Stop Linking Herdsmen With Benue Killings, JNI Tells CAN, Others

The Umbrella body of Muslims in Nigeria, Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI) says it is absurd and wicked for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to blame Fulani herdsmen for the recent murder of over 70 persons in Benue State and other parts of the country.

Addressing a news conference in Kaduna, the Secretary General of JNI, Dr Khalid Abubakar, cautioned CAN against labelling crimes or criminals in religious and ethnic lines, saying that crime no matter the identity of the perpetrator is condemnable and abominable.

Furthermore, Abubakar accused the Adamawa and Taraba state governments of keeping quiet when according to him, over 900 Fulani Muslims were massacred by Christian Militia in Numan local government area of Adamawa and Mambila in Taraba states respectively.

The Muslim body also condemned in strong terms the incessant attacks on innocent citizens by gunmen, and therefore called on the relevant security agencies to arrest the perpetrators of the heinous act.

He also asked security agencies to carry out a thorough investigation on the sources of arms of the Live Stock Guards in Benue state who he alleged to have intimidated, extorted and forceful confiscated cows belonging to Fulani herdsmen as well as carried out extra judicial killings on innocent citizens since November 2017.

“Government should be seen to be proactive on these security matters. The re-occurrence of security upheavals (kidnappings, armed robberies, rising bombs/attack of Boko Haram insurgents and ethnic violence here and there) in Nigeria is alarming, and there is urgent need for redress.

“Citizens are becoming more and more agitated,” he stated.

CAN, JNI Ask Govt. To Arrest Masterminds Of Southern Kaduna Killings

Herdsmen Kill One, Injure Three In Adamawa StateThe Kaduna State chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Jama’atu Nasrul Islam (JNI), have called on the state government and security agencies to arrest and prosecute those responsible for the attacks in the southern part of the state.

The groups also appealed to citizens in the state not to engage in any form of reprisal attacks as doing so would only worsen the situation.

They made their positions known during a peace advocacy visit to their offices by officials of the state government.

In his remarks, the Secretary General of CAN in Kaduna state, Sunday Ibrahim, asked the state and federal governments to prosecute whoever is involved in the crisis, and urge Christians to ignore those pushing them to carry out reprisal attacks.

He advised the people of the southern Kaduna not allow their territory to be turned into another theatre of war, which he says is just like what is happening in the North East.

“Without peace there will be no meaningful development in any society. I believe one day it will be history, I believe this government will prosecute whoever is involved and the perpetrators should face the full wrath of the law.”

The state JNI Secretary, Ibrahim Kufaina, on the other hand, urged all religious leaders to preach support for the ongoing effort to restore security in southern Kaduna by preaching peace and religious tolerance to their followers.

Mr Kufaina urged religious leaders to stop heating up the polity with hate messages and to rather engage in preaching reconciliation, peaceful coexistence and forgiveness.

“It is our duty to preach peace and according to our religion, any true Muslim will not engage in crisis or killing of a fellow human being.

“We read about some religious leaders giving out figures of victims, but we didn’t give figures to the press because it may create further crisis and tension,” he said.

A former Spokesman to the State Government, Ahmad Maiyaki, also emphasized the importance of peace to the development of the state.

He also called for the review of the penal code to provide severe punishment to perpetrators of such crisis, to deter others with similar intent.

“Any religious leader preaching hate and division is not representing his followers, but he is representing the Devil.

“The persistent crisis in Kaduna state which started before this government has slowed the development of the state.

“Looking at the heterogeneous nature of people, they look at religious leaders for guidance, as such clerics should preach peaceful co-existence.”

He also appealed to politicians to stop making capital out of such crisis, as it was the people that become the greatest losers.

In his comment, spokesman to the Kaduna state government, Samuel Aruwan appeals to religious leaders to support the ongoing effort by government in ensuring that peace and security return to southern Kaduna.

“The government will continue to engage traditional rulers, religious and community leaders, as well as other critical stakeholder in the search for lasting peace in southern Kaduna and all parts of the state.

“We are here on a peace advocacy visit to CAN and JNI, and to also appreciate our religious bodies in Kaduna state for the roles they are playing to end this crisis.

“We hold religious bodies in high esteem and we appreciate their role in peace building and to ask them to do more for our people to live in peace.”

The killings in Southern Kaduna has continued to attract reactions within and outside Nigeria.

