By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), on Saturday asked Nigerians to encourage living together in peace and harmony
MUSWEN in a statement made available to newsmen in Ibadan by its Media Consultant, Alhaji Femi Abbas expressed worries over the dangerous trend of insecurity in some parts of Yoruba land with its attendant linkage to ethnicity and religion.
The umbrella body for all the Muslim Communities/Councils and Organizations in the six states of the South West region, maintained that the ethnic laden crisis in the South West of Nigeria drew another global attention to Nigeria.
According to MUSWEN , it is now time to douse the dangerous trend of insecurity in the South West by living together in peace and harmony by focusing on “factors like considerateness, patience, tolerance, and endurance ” which “must reflect in our conducts as evidence of piety.”
“This is the time to know, in Nigeria, that security is neither by the quantity or quality of bayonets with which the army or the Police are equipped nor by flexing of muzzles by ethnic groups to demonstrate superiority of power. Rather, security is about good governance, absence of corruption, reduction of poverty, adequate care for the underprivileged and intelligentsia watch.”, It said.
MUSWEN added, “if, despite the differences in our ethnic, cultural and ideological backgrounds, we can still trade together in the same markets and our children can attend the same schools as friends and compatriots, we must know that there is much more to gain from harmony than from disharmony. “
“In the past few weeks, the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), which is the umbrella body for all the Muslim Communities /Councils and Organizations in the six States of the South West region, was compelled to watch, helplessly, the dangerous trend of insecurity in some parts of Yoruba land with its attendant linkage to ethnicity and religion.
“Coming shortly after a social national imbroglio that was precipitated by the ‘End-SARS’ saga of misfortune, which almost ran the country aground, the ethnic laden crisis in the South West of Nigeria drew another global attention to this so-called giant of Africa.The whole scenario worrisomely came, not just as a mind bugler, but also, as a reminder that, by nature, human life, like environmental weather, does not have a permanent feature. It is from the combination of turmoil today and calmness tomorrow that clemency arises to ventilate the atmosphere for peace.”