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The Federal Government was on Sunday asked to be alive to safeguarding lives and properties of the citizens. The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), the umbrella muslim body in Nigeria, made the call, stating that the government must live up to its primary responsibility of security.
The security challenges across the country have been on the rise in the recent months.
In a statement, Khalid Abubakar, the secretary-general of JNI, also said that Muslims should engage in supplications and be more dedicated to the worship amidst the daunting challenges and many uncertainties bedeviling the country.
He further appealed to wealthy Muslims to assist the needy who are affected by the present economic hardship in the country.
Read the statement entitled, “The last ten days of Ramadan-1442AH and the need for sober reflection in Nigeria”:
“The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) under the leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General, uses this medium, to implore Nigerian Muslims to fervently engage in supplications and be more dedicated to the worship of Allah (SWT), amidst the daunting challenges and many uncertainties bedevilling the Nigerian state.
“We again reiterate that Muslims should intensify their generosities in giving alms to the poor, the needy and the orphans in the society, especially now that many families are finding it very unbearable, as a result of biting economic challenges bedevilling the country.
“We must nonetheless pray also for the economic overturn and restoration of security, in Nigeria. Government should, however, be more alive to the primary responsibility of its existence – i.e. safeguarding lives and property.
“In the same vein, Muslims are, reminded of the Zakatul Fitr (Ordained Alms Giving at the end of Ramadan Fast), which is supposed to be given out to the needy in the last three days of Ramadan or in the early hours of the first day of Shawwal i.e the ‘Eid-el-Fitr day, before the commencement of the ‘Eid prayer”.
He called for “prayers for the Ummah against all manners of misfortunes, relief and succour for the myriads of economic and security challenges hampering the nation”.