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Unrest: NASFAT Appeals For Peace In Nigeria, Sets Up Relief Fund For Victims

Leading Islamic society, the NasrullahilFatih Society (NASFAT) has enjoined Nigerians to embrace justice, peace and dialogue for a prosperous and inclusive Nigeria.

This was in reaction to the recent spate of violent and tragic events across the country.

The #EndSARS protests, which began peacefully, turned violent during the week as hoodlums hijacked the movement, leading to unrest in some parts of the country.

In a statement by NASFAT Public Relations Secretary, Abdulakeem Yusuf, on Friday, the society expressed shock at the reported use of gunshots to disperse peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Plaza and the wanton loss of lives and livelihood from incidents of arson, riots and looting by hoodlums in several states.

According to the President of NASFAT, Mr. Niyi Yusuf, the society welcomes the directives for an immediate resolution of the crisis and justice to all affected persons from the mayhem in line with the laws and Constitution of Nigeria.

The society commended the governors for their speedy inauguration of judicial of inquiry into alleged cases of police brutality at the state level.

The society also commended all youths who have conducted themselves peacefully.

In the same light, NASFAT called on the security agencies to always exercise restraint as they restore law and order across the country while appealing to all protesters and demonstrators to call off all related street protests and embrace the opportunity for dialogue and peace.

“The Society condemned all acts of violence, arson and banditry by hoodlums. Referencing the Hadith, the Chief Missioner of NASFAT, Imam AbdulAzeez Onike, called for an immediate end of all forms of violence, banditry and arson for sustainable peace and security,” the statement read in part.

“According to him, too much blood has already been spilled. Any life l ost is a stain on our humanity. ‘The eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved, and we will not say except what pleases our Lord.’ The society expressed its condolences to families of victims and policemen who lost their lives in different citie s in Nigeria whilst commiserating with those who lost their valuable properties.”

To support affected members, NASFAT announced the immediate establishment of a N10m victims restitution relief fund to provide succour to those injured and whose busi nesses and properties may have been vandalised.

“Additionally, the society plans to setup a Fellowship program for traditional and social media journalists to recognise, promote and reward reportage that accentuate instances of humane, conscientious and gallant acts of the Nigerian police force that promote good community relationship,” the statement continued.

“The Society will observe special prayer for peace on Sunday during our weekly Asalatu program at all our locations and online.

“NASFAT requests the Government to accelerate genuine dialogue and consultation with civil society organizations, religious leaders, community elders and youth associations towards implementing the announced police reforms, reforming other institutions, job creation, poverty reduction, promotion of good governance and collaboration for a more just, united, peaceful, prosperous and inclusive Nigeria as was discussed at the Global Youth Summit that the society held on October 1st during the 60th independence anniversary of the nation.

“In conclusion, the society prays the country never witnesses such tragedy again and calls on Nigerians to adopt dialogue, embrace peace and obey all lawful directives of the authorities, as enjoined by Allah in the Holy Qur’an: O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result’. Q4:59.”

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