JNI Cautions Military Against Excessive Use Of Force

JNI Cautions Military Against Excessive Use Of ForceThe Jamatu Nasril Islam (JNI) led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar, has cautioned the military against the excessive use of force against unarmed members of the public in order to avoid colossal loss of lives and property.

This is in reaction to the bloody clash between members of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and soldiers that left scores of people dead in Zaria, Kaduna State.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by its Secretary General, Dr Khalid Abubakar, the group emphasised that the clash was avoidable if the army had applied the internationally established convention of rules of engagement in dealing with the situation, rather than using excessive force that led to loss of lives and property.

JNI called on the Federal Government to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the clash.

According to the group, investigating the cause of the unfortunate incident and apportioning blames where necessary, would forestall a re-occurrence of such in the future.

While describing the dispute between the Shiites and the Nigerian Army as unfortunate, the group noted that the incident had created apprehension and pandemonium in Kaduna State.

The JNI said: “After following the events as they unfolded, we reiterate, in line with our previous related releases that life is sacred and must be treated as such. And, restraint should always be exercised in the course of discharging one’s civil, official and or religious duties”.

“It is against this background that JNI commiserates with the people of Zazzau over the unfortunate incident and call on all and sundry to take time and ponder over the many overwhelming challenges within the context of fairness and objectivity. We believe that it is high time all Nigerians come together, think together and take positive steps towards salvaging the quandary of insecurity in our dear country.”

“We must all view the insecurity quagmire as a challenge to all Nigerians, regardless of any parochial consideration. Similarly, members of the public should always recognize and operate within the ambit of law and order as provided by the laws of the land as well as our religious texts. In the same vein, the JNI implores the media to be wary of sensational reportage that is capable of plunging the nation into yet another avoidable crisis, (may Allah forbid, Amin).

“Furthermore, JNI commends the Federal Government for instituting a fact finding delegation, under the leadership of the Minister of Interior, for an on the spot assessment, it also implores the Government to institute an enquiry into the Zaria upheaval, to unravel its remote and immediate causes, so as to forestall future occurrence,” JNI said in the statement.

Babalakin Offers Free Eye Treatment to Patients in Kaduna

BabalakinA Non Governmental Organization (NGO), Ramatu Ibironke Babalakin Foundation, has offered free eye screening and surgery for over 10,000 Nigerians afflicted with Cataract and Pterygium, as well as distributed spectacles to patients in Zaria, Kaduna State.

A team of dedicated doctors with expertise to treat eye problems, arrived the state ten days ago, for the exercise which was held at the palace of the Emir of Zazzau.

Young children, women and the aged all trooped out in large numbers to benefit from the philanthropy.

The free eye treatment which was sponsored by the Foundation was in commemoration of the 40 years anniversary of the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris, on the throne.

The Founder of the NGO, Dr. Wale Babalakin, while presenting eye glasses to some of the patients who have been operated upon, said that the gesture, asides being for the celebration of the Emir’s 40th year on the throne, was also in remembrance of his mother who was born in the ancient city of Zaria.

Having traveled far and wide, interacting with various organizations abroad and also worried over the high rate of blindness in Nigeria, Dr Wale Babalakin saw the need to offer this eye service to Nigerians irrespective of their tribe or religion.

Dr Babalakin said blindness is a major health disaster and urged Nigerians to come out in mass to benefit from the exercise.

He also promised to assist the people of Zaria in other areas of infrastructural and human development, aimed at touching the lives of the people positively.

In his remarks, the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Shehu Idris commended Mr Babalakin for his tireless efforts towards assisting humanity and prayed that God will continue to assist and uplift him.

Cataract and Pterygium surgeries cost N100.000 to N150, 000 respectively in private hospitals. The Founder disclosed that similar exercise took place in Osun State, his home town, where over 4,000 patients benefited from the exercise.