religious scholars and heads of state.
The Muslim 500, a publication that reports and highlights the contributions of powerful Muslims across the globe, has listed President Buhari as the 20th most powerful Muslim in the world.
Some Nigerians who also made the list, are the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar and a Borno State-Islamic cleric, Sheik Ibrahim Saleh, who were listed as 24th and 38th respectively.
In a statement, the publication said “Note that the impact can be either positive or negative, depending on one’s point of view of course. The selection of people for this publication in no way means that we endorse their views; rather we are simply trying to measure their influence. The influence can be of a religious scholar directly addressing Muslims and influencing their beliefs, ideas and behaviour, or it can be of a ruler shaping the socio-economic factors within which people live their lives, or of artists shaping popular culture.”
Adding that “The first two examples also point to the fact that the lists, and especially the Top 50, are dominated by religious scholars and heads of state. Their dominant and lasting influence cannot be denied, especially the rulers, who in many cases also appoint religious scholars to their respective positions.”
Congratulations, Mr President.