The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, has appealed to the Boko Haram sect to end its killings and accept the amnesty initiative.

The NSCIA made the appeal in a communique issued by its new scribe, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, at the end of a meeting in Kaduna.  

The council condemned the Baga and Bama massacres, which it described as heinous crimes against humanity, and called on the Federal Government to immediately set up a judicial commission of inquiry to ensure that justice is done.  It also frowned at the continual failure of the state and Federal Governments to implement the white paper of their commissions/panels of inquiry on various ethno-religious crises and conflicts in the country.

“The council calls on the Federal Government to act immediately to restore normalcy and ensure enduring peace and security by resettling and protecting Muslims that have been unjustly displaced in crisis ridden areas including Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State, scores of villages in Wase local government in Plateau State as well as in Southern Kaduna where Muslims had been massively massacred sequel to the 2011 general elections.”

It also urged all Nigerians to join hands with the Federal Government and other well-meaning Nigerians regardless of religion or geo-political affiliations, to fight corruption.

With reference to the controversial issue of the hijab, the council said unequivocally that it is a religious obligation for Muslim ladies, and that government agencies and private organizations should forthwith stop the harassment and persecution of Muslim ladies on the account of observing it.

Text of the communiqué:
“The council calls on the insurgents to accept the amnesty that may be offered by the Federal Government and stop further spilling of blood and wanton destruction of property. The Federal Government should, as a matter of urgency, call to order those making inflammatory statements on the forthcoming elections so that the fragile peace in the country will not be jeopardized.

“The council strongly condemns the Baga and Bama massacre as heinous crimes against humanity, and calls upon the Federal Government to immediately set up a judicial commission of inquiry to ensure that justice is done. The council frowns at the continual failure of the state and Federal Government to implement the white paper of their commissions/panels of inquiry on various ethno-religious crises and conflicts in the country.

“The council calls on the Federal Government to act immediately to restore normalcy and ensure enduring peace and security by resettling and protecting Muslims that have been unjustly displaced in crisis ridden areas including Tafawa Balewa in Bauchi State, scores of villages in Wase local government in Plateau State as well as in Southern Kaduna where Muslims had been massively massacred sequel to the 2011 general elections.

 “The council urges all Nigerians to join hands with the Federal Government and other well-meaning Nigerians regardless of religion or geo-political affiliations, to fight corruption. The council states unequivocally that hijab is a religious obligation for Muslim ladies, as such; government agencies and private organizations should forthwith stop the harassment and persecution of Muslim ladies on the account of observing it.”

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