Muslims in South Western part of Nigeria under the auspices of Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), have cautioned former President Olusegun Obasanjo; former Military Head of State, General Ibrahim Babangida and General T.Y. Danjuma, religious leaders and other elder statesmen against against any action and statement capable of “setting the country on fire”.
MUSWEN in a press statement signed by its Executive Secretary and CEO, Professor Dawud O. S. Noibi; President-General, League of Imams & Alfas, South West, Edo & Delta States, Shaykh Jamiu Kewulere Bello; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Prince Judge Abdul Jabbaar Bola Ajibola, (SAN) and President, MUSWEN & Deputy President-General (South), (NSCIA) Alhaji (Dr) Sakariyau O. Babalola (OON), which was made available to journalists stated that, “worried by the undue politicisation of many issues by certain religious, ethnic and political leaders.”
The group while appealing to the trio of Obasanjo, Babangida and Danjuma and others to thread with caution, warned them “not to throw the country into further confusion.”
According to the MUSWEN’s statement, “Against the background of recent political developments, we use this opportunity to call on past political leaders especially Generals Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida and Theophilus Danjuma to thread with caution as elder statesmen and not throw the nation into further confusion.
The group while declaring that it was disturbed that Boko Haram group has continue to hold Leah Sharibu hostage for refusing to convert to Islam, remarked that “We want to reiterate the fact that Islam forbids forceful conversion of non-Muslims to Islam and enjoins respect for People of the Book – Jews and Christians.
“Indeed, Allah explicitly directs Muslims to provide refuge to even idol-worshippers who seek shelter in our abodes and grant them protection to safety! As Allah says: ‘If anyone among the pagans asks you for asylum, grant it to him, so that he may hear the word of Allah; and then escort him to where he can be secure. That is because they are a people who know not.” Qur’an 9:6”.
MUSWEN however said it was surprised that some christian leaders and elder have allegedly policised the matter.
“Against this background, we condemn the action of some Christian leaders and elders who have politicised this sad development which has nothing to do with Islam. We declare for the umpteenth time that the Boko Haram group does not represent Islam and the Muslim Ummah in Nigeria.
“We, therefore, call on members of the Boko Haram group to release the girl forthwith without any further delay. It is unimaginable how far the group could go in its acts of mindless disservice to Islam and Muslims. Islam stands for humanity, not against it.”
MUSWEN while calling on Nigerians to bear in mind the need for them to continue to live together in peace and harmony, however warned politicians that “Contest for political positions should not be a do-or-die affair. It should rather be a contest of ideas about building a better future for Nigeria and Nigerians.
“Our politicians must conduct themselves in a decent manner and not turn Nigeria into a battle zone. They must remember that only Allah can grant power and authority to whoever He wills. As such, we call on all politicians and the electorate to eschew violence in whatever form. The nation can only make progress in an atmosphere of peace.”