Nigerians must unite against insecurity – JNI

By Tony Akowe
In Nigeria
Apr 15th, 2014
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The Muslim umbrella body in the north, the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) rose from its Central Council Meeting Monday and resolved that Nigerians, irrespective of religious or tribal affiliation must join hands with the government to address the current security challenge in the country.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting which also coincided with the 50th anniversary celebration of the body, the Council which has the Sultan of Sokoto as President General lamented that the country was gradually turning into a theatre of bloodbath.

It also lamented the increase in street begging by young and vulnerable children in the name of Qur’anic education and pledged to collaborate with the government in the running of Almajiri schools in the north.

The communiqué which was signed by the Secretary General of the organization, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, reads in part: “That the country is being turned into a theatre of bloodshed which requires putting heads together to bring an end to the menace of senseless violence and killings.

“That the phenomenon of street begging by young and vulnerable children in the name of Qur’anic education still thrives and remains an eyesore and a menace that continues to tarnish the image of the Muslim Ummah.

“That while education is one of the most important tools for national development, it has not received the desired attention and commitment. For any organization to function effectively, especially in the modern world, it must have reliable and sustainable sources of financing its activities.

“That the inclusive leadership style of His Eminence the Sultan has gone far in uniting the Muslims in Nigeria and promoting among them the culture and spirit of mutual respect, tolerance and understanding.

The organization resolved to call on government at all levels to take necessary measures to provide security to all the citizens by working hand in hand with traditional and religious Leaders, while Nigerians should put sentiments aside to confront the challenge of insecurity through concerted efforts.

It also resolved that “the Ummah should focus most on establishing zakat and Awqaf institutions and ensure their proper management in order to achieve poverty alleviation and economic development.

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