Islamic New Year: Oyo Govt pledges to continue to be fair, just to all religious beliefs Islamic New Year: Oyo Govt pledges to continue to be fair, just to all religious beliefsHijrahBy David AdeoyeIbadan, July 31, 2021 Gov Seyi Makinde of Oyo State says his administration will continue to be fair and just to all religious beliefs in the state.
Makinde said this on Sunday in Ibadan during a grand rally organised by the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation (NACOMYO), Oyo state Chapter, to mark the new Islamic year, 1444 AH.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the event was held at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium, Ibadan.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Chief Adebayo Lawal, said his administration had always maintained religious balance.
According to him, nine Muslims were among the 17 members in the State Executive Council, while the remaining eight are Christians.
He appealed to Muslim clerics to continue to pray for the success of his administration.
The governor, at the event, announced the donation of N2.5 million to support the state chapter of NACOMYO.
Earlier, the State Coordinator of NACOMYO, Alhaji Dawood Afolabi, lauded Oyo State Government for declaring public holiday to mark the first day of the new Islamic year.
Afolabi said Gov Makinde had been addressing the complaints of the Muslim community about appointments made in his administration.
He assured the governor of the support of the Muslims in the state, “in as much as you ensure religious justice in all spheres of governance”.
A lecture titled “2023 General Elections: Muslims and the implications of an ambivalent righteous majority,” was delivered during the event by Prof Afeez Oladosu.
Oladosu charged Muslims in the state to ensure that they registered and collected their Permanent Voters Card (PVC) ahead of the 2023 general election.
He also urged electorate to cast their votes wisely for God-fearing leaders during the election while enjoining politicians to abide by the rules and regulations of the electoral process.
He added that politicians should fulfill all promises after getting to power, to avoid the wrath of God.
The National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations ( NACOMYO) has appealed to the #EndSARS protesters to embrace peace and dialogue in the interest of the national development.
The advice is contained in a statement jointly signed by NACOMYO National President, Sani Maigoro and National Secretary General, Mas’ud Akintola on Friday in Ibadan.
”The demands of the protesters are legitimate and can only be implemented successfully under a peaceful atmosphere,” the council said.
The council described the hijacking of the protests by hoodlums who unleashed terror on innocent citizens as unfortunate and preposterous.
”The youths are mostly at the receiving end of the unrest. We urge the actors to vacate the streets to give room for dialogue and negotiation,” it said.
The council sympathised with the victims of the protests, their families and prayed for quick recovery for those hospitalised.
Edited By: Sadiya Hamza
The National Council of Muslim Youths Organisation (NACOMYO) has attributed the upsurge in sexual assaults in Nigeria to moral and justice collapse.
NACOMYO said this in a statement jointly signed by its National President and National Secretary General, Mallam Sani Maigoro and Alhaj Mas’ud Akintola, respectively, on Monday in Ibadan.
The council said that the gruesome murder after rape of Vera Uwaila Omozula in Benin, Barakat Bello in Ibadan and the defiling of a minor in Jigawa by 57 year-old-man and 10 others were not only repulsive, reprehensible, but condemnable.
They called on governments at all levels to ensure that perpetrators of the heinous crimes were quickly brought to justice to serve as deterrent to others.
The group said that these and other sexual assaults in recent times were clear indicators of the collapse of human security in the country.
The council therefore called on government and stakeholders to arrest the trend.
The apex Muslim youth body expressed total aversion to gender–based violence, ritual killings and child abuse, describing all these as antithetical to decency and against human sensibility.
While praying God to comfort the bereaved families, the council urged parents to be more committed to child upbringing and to partner government at all levels in protecting girls from marauders.
The Muslim Coalition Against COVID-19 (MCAC) has received applauds from Nigerians, who benefitting from its palliative distributed to give succour to indigents suffering from the hardship caused by the lockdown.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Federal and State Governments have issued various lockdown orders aimed at curtailing the spread of the new coronavirus disease.
On Friday, through the weekend, the coalition said it distributed the relief packages in Lagos and Oyo States.
