Muslim Youth Organisation Advises Youth Not To Engage In Violence By Yakubu Busari,Jos
Plateau State Chapter of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations (NACOMYO), yesterday drew the attention of the Muslim youths not to allow themselves to be used as “tools or acts that may undermine the relative peace,” been enjoyed in the state and the country at large.
The group in statement jointly signed by its Coordinator and Secretary Sani Suleiman Maigoro and Ali Yahaya Ali respectively, said it has observed with keen interest some happenings since the time of flagging off of campaigns by some Political Parties contesting election into various positions in the State.
“The Council also observed that, youths of productive age are the most used to perpetrate some illicit acts capable of heating up the polity thereby causing confusion in the politics in total oblivion of the resultant consequences, be it now or in the nearest future,” the statement read in parts.
NACOMYO, further said it wish to draw the attention of the general public, particularly the Muslim Ummah; “Not to do or permit to be done any act that is against the tenets of Islam as provided for in the Qur’an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).”
The Council said it commends the maturity exhibited by the general public for not reacting negatively to the last postponement of general elections in the country. It therefore, call on the attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to redouble its effort in ensuring that; “all registered Voters receive their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVCs)” by the slated date (08/03/2015) and also increase the number of participating Organizations who monitor Elections particularly “Islamic Organizations.”
“The Electoral Body should resist any pressure that will make them further shift the election date as that will be detrimental to free, fair, credible and violence free Elections come March/April, 2015,” it added.
NACONYO, stated also called on the Government and the security agents alike to respect and value the rights of members of the general public by, attending to their cries and concern and treat them with the spirit of patriotism irrespective of their statues or ethnic/religious affiliation, in order to avoid suspicion of the public on the Security Agents as they carry out their constitutional responsibilities. The only thing(s) that keeps the polity peaceful is Justice and Fair-play.
It stated that: “The Council further calls on the Muslim Youths not to react negatively to any political party activities or even engaging in acts capable of provoking and inciting the public on issues based on rumours or News of certain political happenings from other parts of the Country.
“Whenever such things happen they should be quick to report to the relevant authorities rather than taking laws into their hands as that is the teaching of Islam as provided in the Qur’an and Sunnah.”
Its commended the relentless efforts of Media in the State towards promoting peaceful coexistence and creating awareness to the electorates in ensuring free, fair, credible and violence free election come March/April, 2015 general elections.