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NASFAT condemns kidnap, pray for quick return of Kankara students

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The Nasru-Lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT) has condemned the kidnapping of hundreds of students of Government Science Secondary School, Kankara, Katsina State in Northern Nigeria.

It would be recalled that Nigerians were confronted with the sad news of the invasion of the school by bandits on Friday December 11 by 9pm where many boys were abducted.

The Chief Missioner of NASFAT, Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, said: “Islam abhors aggression in whatever form and forbids banishing people from their homes unjustly. Such acts have punishments prescribed for them under Islamic injunction. Allah Almighty says, “After this it is ye, the same people, who slay among yourselves, and banish a party of you from their homes; assist (Their enemies) against them, in guilt and rancor”. [ Quran 2: 85]

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Speaking further on the heinous crime, Onike stated that more condemnable is the fact that this inhuman act was meted to innocent and defenseless school children.

He added, The Gracious God will have mercy on those who are merciful. Have mercy on those who are on earth, Allah in heavens will have mercy on you.” (Hadith)

“He is not of us who does not have mercy on young children and does not recognise honour of the elderly.” (Hadith) He enjoined all loving parents to share the pains of those whose children are now in custody of abductors and fervently pray for quick return of these innocent wards to the loving embrace of their parents.

According to him, whoever knows the kind of attachment between a child and his/her parent would appreciate what is going through the minds of the affected parents now.

Onike added: “My appeal to the abductors is to become the one from whom compassion and love flourish and not the one who is enemy and tormentor of mankind.”

The President of the Society, Olaniyi Yusuf, called on government to accelerate actions to ensure that the Kankara Boys are returned safely to their families soonest as this is one abduction too many.

He said NASFAT continues to pray for the return of the Chibok girls, the return of all other kidnapped Nigerians and for a secured, united, just, peaceful and prosperous country.

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