There is therefore hope that advocacy meetings such as this one, will perhaps give room for the religious leaders to talk to their people on the need for all of them to drop their arms and embrace peace

Kaduna Govt Holds Round Table Forum Over Religious Preaching Bill

Kaduna-Religious-Preaching-Bill-Preaching-Regulation-LawThe Kaduna State government has organised a roundtable forum for stakeholders to make their inputs on Religious Preaching Bill.

The government held the interactive forum before the passage of the bill by the Kaduna State House of Assembly, sequel to the criticisms that have trailed the proposed religious preaching regulation law.

The bill, which has been attracting opposition from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Jamatul Nasril Islam (JNI), had already scaled through second reading in the floor of the State Assembly.

The governor represented by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, highlighted the importance of the bill.

Addressing stakeholders at the forum, the Director General of Kaduna State Inter-Faith Centre, Namadi Musa, said the proposed religious bill was not in any way intended to oppress religious groups.

He added that it was not aimed at preventing them from freedom of worship or association, explaining that the bill was aimed at protecting them against extremism and religious intolerance.

However, the religious stakeholders at the round table forum seemed not to be comfortable with the religious preaching regulation law bill.

The Secretary General of CAN, Kaduna State, Reverend Sunday Ibrahim, and the Secretary of the Christian Lawyers Fellowship in Kaduna State, Kalu Ifeanyichukwu, described the bill as unconstitutional and capable of fueling crisis in the state if not handled with caution.

They called for a thorough review of the bill in order to remove all contentious issues such as the regulation of preaching in churches and mosques, as well as the alleged move to license preachers.

The convener of the meeting, Maji Peterx, said that engaging critical stakeholders in such meetings was paramount in resolving all the contentious issues and suspicions about the bill.

According to him, such meetings would be conducted across the three senatorial zones of the state, to enable other stakeholders make their inputs before the passage of the bill.

Niger State Governor Calls For Religious Tolerance

NigerGovernor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State has called for peace, tolerance and harmony among religious leaders and followers in the state.

Addressing religious leaders of various denominations at government house on Monday in Minna, Bello expressed the need for all, irrespective of their faith, to tolerate one another and continue to co-habit peacefully.

He said that securing the lives of the people and protecting their properties was the primary responsibility of this government.

Adding that achieving such could not be possible without the support and cooperation of the religious leaders.

The Special Adviser to the Governor on Religious Matters, Tanko Baba Ahmed, then appealed to all religious bodies and groups in the state to carry out their activities, ensuring strict adherence to the law.

He urged the clergymen to use their pulpit and rostrum to preach peace and tolerance to their followers.

He stated that peace in its originality, as well as the establishment of religious fraternity was in the hands of the clergymen hence the need for the interface between them and the government.

Briefing Journalists shortly afterwards, the representatives of Jama’atu Nasrul Islam (JNI), Alhaji Umar Usman and that of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Musa S. Dada appreciated the Governor for taking a proactive step in the sustenance of peace and stability in the state.

The religious leaders gave the assurance that the message of peace, tolerance and need to be security conscious would be extended to their followers. They described the Governor as humble, truthful and God-fearing.

Sultan Seeks Investigation Of Saudi Stampede

sultan of sokoto on saudi stampedeThe President General of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, has called on the Saudi Arabian Government to investigate the cause of the stampede in which 768 pilgrims died in Mina, Saudi Arabia, during the stoning of the devil.

In a statement issued on his behalf by Secretary-General of the JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar-Aliyu, in Kaduna, the Sultan descibed the stampede as ‘one tragedy too many’.

Alhaji Abubakar condoled with the families of the victims of the tragedy, also calling on Muslims never to be deterred by the tragedy, but remain steadfast, despite the challenges confronting them.

While commending the Saudi authorities for the steps they have taken so far to make the Hajj operation a success, the statement maintains that an investigation into the stampede has become necessary to guard against a recurrence.

The incident occurred on Thursday, September 24 on Street 204 of the camp city at Mina, a few kilometers east of Mecca, where pilgrims stay for several days during the climax of the Hajj.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have described the stampede as one that was beyond human control.

Islamic Group Condemns Killings By Boko Haram

Islamic Group Condemns Boko Haram KillingsAn Islamic Group, Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), has condemned the recent killing of innocent citizens in north-east Nigeria at various places of worship by the Boko Haram sect.