The Chairman, Publicity Committee of the coalition, Moshood Abiola, told NAN on Monday in Lagos that under the pilot phase, the non-discriminatory distribution train started in Bariga last Friday from where it moved to Makoko in Lagos Mainland, and later to Agege residents on Saturday.
On Sunday, he said the coalition’s team moved to Oyo State, where palliative was distributed in 10 local government areas.
“From today (Monday), the distribution will hold at Abuja (FCT) where the poor in the suburbs are targeted as beneficiaries.
“The relief distribution, which targets 1700 households under the first phase will be rounded off in Osun and Rivers this weekend,’’ he told NAN.
Abiola said the coalition would, thereafter, returns to the drawing board to expand its coverage to other parts of the country.
According to him, the initiative, which began over six weeks ago had seen over 52 Muslim organisations pulling resources together to procure the relief packages.
The committee chairman said the coalition, reached out to kind-hearted Nigerians to raise N500 million towards executing the relief distribution.
“As funds trickle in, they were deployed into procuring relief packages and personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers on the frontline of combatting the pandemic.
“The latest entrant into the coalition is the Jaiz Foundation, which on Friday, donated N2 million.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Medical Committee of the MCAC, Dr Salisu Ismail, said the coalition has mobilised medical and allied professionals to the front line in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease.
Ismail said the professionals comprised of 120 medical doctors, 150 nurses, 100 pharmacists, 100 laboratory scientists and 80 health record officers.
Others are 80 environmental health officers, 70 social workers, 50 biomedical engineers and 50 other supporting staff.
NAN reports that beneficiaries of the palliative got a pack containing 22kg of food items such as rice, beans, garri, sugar and salt.
Dr Lukman AbdurRaheem, Coordinator of the relief materials distribution said the relief packages were provided “without compromising the safety guidelines of the Governments and the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)
The National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation (NACOMYO) has called on Federal and Northern States Governments to prioritise functional education and take steps towards salvaging the sector.This is contained in a communique signed by its National President, Malam Sani Suleiman at the end of its two-day leadership retreat in Kaduna on Sunday.The event which was held at Umar Bin Khattab Islamic Centre, Kaduna commenced on Friday and ended on Sunday.The retreat with the Theme “Leadership and Strategies for Success” was attended by three delegates each from the 19 Northern States and FCT.The communique noted that the state of educational system had deteriorated to a level that there was disconnect between character and learning, and called for drastic action to change the situation.The NACOMYO called on Muslim Ummah to take control and ensure they were custodians of their educational system to maintain standards and values.On the nation’s insecurity, the association expressed dismay and condemned activities of Islamic State of West Africa’ (ISWAP) especially the reported execution of 11 people in the north-east.It stated that participants were worried on resurgence of violent activities and insecurity in the country especially in the north east states of Yobe and Borno.“Participants as peace lovers urge all perpetrators involved in these dastardly acts to embrace dialogue, peace and restraints.“While imploring security agencies to redouble their efforts in intelligence gathering and be more professional in carrying out their duties and that molestation, insult, discrimination and senseless killing of innocent Muslims should stop with immediate effect.”NACOMYO described the claim by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that Christians are becoming ‘endangered species in their fatherland’ as false and misleading.According to the communique, participants also condemned and rejected the categorization of Nigeria by the United State of restraining religious freedom.The council also urged the United States to always double check their facts and scrutinise their sources of information to avoid falling into the hands of people who were in the habit of claiming false victimhood for sinister motives.“Participants further emphasised that the central place of Good governance is achieving development as the root of most problems facing the country emanated from many years of failure of leadership at local, state and federal levels.“We therefore call on leaders at all levels of governance to be conscious of God, provide good governance and hold their leadership positions as trust from Almighty Allah upon which they will be called upon to account.”The communique also frowned at the deterioration of family values which it stated has led to producing bad and corrupt members of the society.It called on the Muslim Ummah to arrest the decay in order to nurture a crop of incorruptible, visionary, selfless and dedicated leaders that would lift the Ummah from its present position.The group added that Islam encourages peaceful co-existence among its adherents and those of other faiths.The council said it stands by the comments of His Eminence Sultan Sa’ad Abubakar, President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and the President of Jama’atu Nasril Islam, on the state of the nation. /Edited by: Mustapha Sumaila/Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)