Muslim Students kick Against State Police

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The Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has described the recent clamour from some quarters for the establishment of state police as not only frightening but threatening looking at how security issues and politics are handled by some state governors.

MSSN while sympathizing with the victims, families and all Nigerians over the recent attacks that claimed the lives of many people and specifically very recently in Zamfara state in which over 40 people and left others with injuries last week said it rejected the call for state police in totality and call on all well-meaning citizens to stand against the move to prevent Nigerians from experiencing anarchy.

MSSN in a communique issued at the end of its National executive council meeting  held at the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs Headquarters (NSCIA), National Mosque complex Abuja on Sunday said that the rate at which cultism, child labour and substance abuse are increasing in the Nigerian community is alarming as it  the called on NDLEA, other security agencies and community stakeholders to do the needful in curving this menace to avoid the nation from total collapse.

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In the communique signed by MSSN National Amir/President, Muhammad Jameel Muhammad, a copy of which was sent to journalists on Tuesday while declaring that the lingering fuel crisis and speculations about increase in pump price as well as economic hardship suffered by Nigerians are going out of hand urged government to face the issue with empathy and all seriousness to reduce the sufferings of the masses.

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The communique reads “The Society sympathizes with the victims, families and the entire people of Nigeria over the bandit attacks that claimed the lives of many people and, specifically very recently in Zamfara state in which over 40 people and left others with injuries last week. The Society calls on government and security agencies to as a matter of urgency device means of bringing a lasting solution to this lingering problem once and for all. Not long ago similar killings that claimed innocent lives in Benue, Taraba and Adamawa were witnessed and yet the government shows no encouraging commitment to bringing the culprits to book. Kidnapping and armed robbery have become the news of the day and people are living in fear over their safety on the roads and at their homes. While appreciating the efforts of this government in fighting the Boko Haram insurgency, we pray that same commitment and vigour will be put in place to check the aforementioned security challenges.

“The case of Firdausi Amasa Aljannah whose fundamental human right to freedom of choice to religion and association as enshrined in the constitution was trampled upon is still fresh in the minds of Nigerian Muslims. The way and manner the issue is being handled by government is sending a very bad signal and deteriorating the confidence Muslims are having in the authorities. As such, the Society makes the following demands.

“That Firdausi Amasa Aljannah should be called to the bar with effect from her initial date of call while allowing her to uphold the teachings of her religion.

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“That the management of the Nigerian Law School and the Council of Legal Education should be mandated to pay for damages and apologize to the person of Firdausi Amasa Aljannah for the delay caused in her carrier and embarrassment inflicted on her.

“That the Society gives Mr President an ultimatum of 2 weeks to address the issue, otherwise the Society may be forced to resort to open protests till the rights of Muslim sisters are upheld and respected.

“The recent clamour from some quarters for the establishment of  state police is not only frightening but threatening, looking at how security issues and politics are handled by some state governors. We therefore reject it in totality and call on all well-meaning citizens to stand against this move to prevent Nigerians from experiencing anarchy.

“The rate at which cultism, child labour and substance abuse are increasing in the Nigerian community is alarming and the society calls on NDLEA, other security agencies and community stakeholders to do the needful in curving this menace to avoid the nation from total collapse.

“The lingering fuel crisis and speculations about increase in pump price as well as economic hardship suffered by Nigerians are going out of hand. Government should face the issue with empathy and all seriousness to reduce the sufferings of the masses. To this note, while the efforts of this government in the fight against corruption are commendable, we call that the same commitment should be shown in addressing the suffering of the masses.

“On the political happenings in Nigeria, the feud between the different arms of government is holding the country to ransom. As 2019 general elections approach, the society calls for decorum, fair play from government and appeals to politicians to avoid taking the nation and masses in to untold fears and confusion.

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“The Society sympathizes with the families of its members – the GDSS Misau students from Bauchi state- who lost their lives in ghastly motor accident en route a field trip. To this end, we call that government and relevant MDAs should intensify efforts in putting our roads in shape and to enforce the traffic laws to prevent such avoidable accidents.

“Finally the Society calls on its members to remain committed servants of Allah, law abiding citizens and await further directives from the National Headquarters”.

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