The group led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, described the terrorists’ increasing attacks in Maiduguri, Borno State, Damaturu in Yobe State and Jos in Plateau State as ungodly and un-Islamic.

The groups statement was conveyed by the Secretary General of the JNI, Dr Khalid Abubakar, in a statement issued on Monday.

They commended the Federal Government’s efforts in curbing the insurgency, in relation to its prompt interventions.

The group also urged the Federal Government to ensure thorough forensic findings and investigations on the increasing serial attacks on innocent citizens.

Describing the repeated bloody attacks as evil and ridiculous, especially as they are happening during the month of Ramadan, the JNI dissociated the Muslim community from the activities of the militant group, emphasising that killing of innocent people had no basis in Islam.

“The barbaric attacks are utterly condemnable in the strongest terms. The sad aspect of the attacks is that they are perpetrated in the revered month of Ramadan. It is hardly believable that such dastardly acts could occur now,” the group stressed.

They further queried why the security operatives in Maiduguri failed to repel or arrest the attackers despite the several distress calls put across to the appropriate authorities in the city.

Nevertheless, the JNI called on military authorities in the affected areas to fish out perpetrators of the bloody attacks and make them face the full wrath of the law

Islamic Group Says Boko Haram Is Crippling Nigeria’s Economy

BokoHaram-WIT-GUNS 1The Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI) says for peace and progress to be restored back in Nigeria, Government at all levels must wake up to their fundamental Constitutional responsibilities of providing adequate security to the citizens so as to stop the increasing human bombings and killings by the Boko Haram sect.

In a communique issued by the group’s Secretary General, Dr Khalid Abubakar, at the end of its one day security meeting chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto in Kaduna on Wednesday, the forum noted that the current security challenges bedeviling the country persisted largely as a result of the inability of Government to deploy effective strategies to tackle them.

The group also identified endemic corruption, social injustice and flagrant disregard of the rule of law as contributing factors to the security challenges in the nation’s north-east.

It expressed fears that the economic base and development of Nigeria were being systematically and grossly crippled by all forms of insurgencies, from Boko Haram to Cattle Rustling, Oil Bunkering/Theft and other Militant activities.

It expressed concern that the low morale of troops due to inadequate welfare, lack of desired weaponry and failure of Intelligence among other reasons are severely hindering the fight against insurgency.

The Islamic Umbrella body in Nigeria further stated that despite the devastation being caused by the incessant sophisticated bombings evidenced by huge losses of innocent lives and gross destruction of properties, politicians at all levels had regrettably showed very scanty or no concern about the national predicament and anguish, while they were at the same time busy with their political campaigns.

The forum called on the government to consider other alternative means of finding final solution to the prevailing violence and insurgency in the country, such as infrastructural development, youth employment programs and stepping-up the dialogue option, rather than depending on force alone since it has so far proved to be ineffective.

It also emphasised the urgent need to deploy necessary Intelligence and Security measures to curtail or possibly stop the illegal importation and proliferation of arms and ammunition that was contributing to the escalation of insurgency and other related criminal activities in the country.

It urged the government to also ensure that the welfare and benefits of troops and other security personnel, who are deceased, wounded or alive on active service, should be appropriately and speedily attended to.

VIDEO: Jonathan’s Treatment To Muslims Will Determine 2015 Election – Sultan

Politicians thinking of getting the Muslim vote in 2015 have been told that performance in their present capacity would be the main determinant.

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Abubakar Sa’ad (III), who is also the spiritual leader of the Muslims in the country told a gathering of Muslims on Sunday that the Jamatrul Nasril Islam (JNI) will evaluate the performance of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration as it relates to the condition and welfare of Muslims in the country before taking a common position on the 2015 presidential election.

The Sultan believes the position is taken by the Islamic body to ascertain if the President has treated Muslims fairly as he promised Islamic leaders during his electioneering campaign in 2011 before seeking for a re-election in 2015.

Jamatu Naril Islam Backs State Of Emergency

The Jamatu Naril Islam (JNI) on Wednesday joined calls supporting the state of emergency declared in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa States by President Goodluck Jonathan, saying that it is a welcome development as long as the military officers carry out their orders by adhering strictly to the rules of engagement.

Secretary General of the Islamic body, Dr Kahlid Abubakar, in an interview with Channels Television in Kaduna, although expressed fears that the situation in the three states had been volatile and unwholesome without an emergency, he called on the troops deployed to the areas to maintain professionalism and allow the rule of law to prevail.

