The Ummah Movement with its headquarters at the National Islamic Centre (NIC), Zaria, has called on Muslims in Nigeria to uphold the values of unity, peace, tolerance and reconciliation, as they celebrate the festival of Eid-el-fitr.
“They can amply draw from the lessons of patience, fear of God and care for the poor taught during the month long Ramadan fast for inspiration”, National Amir of the group, Prof. Muhammad Babangida Muhammad, in a statement released on Tuesday.
He added that “At this point in our history, the leadership of the Movement joins other Muslim leaders in commiserating with fellow countrymen and women on the numerous security challenges facing the country. We feel it is time our political, religious and traditional leaders set aside all secondary differences in order to address these security challenges. This is because the safety and well-being of all citizens under their care is the primary responsibility of all leaders, be they political, religious and traditional.”
The statement stressed that “We have noted, with appreciation that the House of Representatives has constituted a Special Committee on National Security to undertake a comprehensive study of the issues and challenges of National Security with a view to recommending innovative and practical solutions.”
The Ummah Movement added that “ It is important therefore to urge Muslim organisations to urgently make consultations and respond to the call for memo by the Committee, as explained on its website and banner, with a deadline of 20th May, 2021. Memoranda are to be submitted in soft and hardcopy (2) to Room 320, 3rd Floor, White House, House of Representatives, National Assembly Complex, Three Arms Zone, Abuja or to the email: National firstname.lastname@example.org
“It might not be out of place for Muslim organisations to convene a stakeholder summit in order to explore ways in which they could play a positive role in complementing government efforts towards overcoming the challenges of insecurity, while securing the lives of all citizens.
“We should remind ourselves, that, Muslims, like other faith communities, continue to be victims of banditry, armed robbery and insurgent attacks, especially emergent threats and targeted murders from secessionists in Western and Eastern states of Nigeria. Therefore, they must focus their attention and make it a mission to help find solutions to the security threats posed by all criminal and secessionist forces. “