Governments at all levels in Nigeria have been advised to urgently address the concerns of the citizens of the country in order to douse the lingering great tension in the land.
The Amir (National Head, Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at of Nigeria), Alhaj (Barr.) Alatoye Folorunso Azeez, who gave the advice in this year’s Eid-el-Fitri message, identified some concerns of the citizens in the country.
According to him, no one needs to be told that “there is tension, indeed, a great tension in the land over what concerns the people”, adding that one of them is: “The unrest in the country caused by insecurity, evil perpetrated by the notorious Boko Haram and now the latest addition banditry and herdsmen.
Other concerns Amir identified are: Cases of kidnapping for ransom and unwarranted killing; hunger; mass unemployment of the teeming youths in their millions; payment of interest at alarming rate; Excessive loan portfolio that goes into non-productive activities and corruption; agitation for secession due to all these social ills; unabated corruption; and lack of adequate attention to education sector and justices.
He explained that many innocent citizens have been kidnapped for no reason other than that they want ransom paid, while many were killed in the process, adding that: “This is not expected in a country where there is good governance. A government and her agencies should provide security for the people and also secure their property”.
He said there was hunger in the land as most farmers are not able to access their farm due to the terrorism of the herdsmen as it happened at Ibarapa in Oyo State and many other locations.
Stating that jobs are not being created and this poses a grave danger and the easy platform for the recruitment of bandits and Boko Haram sympathizers, he said this avenue should be urgently blocked.
On the payment of interest at alarming rate, he observed that this is to the extent that there is little or no income at all for the government to prosecute any project whatsoever as all the income of the nation is used to pay interest to few individuals plunging the country into spiritual war with Allah and his Prophet.
“Nigeria Oil Revenue projected for 2021 is ₦2.01trillion. The Non-Oil revenue is ₦1.49trillion both totalling ₦3.50 trillion. Meanwhile interest is ₦3.32 trillion leaving only ₦180 billion for other expenditure”, he stated.
“The Jama’at encourages the Government to pay attention to all these social injustice and ills that Ramadhan came to eliminate in the interest of humanity. We are all human being before belonging to any group and the sanctity of humanity must be maintained of which Justice and Peace are paramount.
“This is the leading message being related to all world leaders by the worldwide head of Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at, Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad (May Allah be His Holiness Helper) including the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“I pray for a secure country with good standard of living. I pray that Allah help us to be able to change our conditions for better to enable us to continue to benefit from the teachings of Ramadhan. Amin”, Barrister Azeez stated. .
In his admonition to the generality of Muslims, the Amir said: “We are expected to be more faithful in Allah, fearful of His glory, hold in Him in awe due to His majesty, we are supposed to be graduating from a training school in a metaphorical sense, and be able to itemize what we have achieved”.
Continuing, Azeez stated: “We should be cognizance of the evil we are dropping. We should be discerning of the new virtue(s) we are assuming or embracing after Ramadan. We should be a new better creation now and forever. We should be magnanimous, kind-hearted, and more tolerant as we were during the month of Ramadan. Our prayers to Allah and religious devotions should be sustained to show that we have perpetually benefitted from the month. Reverting to our evil ways is like losing it all”.