Muslim Students Address Insecurity in Nigeria


Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria B-Zone (SouthWest Sub Region) held her annual symposium last week. NURUDEEN YUSUF was there.

Muslim students society of Nigeria B-Zone held her annual symposium with the theme “Insecurity in Nigeria: Myth, Reality and Panacea” at the Multi- Purpose Hall, Lagos State Secretariat Mosque, Alausa, Ikeja on Saturday, 22 September, 2012. The MSSN B zone that is constituted by all the tertiary institutions in South-western region of the country had almost all the schools in attendance. Some of which are LASU, UNILAG, IBADANPOLY, LAUTECH, MAPOLY, College of Education, Yewa, to mention a few.

The epoch making event was graced by Alhaji Shaykh Garuba Akinola; the Chief Imam of Lagos State, Shayka Hafeez Abu; Baba Adinni of Lagos, Prof. Abdul Kareem Hussein, Retired Prof. of Medical Biochemistry, Shaykh Imran Eleha; Proprietor Daaru Na’im Islamic Centre, Shaykh Abdurrahman Ahmad; Chief Missioner, Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria.

Others are His Excellence Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau, Saradauna Kano and Former Governor, Kano State represented by Dr. Bala Muhammed Former Special Adviser to the Governor, Kano State, the Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola was represented by Hajiah Idiat Adebule, Secretary to the State Governor of Lagos.

Mushaua Alaran, B-Zone Amir (President) delivering his address said “ this symposium is organized to address the critical issues bordering on the existence of Nigeria as a nation that is being torn apart with the problems Boko Haram insurgency, Niger-Delta militancy, ethnic/tribal agitation, kidnapping among other myriad of socio-political and economic problems plaguing our country”.

According to him, “the insurgencies that are being witnessed in Nigeria within the last one decade leave no one in doubt that all is not well with our nation. It is even more worrisome that some of the agitations emanating from dissident groups are religious connotations thereby making many Nigerians have the erroneous belief that a religious war is being waged by adherents of a particular religion. Islam and Muslims have been the most vilified in this regard”.

He added that “we believe that the outcome of this symposium will provide the template for those at the helm of affairs to solve the problems hindering our progress as a nation”.

Speaking on the topic “Insecurity in Nigeria: Myth, Reality and the Panacea”, Dr. Bala Muhammed said insecurity have been with us in Nigeria for long. Speaking further, he said the main causes of insecurity in Nigeria are neglect of the citizen, neglect of human development by our leaders, is social injustice.

He urged the government not to entirely rely on force to fight insecurity instead, establishing a righteous society with morals will work against insecurity. “Our character speaks better of us so we should reorientate the people and our leaders to live by the right character and attitude required in moving our country forward against the threat of security threatening our continue existence”.

He advised the youths to cultivate the right attitude some of which are: integrity, respect for law and order, responsibility, hard work, prudence and punctuality.

Shaykh Ahmad said delivering his lecture on the topic “Solving the Security Challenges in the Prophetic Era: Its Relevance in the Present Dispensation” said the Holy Prophet Muhammed faced the challenge of security in Mecca before he migrated to Medinah. “Then, he faced the challenges and led to the spread of Islam today. The Prophet created an egalitarian, just, peaceful and stable society. How has he addressed it? He made settlers and migrants’ brothers, produced good leadership, instilled justice and addressed human needs”.

To tackled our security challenge in Nigeria, we need a sovereign national conference, we need dialogue more than ever in this country, we need to discuss our fundamental religious rights, we need to come together, the people must be giving sense of belonging and their rights, then other things will follow.

Hajiah Idiat Adebule represent the Governor Raji Fashola said “we should stop antagonizing rather, we should learn to understand the system and educate others passing the right information and start analyzing the wayfoward. Muslims are organized people and we should try to emulate such as students.

Sirajudeen Abdulazzez, The National President of the MSSN While giving his closing said “we no sleep with our two eyes closed because of the fear of the inevitable, insecurity is now everywhere and has become a household name”.

He captured the problem thus “We the MSSN are made bold to say that since the inception of this republic from 1999 till date, more than a trillion dollars have been budgeted for the provision of security in this country, Nigeria continues to have more security agencies, even with the presence of our streets yet killings, bombing armed robbery etc continues to our own minutes basis and the insecurity situation persist”.

He concluded by praying for the nation and the society saying “may Allah assist us in our quest to make this country a safe and secured place which will spring up development and truly make us great, may Allah accept this from us all as an act of worship done to seek His pleasure and may He reward us with Alijannah”.

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