The Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI) yesterday frowned at the use of force to tackle the security challenges in the North-East, saying that the use of force by the security agencies would do more harm than good.
The JNI Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Aliyu Abubakar, who stated this at a media briefing in Kaduna, said there should be other options for solving the problem.
He said, “The security agencies need to find the cause of the problems and see how they can tackle it. They need to sit in a round table and discuss the way out, rather than using force.”
According to him, “as long as the game of leadership is not played according to the laid down rules, there is bound to be problems.”
The Secretary General who reminded leaders at all levels to be fair, just and selfless in discharging their responsibilities, said good governance is the surest ticket to peace in the country.
According to him, whatever Nigerian leaders do without good governance and justice, the nation cannot move forward.
“The leaders should always remember that justice and selflessness is the cornerstone of good governance which is the surest ticket to peace, stability and sustainable development,” he said.
Speaking on Nigeria at 52, he said, “All Nigerians have to appreciate that Nigeria is ours and it is only we who can salvage her. We have to desist from all utterances and acts that are capable of undermining our corporate existence as a nation.”
“As the largest country of the blacks in the world, we need to think more together, work more together and address our problems together. Muslims especially are supposed to be role models based on the pristine teachings of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and it is to these teachings the NSCIA and JNI seek to direct our attention,” he stressed.
According to the religious body, on the forthcoming 52th Nigerian independence anniversary, Muslims are expected to dedicate themselves to Allah.
“Take recourse to Him and be more committed to the progress of our nation. Muslims are expected to pray fervently for the nation that peace and harmony prevail and that Nigerians enjoy tranquility and prosperity.
“We enjoin all our Imams to dedicate their respective juma’ah sermon of Friday, September 28, as a special sermon on calling our people to be conscious of Allah and be loyal to the nation and to also pray for Nigeria and its leaders,” he said.
He also took the opportunity to describe Islam as a religion of peace, saying it is only unfortunate that some elements use the name of Islam to commit evil which every religion abhors.