Muslim students blame ‘lackadaisical’ security agencies for insecurity

Officers of the Nigerian Army (Photo: The Sun)

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) has blamed the growing spate of insecurity in the country on what it called the lackadaisical attitude of security agencies in the country.

In a communiqué issued at the end of MSSN B-Zone annual conference held in Ibadan, the Muslim students’ body called on government to be more proactive in addressing the security challenges in Nigeria.

The communiqué jointly signed by its Zonal Coordinator, Mr Qaasim Oladeji; Zonal Secretary, Mr Abdul Jalil Abdur Razaq and Public Relations Officer, Mr Bashir Momoh was sent to on Thursday.

“The spate of insecurity in the country has escalated within the last few months owing to the lackadaisical response of law enforcement agencies,” the communiqué read in part.

“The law enforcement agencies should live up to their responsibilities in the protection of lives and properties of the citizens and the leaders should also be more ready to provide the necessary tools to get the job done effectively.”

It also expressed concerns that the civil unrest in Sudan could spell doom for the West African subregion and increase insecurity fears.

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Therefore, it called on the international community to “sincerely wade into the conflict in Sudan to forestall a further breakdown of law and order in the country.”

The group also noted the “rate of denial of the fundamental right of the Muslim woman to the use of the Hijab in public places and assault on her person by members of the public” as alarming.

It added that there were some hitches at various examination centres during the recently concluded exams conducted by the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) as there were alleged discrimination against some female candidates using the Hijab to sit for the examination.

“The use of the Hijab by Muslim females is a matter of human right and as such should be respected by all and sundry,” the group added.

“JAMB, WAEC and other educational institutions should be more proactive and decisive in the future conduct of examinations to accommodate female candidates of the Islamic faith who adorns the Hijab. Likewise overzealous Adhoc Staff of the Body and Erring Centres should be strictly cautioned.”

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The MSSN also expressed worries over the increase in the rate of suicide among the Nigerian citizens

For a solution to that it called on all stakeholders involved in youth development to “look into empowerment and job creation to ameliorate the trend of suicide and depression amongst the citizenry.”

“The government of the day should go the extra mile by entrenching good governance into the fabrics of the country to build the nation and foster peaceful coexistence within the country.”

The Reportorial Conference was attended by  statutory members and ex-leaders from MSSN strata within the B-Zone, which covers the Southern Nigeria regions.

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