Prof. Musa Abdur-Raheem, guest speaker at the 9th Ramadan Lecture of Muslim Media Professionals of Nigeria (MMPN) held in Abuja has decried the security situation in the country, but stated that Islam had nothing to do with terrorism.
“Boko Haram are not representing Islam, Muslims are for peace and most of the victims of Boko Haram attacks are Muslims,” he said.
He therefore called on leaders in the country to live up to expectations by urgently addressing the nation’s security challenges and advised all groups to channel their grievances through legal means instead of fomenting trouble.
Prof. Ishaq Oloyede, the Secretary-General, Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), also called on security agencies in the country to be fair and professional in the discharge of their duties.
Oloyede, who delivered a keynote address at the Ramadan lecture described the security situation in the country as serious.
The Islamic leader said Muslims in Nigeria were for peace as long as there was justice and fairness, adding, “Muslims are not responsible for the violence in the country. Muslims are for peace. If there is any problem, it is a failure of the system.”
The scholar noted that there “cannot be peace without justice. Our appeal is that Federal Government should be just to all segments of the society.” Oloyede said in the spirit of the theme of the lecture, “Peace and Leadership: The Missing Link”, there should be more consultation and dialogue among the stakeholders in the country.
Chairman of the Association, Abdurrahman Balogun, had earlier urged politicians in the country to play politics according to the rules of the game.
“As 2015 general elections approaches, politicians should play the game according to the rules.
“Fear Allah in all their dealings and remember that everyone will account for all deeds in the hereafter,” Balogun said.