Muslim students condemn Kano killing

Eniola Ajayi, Lagos

Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Chapter has condemned the killing of an old woman in Kano State, North-west Nigeria.

Lagos MSSN President, Saheed Ashafa described the incident as an unfortunate development which did not represent the collective interest of Islam.

According to Ashafa, the murder of the 70-year-old woman, Bridget Agbaheme, by a mob due to a disagreement in a Kano market is a situation that does not conform to the tenets of Islam.

“There is no religion including Islam that supports that kind of situation, there is no any offence that anybody could commit that should call for such a reaction because in Islam, anybody that kills is taken as if he has killed the whole of human being,” he stressed.

State of the nation
On the State of the Nation, Ashafa took a retrospective look at the nation’s political space and the challenges facing the country as he maintained that Nigeria was suffering from misrule of the past.

“What appears clear to all of us is that after 15 years of mismanagement of the country’s resources, the new government still finds it challenging to stabilise all sectors in the country, though, our nation is blessed with numerous resources, our national development effort since independence has not been able, till date, to support a decent life and a promising future for us, the new administration has a serious task to face.”

“It must justify the mandates of Nigerians by making it count in the quality of their lives and that of the generation unborn! No doubt, the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has succeeded in technical areas where the previous administrations failed,” he said

Post UTME scrapping
The MSSN President also faulted the scrapping of post Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (post-UTME), stressing that it was ill-timed.

“The new policy should not have come at this point when Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has not resolved many of the technical challenges facing it. Nigeria’s education sector as a whole is still battling a lot of challenges that needs urgent attention; certainly, the policy to stop Post-UTME, may be a good one but introduced at a wrong time,” he stated.

Ashafa, who addressed the press on the forthcoming grand finale of the 14th edition of Qur’an memorisation competition on Sunday, said the event was aimed at deepening the virtues of the holy book among Muslim youths and faithful in general.

“The competition, to be held in honour of the pioneer President of MSSN in Nigeria and a former Secretary General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Late Lateef Adegbite, will In Shaa Allah hold on June 12, 2016 at the Gymnasium Hall, National Institute for Sports, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.”

“We organise this competition to ensure that the knowledge of the Quran does not fade away with the numerous distractions confronted by Muslim youths in the challenging society that we find ourselves, this Project aims amongst others to stimulate the penchant for reading, pondering and memorising the Qur’an among Muslim youths, it is also aimed at engaging critical state actors on socio-economic development as enunciated by God in the Qur’an,” he reiterated.

Meanwhile, on the commencement of the Ramadan, a former President of the group, Qasim Badrudeen described the period as a season of blessings from Allah and called on all Muslim faithful to make the best use of it.