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CIO urges United Nations to protect lives of Muslims

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[FILE] Floral tributes to those who were gunned down at the two mosques are seen against a wall bordering the Botanical Garden in Christchurch on March 19, 2019. – New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern vowed never to utter the name of the twin-mosque gunman as she opened a sombre session of parliament with an evocative “as salaam alaikum” message of peace to Muslims. (Photo by Marty MELVILLE / AFP)


An umbrella body of various Islamic organisations in Nigeria, under the aegis of Ulamau Forum of Conference of Islamic Organisation (CIO) has called on United Nations (UN) to protect the lives of Muslims in the world, particularly Muslims in Europe who are frequently attacked in the course of worship.

The group condemned the inhuman action and an extreme hatred demonstrated to Muslims and Islam by some religious extremists.The Chief Imam of Adangba Central mosque, Sheikh Abdurahman Adangba who led the group during the world press conference on the state of the nation, expressed disatisfaction that the UN and other world powers showed less concern over the killings of 50 Muslims in New Zealand and other European countries recently.

He also described the silence of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) as worrisome, saying: “CAN nonchalant attitude to making a statement on an event of such magnitude shows intolerance. This is unacceptable to us Muslims,”

CIO supported the New Zealand government to provide more security in places of worship for Muslims and non-Muslims. But condemned the bad actions and appealed that the perpetrator should be brought to book.

“The New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern sensitivity and firm stand against the incident is highly appreciated. This is an example of ultimate tolerance and cohabiting instance that should be shown by the world leaders.

“We salute the courage of President Muhammadu Buhari for being among the early world leaders to condemn the obnoxious act.“Nigeria should emulate the provision of security at places of worship as currently seen in New Zealand mosque attack. “We urge the Nigerian Army to intensify efforts in combating terrorism in the country. The action of the Boko Haram sect is totally against Islam.

“We bring to the notice of all a certain Comrade Chidi, who called for the same terrorist act that occurred in New Zealand to be replicated in the Abuja Central Mosque, Nigeria. Chidi, a Christian by faith and of Nigerian origin should be arrested by law enforcement agents in other not to heat up the polity unnecessarily; and that will serve as a deterrent to others who want to follow his footstep”, he said.

The group also appealed to victorious losers in the just concluded elections to accept defeat and give up on litigation
“We want all politicians to know that it is only Allah that makes one a winner. Sometimes, defeat can be a blessing in disguise.

The group urged President Muhammadu Buhari and his Vice, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo; Lagos State Governor-elect, Babajide Sanwoolu and hive vice Kadiri Hamzat to see their victory as a call to service and not a right, saying it is a privilege that must be well utilised.

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