COMMUNIQUÉ ISSUED AT THE END OF A ONE-DAY STAKEHOLDERS’ MEETING ON “THE SECURITY SITUATION IN THE COUNTRY” ORGANIZED BY JAMA’ATU NASRIL ISLAM (JNI), ON 18TH SAFAR,1436AH (WEDNESDAY, 10TH DECEMBER, 2014).
Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) under the distinguished leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, JNI, organized a One-Day Stakeholders’ Meeting on 18th Safar, 1436 AH, (10th December, 2014) to deliberate on the State Security Challenges in the Northern States in particular and the Nation in general.
The meeting was attended by the Deputy President General and Vice Presidents General of JNI as well as an array of renowned Muslim Scholars, Distinguished Muslim leaders and National leaders of major Islamic sects in the Northern States.
Detailed, frank and realistic discussions were held and special prayers offered for the restoration of peace, security and prosperity to the Nigerian Nation. Likewise, special prayers were offered for the victims of the Kano Central Mosque multiple bomb blasts and for those of many other unfortunate incidents.
The Meeting observed as follows:
1. That the provision of security remains the main purpose and duty of government as it is of paramount importance to the survival of any community or nation and a necessary condition for development. Indeed the primary objective and justification for the existence of any State is the protection of lives and property within its borders.
2. That the current security challenges bedeviling the country persist largely as a result of the inability of Government to deploy effective strategies to tackle them.
3. That the manifest low morale of troops due to inadequate welfare, lack of desired weaponry and failure of Intelligence among other reasons are severely hindering the fight against insurgency.
4. That despite the devastation being caused by the incessant sophisticated bombings evidenced by huge losses of innocent lives and gross destruction of properties, our politicians at all levels and in all political parties regrettably show very scanty or no concern about the national predicament and anguish but are only busy with political campaigns.
5. That the economic base and development of the country are being systematically and grossly crippled by all forms of insurgencies, from Boko Haram to Cattle Rustling, Oil Bunkering/Theft and other Militancy.
6. That the illegal importation of arms, ammunitions and other weapons into the country has assumed a very alarming dimension requiring effective and sustained efforts to contain.
7. That the number of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and Nigerian refugees in neighbouring countries is increasing rapidly at an alarming rate.
8. That there is an increase in agitation from various quarters for people to resort to self defense in response to the inability of the security forces to provide adequate security, leading to various State Governments supporting “Civilian JTF” operations.
9. That useful recommendations in reports of various Committees/Commissions of Enquiry on insurgencies and similar crimes were not implemented leading to culprits being unpunished thereby encouraging others to commit more crimes.
10. That endemic corruption which has disturbingly become the hallmark of management in the public and private sectors, as well as social injustice and flagrant disregard of the rule of law are to a larger extent responsible for insecurity in the country.
11. That selective treatment of one group above the other breeds discontent and erodes peoples’ confidence in Government; a case in point is that of the Maiduguri International Airport that has remained closed even for Pilgrims and other bona fide users but open to highly placed individuals who are close to the corridors of power.
12. That there is lack of coherent unity among Muslims, even as unity among them is a cardinal and fundamental obligation in Islam that must be upheld and fostered by all Muslims.
13. That as rightful heirs to the Noble Prophets of Allah, the Ulama’ (Muslim Scholars), and the Muslim Leaders, more than any other category of people, individually and collectively, are saddled with the responsibility of ensuring that unity is fostered among Muslims.
The Meeting resolved as follows:
1. That for Nigeria to regain and maintain its glory anchored on peace and progress Government must wake up to its fundamental Constitutional responsibility of providing adequate security to the citizens of this country so as to stop the increasing human carnage and destruction of valuable properties.
2. That to overcome the prevailing violence and insurgency in the country, the Government should consider alternative means of finding final solution to the menace, such as infrastructural development, youth employment programs and stepping-up the dialogue option, rather than depending on force alone since it has so far proved to be ineffective.
3. That there is urgent need to deploy necessary Intelligence and Security measures to curtail or possibly stop the illegal importation and proliferation of arms and ammunition that is contributing to the escalation of insurgency and other related criminal activities.
4. That the welfare and benefits of our gallant troops and other security personnel who are deceased, wounded or alive and on active service should be appropriately and speedily attended to, in order to bring succor to the bereaved families of the dead and boost the morale of those in service thereby avoiding further desertion and mutiny.
5. That Civilian JTFs, Hunters and retired Security Officers, who have gallantly been assisting Nigerian Security Forces in the fight against insurgency, cattle rustling and other crimes should be given all the necessary support and encouragement as their intervention has helped positively in Frontline States.
6. That Muslims are strongly urged to defend themselves, in appropriate manner against any attack by insurgents and all other acts of violence by criminals, as it is a religious obligation to do so, particularly that government forces currently seem to be incapable.
7. That adequate security should be provided in all Mosques, Churches, Schools, Markets, Motor Parks etc., and that people should be extra vigilant in these places as well as give maximum assistance to Security Forces in this regard.
8. That the government should as a matter of utmost priority and urgency take all necessary measures to alleviate the sufferings of the Internally Displaced Persons and Refugees from mainly Borno, Adamawa and Yobe States as well as other crisis ridden areas to forestall the deterioration of the social and security situation in those States. The Victims’ Support Fund should be appropriately and judiciously utilized for this purpose.
9. That the Government and its relevant agencies should urgently re-open the Maiduguri International Airport and provide adequate security to facilitate regular flights and not to make it an exclusive reserve of some favoured politicians.
10. That Government should be sincere in its fight against corruption, and all agencies saddled with the responsibility of fighting corruption should do so without fear or favour.
11. That Muslim Scholars and Muslim Leaders must stand up to their rightful positions of piety and righteousness in order to discharge their obligation of guiding the Ummah(Muslim Community) especially as it pertains to matters of unity, security and safety.
12. That His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, JNI, and other Muslim Leaders and Scholars would remain unrelenting in the efforts to bring together the various Muslim groups for the purpose of fostering unity and brotherhood both within the Ummah and with other Nigerians and that Muslims should unreservedly support them in this regard.
13. That all Nigerians should intensify prayers to beseech the Almighty Allah to bring back peace, security and prosperity to Nigeria and that all Nigerians should see the prevailing security challenges as a common menace that needs all hands to contain and most importantly be one another’s keeper in sincerity, justice and fairness.
May Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon His Beloved Prophet Muhammad, and on all of us, amin.
Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu