Barely 24 hours after the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, raised the alarm over insecurity in northern Nigeria, the Jama’atu Nasil Islam (JNI) has expressed willingness to mediate between groups with genuine grievances and the federal authorities.
Rising from its one-day Central Council Meeting yesterday in Kaduna, JNI said that it would sustain proactive initiatives such as dialogue and consultations to ensure that people and groups with genuine grievances are listened to by the appropriate authorities in the overall interest of harmony and peaceful co-existence which are fundamental to national growth and development.
The JNI headquarters, in a communiqué made available to LEADERSHIP WEEKEND, called on the Muslim community to shun vices and intensify prayers, peace, stability and prosperity of the country, stressing that no meaningful development can take place in rancour, fear and insecurity.
The communiqué signed by its secretary-general, Dr.Khalid Abubakar Aliyu urged leaders at all levels to avoid inflammatory statements and exhibit high sense of maturity and restraint in their actions and comments in the interest of peace, security, unity and development.
“JNI notes the need to refocus and re-strategise on its core mandate of Muslim unity, Da’awah and education with a view to ensuring advancement of Islam and betterment of the Ummah.
“To actualise this feat, all state branches of JNI would be resuscitated for effective and efficient discharge of their duties in the interest of the Ummah and the nation.
“Traditional and religious leaders in the country are enjoined to assume the special responsibility of counseling political officeholders at all levels on the need for good governance by ensuring that resources are geared towards the betterment of the society in order to alleviate poverty, ignorance and diseases as these are the underlying factors precipitating disunity and insecurity in the country.”
The communiqué said that “JNI notes with appreciation the initiative of government towards integrating Almajiranci with the conventional education system.”
It also enjoined all stakeholders to cooperate with government in this endeavour.
It urged communities where these schools are located to ensure judicious utilization and maintenance of the facilities.
“The meeting notes that government alone cannot shoulder the responsibility for development. It therefore calls on emirate councils, religious and civil society groups and the business community to collaborate with government in the provision of good health-care, education, employment, security as well as the ongoing anti corruption drive,” the communiqué stated.