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NASFAT APPEALS FOR A JUST, PEACEFUL, PROSPEROUS AND UNITED NIGERIA, SETS UP RELIEF FUND FOR VICTIMS.

NASFAT APPEALS FOR A JUST, PEACEFUL, PROSPEROUS AND UNITED NIGERIA, SETS  UP RELIEF FUND FOR VICTIMS.
 Leading Islamic society, the Nasrul-lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT) has enjoined Nigerians to
 embrace justice, peace and dialogue for a prosperous and inclusive Nigeria in reaction to
 the recent spate of violent and tragic events across the country in the past few days.
 The Society expressed shock at the reported use of gunshots to disperse peaceful protesters
 at the Lekki toll gate and the wanton loss of lives and livelihood from incidents of arson,
 riots and looting by hoodlums in several states.

 According to Mr. Niyi Yusuf the President of NASFAT, the society welcomes the directives
 for an immediate resolution of the crisis and justice to all affected persons from the
 mayhem in line with the laws and Constitution of Nigeria. The society commends the
 Governors for their speedy inauguration of judicial panel of inquiry into alleged cases of
 police brutality at the state level. The society also commends all our youths who have
 conducted themselves peacefully.

 In the same light, NASFAT called on the security agencies to always exercise restraint as they
 restore law and order across the country whilst appealing to all protesters and
 demonstrators to call off all related street protests and embrace the opportunity for
 dialogue and peace. The Society condemned all acts of violence, arson and banditry by
 hoodlums.

 Referencing the Hadith, the Chief Missioner of NASFAT, Imam AbdulAzeez Onike, called for
 an immediate end of all forms of violence, banditry and arson for sustainable peace and
 security. According to him, too much blood has already been spilled. Any life lost is a stain
 on our humanity. "The eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved, and we will not say
 except what pleases our Lord."

 The society expressed its condolences to families of victims and policemen who lost their
 lives in different cities in Nigeria whilst commiserating with those who lost their valuable
 properties.

 To support affected members, the Society announced the immediate establishment of a
 N10m victims restitution relief fund to provide succour to those injured and whose
 businesses and properties may have been vandalised.
 Additionally, the society plans to setup a Fellowship program for traditional and social
 media journalists to recognise, promote and reward reportage that accentuate instances of
 humane, conscientious and gallant acts of the Nigerian police force that promote good
 community relationship.

 The Society will observe special prayer for peace on Sunday during our weekly Asalatu
 program at all our locations and online. NASFAT requests the Government to accelerate
 genuine dialogue and consultation with civil society organizations, religious leaders,
 community elders and youth associations towards implementing the announced police
 reforms, reforming other institutions, job creation, poverty reduction, promotion of good
 governance and collaboration for a more just, united, peaceful, prosperous and inclusive
 Nigeria as was discussed at the Global Youth Summit that the society held on October 1st
 during the 60th independence anniversary of the nation.
 In conclusion, the society prays the country never witnesses such tragedy again and calls on
 Nigerians to adopt dialogue, embrace peace and obey all lawful directives of the authorities,
 as enjoined by Allah in the Holy Qur’an:

 “O you who have believed, obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority
 among you. And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you
 should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result”. Q4:59

 Abdulakeem Yusuf
 NASFAT Public Relations Secretary
 October 23, 2020

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