Minors Are Being Deceived And Misled By Terrorists, Say Tsav, Others
EVEN as Benue State has not recorded any incidence of minors involvement in suicide bombing, the Islamic leaders in the state have continue to express worry over the growing case and its consequences on the children.
One of such elders in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Tsav told The Guardian that killing is not enshrined or allowed in the Koran as misconstrue by some people; noting that “if you kill self or another, you will receive a grievous punishment from Allah
“Minors are been deceived and misled by the terrorists. I think, they indoctrinate them, drug them to forget themselves and what they are.”
Commenting on the implication of the trend on the Islamic practice and the use of hijab by the girls, Tsav said if the development is not quickly curb in the near future, nobody would want any girl wearing hijab to come near him as she would be perceive as carrying bomb.
“What is happening now has a lot of social/religious implications on the nation. Social in the sense that apart from people getting scared of girls that wear hijab, people no longer have confidence in them despite that they are future mothers.’
On the way forward, Tsav advised government and religious leaders to act fast and to stop the impending danger rather than continue to play to the gallery by running after money; saying the ultimate thing in life is that whatever wealth one acquires, he would eventually die and not go with it.
He decried the situation where Islamic religion in the northern part of the country is mixed with the culture of the people of marrying many wives and rearing of many children, suggesting that such practice should be regulated by the government.
“You can see that in the north, we have this culture of Islamic religion being merge with the people’s culture of marrying many wives which should not be so. One person will have many wives and children without taking them to school, they go about begging or engage in one petty hawking. This development exposed as instrument to be manipulated by the terrorist groups. I think government should control this, by establishing more Almajiri Schools as well as enact laws prohibiting petty hawking.”
But a Muslim parent, Habib Sani said that clerics should intensify efforts to educate the minors on the sad implication of allowing themselves to be used by unknown persons.
Sani who also called for compulsory education for children in the northern part of the country through Almajiri schools, advocated for heavy penalty for any parent that may contravene the law on education.
A Primary 6 pupil of Jahab Islamic Primary School, Wadata Amina Sa’aid told The Guardian that she is happy to be in school because it will enable her to become a leader of tomorrow.
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