National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations, NACOMYO has identified mutual love, kindness, tolerance, sincerity and respect for the belief of others as the panacea to the incessant religious upheavals in the country.
This is contained in a statement signed by NACOMYO National President, Sani Suleiman- Maigoro and the Secretary General, Mas’ud Akintola
while reacting to the recent lynching and setting ablaze of a student, Deborah Samuel by a mob ostensibly for using expletives against the Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
The statement joins others to condemn the incident of jungle justice in Sokoto as unIslamic and at the same time noted with dismay the fallacy of hasty generalization employed by a section of the media, bar and public commentators who latched on this unfortunate incident to promote and entrench their bigotted hatred for Muslims.
“In their rush to malign and impugn Islam, they forgot the now famous Imam Abubakar of Plateau who hid over 200 Christians in his mosque to protect them from attack.They also fail to awaken their consciousness to the 2010 acts of maturity displayed by the Muslim Community of the University of Ibadan despite the provocative and indecorous actions of a female Christian Law student who attempted to disrupt the Jumaat prayers by preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ in the peak of the prayers. The student ,Seun Adegunsoye was not only protected from being lynched but was protected against rustication from the university authorities by the elders of the mosque”.
NACOMYO frowned at the upsurge in the administration of jungle justice across the country and unwarranted attack on Muslims by adherents of other faiths.
“Notable incidences of mob attack abound mostly perpetrated by adherents of other faiths, among these are the “Aluu 4 ” at the University of Port harcourt and the murder of Habeeb Idris in Ijagbo, Kwara State over a peaceful procession on hijab.Till date the perpetrators have not been prosecuted”.
The organisation appealed to law enforcement agencies to be proactive in curbing criminal acts and ensuring that offenders are brought to book to serve as deterrent to others.
NACOMYO posited that there is the urgent need to strengthen the country’s judicial system to be more responsive and prompt in the dispensation of justice.
“This has become imperative now to instill people’s confidence in the system and prevent future mob action. Justice delayed is justice denied.The citizens of this country are almost unanimous that our court system is too slow in the dispensation of justice”.