He urged the federal government not to discontinue dialogue with members of Boko Haram despite the emergency rule, adding that the two (state of emergency and amnesty) are all geared towards restoration of peace in the North.

The JNI scribe, however, expressed optimism that the members of the sect will embrace the amnesty option by the federal government whenever it is offered to them.

Sultan Demands Amnesty For Boko Haram

The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Mohammad Saad Abubakar has urged President Goodluck Jonathan to declare amnesty for the members of the fundamentalist sect, Boko Haram, as part of the measures to halt the insurgency by the group.

The Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar

The Sultan who is also the President-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, gave the advice at the central council meeting of Jamatrul Nasril Islam (JNI) in Kaduna on Tuesday, where he expressed his deep concerns over the spate of bomb attacks and kidnappings by terrorists in parts of the country.

According to the Sultan, who chaired the meeting, extending amnesty to the sect members will pave way for dialogue between the sect and the federal government.

Making reference to a similar amnesty declared for militants in the Niger Delta, the Sultan stated that “the type of amnesty that ended militants’ unrest in the Niger Delta will be suitable for the North.”

He added: “Initiating a restoration and rehabilitation programme that would integrate the terrorists into the larger society will pave way for dialogue rather than engaging them in an endless war.”

Sultan Abubakar noted that the amnesty will enable the sect members lay down their arms rather than the on-going military tactic by the massive deployment of the Joint Task Force (JTF) to the northern part of the country.

The Federal Government had in 2008 declared amnesty for militants in the Niger-Delta following years of incessant bomb attacks on oil installations and kidnapping of oil workers. The amnesty which involved monthly payment and skill acquisition for the former militants abroad has since restored peace in the region and increased Nigeria’s crude oil production.

The Sultan’s demand is similar to the one made by the Northern Elders Forum during its meeting in Kano last year. At the meeting, the forum sought for amnesty for the Boko Haram members as it was done with the militants from the Niger Delta region during the late Umaru Musa Yar’adua administration.

Condemning the state of insecurity across the country, the Islamic leader attributed the security challenges to the injustice meted against the masses by political leaders which resulted in the taking up of arms by various groups.

Boko Haram has been staging insurgency attacks against the Nigerian government, demanding for an imposition of Sharia Law across the country. The insurgency attack is reported to have claimed over 3,000 civilian lives.

Polio Attacks

On polio outbreak and other epidemics in some states in the North, the Sultan said JNI will continue to work with the Ministry of Health and other relevant agencies to ensure that children in the region are immunised against such deadly diseases.

Also speaking, the Minister of State for Health, Mr. Mohammed Pate, condemned the recent killing of nine health workers in Kano and lamented that most parents in the North are yet to accept immunisation for their children. This situation, he said, has hindered the eradication of polio in the country.

Nigeria, Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries in the world where polio still exists.

The conference hall of the JNI headquarters in Kaduna was filled to capacity with prominent Islamic scholars and leaders from across the country, converging to discuss issues affecting Muslims and the country at large.

Nigerian Army denies ethno-religious undertone in Jaji’s redeployment

The director of Military Intelligence, Major General Ahmed Jibrin, has explained that the redeployment of two commanders at the Armed Forces Command and Staff College, Jaji Kaduna state had no undertones of any kind.

He says contrary to speculations by some groups that the redeployment had ethno-religious undertones; it was a measure to pave way for the investigation set up by the military into the bomb blasts that rocked the Saint Andrews Protestant Church at the cantonment.

The defence headquarters had ordered the re-deployment of the Commandant of the College, Air -Vice Marshall Abdullahi Kure, and the Corps Commander infantry; Major General Muhammad Isa, following the incident on November the 25th.

Meanwhile leading religious organisations in the country have also disagreed on the re-deployment.

The Jama’tu Nasril Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) differed over the removal of the army officers following the bombing of the church inside the military cantonment.

JNI’s Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Aliyu while condemning the Jaji blasts said the military authorities were in a haste to remove the two officers when the panel investigating the incident is yet to submit its report.

On his part, the chairman of the CAN, Kaduna state chapter, Reverend Samuel Kujiyat said the removal is in order considering the embarrassment the bomb attack caused the military and the country in general.

He added that no group or religion should give any ethno-religious interpretation to their removal.