Ahmadiyya praises Nigerians’ resilience, urges government to eradicate social vices
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at has urged the government to be more proactive towards eliminating social vices that are ravaging the country, as the religion of Islam has no room for terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and ritual killing of human beings.
The group gave this advise in a New Year message made available to The Guardian.
“The entire members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria heartily rejoice with Nigerians and the government on the occasion of the new year 2022 that just started.
Just like the year 2020, the year 2021, was also a challenging one for the country, no thanks to the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic especially with the discovery of OMICRON Variant.
The efforts of the government and the health institutions in curtailing the pandemic are well commended. The masses are further urged to implement all COVID-19 protocols to further stop the spread of the OMICRON Variant,” the message reads.
The Amir (National Head) of the organisation, Alhaji Alatoye Folorunso AbdulAzeez, applauded the indomitable spirit for survival and resilience of Nigerians in the face of daunting challenges in the socio-economic, political and technological spheres.
“ The high level of poverty, unemployment and under-employment are still serious challenges to Nigerians, in spite of the abundance of both human and material resources at our disposal. It is incumbent on all levels of government to provide affordable food, healthcare facilities, shelter, security and a good road network for the populace,” he urged.
He urged Nigerians not to lose faith in the present government and continue to support her with prayers and good deeds.
He admonished the government to be all-embracing and ensure equity and justice as well as fair play, adding that no region should be segregated or denied rightful needs. “This act will no doubt, bring about peaceful coexistence and progress to the country. There should be justice for all. Leaders of all agitators should be invited for a meeting in a bid to address all contending issues in an amicable way,” he said.
He called on the government to eschew nepotism, religious bigotry among other ills as the 2023 general elections draw nearer.
“ The Jama’at hereby advises the President, General Muhammad Buhari GCFR to ensure a hitch-free election exercise at all levels. All necessary machinery must be put in place to achieve free and fair elections.
“ All political parties must resolve their differences internally. Politics should be seen as a game of numbers and not a do or die affair. No eligible voter should be disenfranchised. Nigerians must be allowed to exercise their civic duty without any form of molestation. Electoral malpractices must be totally wiped out. Government should ensure appropriate electoral reforms are duly signed into law.
“Conclusively, the role of religious bodies towards the attainment of our dream country cannot be over-emphasized. Religious leaders must continue to preach peace and unity. Religious Centres must be Holy places void of social vices and where worshippers are well enlightened on a true value system.
We pray fervently for a new order and more prosperous years ahead for Nigeria.”