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Nigeria: JNI Calls On Insurgents to Accept Dialogue

| July 4, 2013 More

Kaduna — The Jama’atu Nasirul Islam (JNI) yesterday called upon the insurgents to tread the path of peace and accept dialogue as offered by the Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North.

The JNI made the appeal yesterday in a communiqué at the end of a two-day National Conference in Kaduna.

The communiqué also alleged that Muslims in the country are being marginalised in almost all strategic government establishments, organisations and institutions in the country.

The conference held under the chairmanship of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad, called for the review of the lopsidedness and that the rule of law must be upheld and respected.

The communiqué jointly signed by the Chairman, Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Prof. Sambo W. Junaidu and the Secretary General, JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu urged the government to protect the rights of its people with a great sense of equity and justice so as to entrench peaceful coexistence and inter-religious harmony in the country.

The communiqué said government’s refusal to institute judicial process of inquiry or prosecution of people accused of perpetrating violence is an abdication of responsibility that smacks of insensitivity in governance.

As a result of the inaction, it said, aggressions against Muslims and displacement of their communities has continued unabatedly as being witnessed in Borno, Taraba and Plateau states.

“Besides the continuous aggression against Muslims mentioned above, both the Federal Government of Nigeria and respective State Governments have continued to show indifference and non-challant attitude towards resettling and rehabilitating displaced Muslim communities in Tafawa-Balewa in Bauchi State and Zonkwa in Kaduna State.

“That persistently, both government and the media, locally and internationally, have continued to play double standards in ascribing terrorism to Islam only, whereas when similar acts are committed by people of other faiths such are not ascribed to their religions,” they said.

According to the Muslim leaders, anybody found culpable of perpetrating violence and aggression against peace loving Nigerians must be brought to book without partiality.

To promote sound knowledge, moral and character training among the youth, JNI called on the government to make religious education compulsory in the education system, especially at the primary and secondary school levels.

The body also said that the government and the media, locally and internationally, have continued to play double standards in ascribing terrorism to Islam only, whereas when similar acts are committed by people of other faiths such are not ascribed to their religions.

It also frowned at the continuous mixing up of males and females in the National Youth Service Scheme physical exercises at Orientation Camps smacks of disrespect, for Islamic tenets and disregard for Muslims’ sensibilities.

Those who attended the meeting are the Shehu of Borno, Alhaji Abubakar bn Umar Gabai Elkanemi, Etsu Nupe Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Emir of Katisna Alhaji Abdulmumini Kabir Usman and many other notable traditional and religious leaders in the country

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