Ensure free, fair, peaceful and credible general elections in 2023, NSCIA urges FG


… Appreciates Marwa for excellent job at NDLEA

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA has called on the Federal Government to ensure free, fair, peaceful and credible general elections in 2023 by providing the necessary environment through adequate voter mobilisation and appropriate security measures.

This was contained in a communique issued in Abuja on Wednesday at the end of the special extraordinary meeting of the Expanded General Purpose Committee (EGPC) of NSCIA by the Secretary General, NSCIA, Prof. Is-haq O. Oloyede and the Director of Administration, NSCIA, Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu.

While urging Muslims to Muslims collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) as evidence had revealed that many Muslims who registered were yet to collect their cards, NSCIA observed that Nigerians should freely choose the best candidates and vote those who would lead with justice, fairness and righteousness.

The body noted that Nigerians should evolve a standard process of electing not only eligible candidates but also suitable ones because the eligibility criteria were too general to the extent that unsuitable people ultimately get elected to the positions of authority.

“In essence, there is an urgent need to raise the bar of leadership in Nigeria beyond basic qualifications. The Committee directed all Muslims to pray fervently to the Almighty Allah for peace,
security and wellbeing of Nigeria and for the success of the 2023 elections and the population census”, it added.

NSCIA in the communique also appreciated General Buba Marwa for the excellent job he was doing at the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA and urged government at all levels to provide more equipment and morale boosting programmes to support the agency in its noble and strategic mission.

“It should be noted that there is high correlation between drug abuse and violent crimes, including kidnapping and banditry. Parents, muslims in particular, should be watchful of their children, spouses and relatives. They should not hesitate or feel ashamed at any time to expose any drug abuser for timely attention”, the body admonished.

NSCIA, however, advised that more Muslims should establish private universities for the educational development of Nigeria as a whole and Islam in particular as according to it, “Muslim students in some private universities owned by non-Muslims are being subjected to religious victimisation and oppression.”

While recalling that the Supreme Court of Nigeria had affirmed the legality, legitimacy and rights of Muslims to hijab in compliance with Section 38, Subsection 1 of the Nigerian Constitution (as amended), the body maintained that Muslim women should feel free to wear their hijab even as it insisted that no person or institution should discriminate against them.

“The Committee condemned the negative activities of ‘accidental Imams’ and ‘emergency Sheikhs’ who promote hatred, disunity and dissension in their mosques and on the social media. The Committee also warned Muslims to be wary of their antics as they do not represent Islam or Muslims.

“The Committee called on the federal government to make available financial empowerment opportunities in the country and thereby tackle the challenges of poverty and unemployment in the society. It also enjoined Muslims to key into the available opportunities.

“As Muslims are being profiled and killed in what appears as ethno-religious cleansing in the South East by some non-Muslims which is evident in the recent confessions by some
individuals, the Committee called on security agencies to do more to protect the lives and properties of Muslims and bring the perpetrators of such killings to justice.

“The Committee expressed serious concern about the general insecurity manifesting in terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and ritual killings all over country. It also called on the federal and state governments to work harder on securing Nigeria from the rampaging criminals.

“The Committee commended the leadership of its President-General and Sultan of Sokoto, the two Deputies President-General, the Secretary General and the Secretariat in representing and defending the interest of the Nigerian Muslim community.

“The Committee received with utter shock the news of the death of some Muslim sisters who were involved in a ghastly accident in Shagamu, Ogun state, on their way to a training programme. The Committee commiserated with the late sisters’ families, their organisation
and the Muslim ummah at large while praying that Allah admit the deceased to Aljannah Firdaos and grant the injured complete recovery”, the communique partly read.

The meeting was presided over by the President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar IV, CFR, mni.

It was attended by Muslim leaders across the country including the Deputy President General, NSCIA (South), Alh. Rasaki Oladejo; Secretary General, NSCIA, Prof. Is-haq Oloyede, CON; the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Alh. Yayale Ahmed, CFR; the Secretary-General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), Dr. Khalid Aliyu; the Executive Secretary of the Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN), Prof. Muslih T. Yahaya; many Senior Advocates of Nigeria; senior Academics; Traditional Rulers; top executives; other eminent personalities and leaders of Islamic organisations from different parts of the country.

Photo: President-General of NSCIA and Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar IV, CFR, mni.

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