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JNI urges Muslims to suspend Eid-el- Fitr prayers

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The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), has urged Muslims nationwide not to attend the Eid-el-Fitr congregational prayer, as part of measures against further spread of Coronavirus.

The Secretary General of JNI, Dr Khalid Aliyu said in a statement on Thursday in Kaduna, that Muslims should observe the eid prayer in their homes either individually or with family members.

Aliyu said that the decision to suspend the prayer was taken by the JNI Fatwa Committee under the leadership of Sheikh Sheriff Ibrahim Alhusainy.

“The committee after due consultations, as well as considerations of the current state of COVID-19 pandemic and the serious threat it poses to life, reached the following decisions.

“Eid-el-Fitr congregation in the outskirts of towns and cities should be temporarily suspended.

“Eid-el-Fitr Prayer be observed at home with family members or alone in case there isn’t anyone with him or her, at home.”

However, he noted that in states where Governments have reached concrete decisions to observe the Eid-el-Fitr prayer based on medical experts advice, strictest measures of distancing, face masks and sanitizers be taken to protect worshipers.

“In this case neighborhood mosques can be utilized if it becomes necessary.”

He urged Muslim scholars to fear Allah and be matured enough in guarding their utterances and actions for the overall interest of Islam and the Ummah.

“Nigerian Muslims are therefore called upon to reflect their minds to the good virtues of the month of Ramadan and keep to its teachings all through their respective lives, as the Lord of Ramadan, is still and shall remain.

 “The Lord of other months, above all keeps the records of our actions and inactions. More so, Muslims are reminded to keep to the ordinances of the Glorious Qur’an, for the prestige of the Muslim Ummah.

JNI wishes all Muslim faithful an accepted Ramadan Fast and successful ‘Eid-el-Fitr.

“Muslims are urged not to forget the Sitta-Shawwal, that is  the six days recommended fasting that follows Ramadan as recommended by Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

“While wishing us all Allah’s pardon in these sacred days and after, we pray fervently for an accepted Ramadan Fasting as well as the Eid,” Aliyu said.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed (NAN)

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JNI calls for spiritual deepening in the last 10 days of Ramadan

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The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has called on the Muslim faithful to deepen their spiritual commitment in the remaining 10 days of Ramadan.

The Secretary-General, JNI, Dr Khalid  Aliyu, made the appeal in a statement issued on Wednesday in Kaduna.

Aliyu said amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and many uncertainties, Muslims successfully started the year 2020 Ramadan fast in Nigeria, with the desired cooperation and unison.

“We are now set to conclude with the most rewarding part of it today,  May 13, which marks the 20th day of Ramadan.

”This night ushers the start for the search of Laylatul-Qadr, the night of decree and honour, which is sought in the odd nights that is, 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th and 29th days of Ramadan.

“Therefore, JNI, under the leadership of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto, is using this medium, to implore Allah to facilitate a successful observance of the remaining last nine or 10 days.

“May he also strengthen our faith in Him and relieve the world of the current pandemic, particularly our dear country of the difficult and trying moments we are all passing through, arising from the novel COVID-19.

“Inspite of the challenges associated with the lockdown being experienced due to COVID-19, we have9””””” witnessed reasonable restraint, patience in our lives, servitude and dedication to Allah, the Most High, during this Ramadan.

Hence, we must collectively strive more to earn Allah’s forgiveness and mercy in this blessed month.

Aliyu urged Nigerian muslims to sustain the tempo and to maximize these last days by reciting more of the  Qur’an.

“More importantly, we should watch out for the the Night of Power, which often comes up in one of the five exceptional nights, according to authentic Hadith of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).

“We must use the avenue for increased rendition of the Qur’an not only in understanding it better, but in living in accordance to its tenets.

According to the general-secretary, the spirit of observing daily obligatory prayers and the night prayers should be sustained at home in these special days, until an end to COVID-19 is declared by the relevant authorities.

“Similarly, we should pray for all the deceased in this very trying moment of COVID-19 pandemic.

“As many people are still dying on daily basis, yet some of us are careless about taking the necessary precautions, as directed by relevant health officials.

 He called on government and other relevant agencies to rise to the occasion of sensitising the populace more.

“We reiterate our consolation to family members of health workers, who have made sacrifices and are very much at the frontline of the pandemic, as a result of which some of them have lost their lives.

Aliyu also  implored muslims to intensify their generosity by giving alms to the poor, the needy and the orphans in the society.

He said this was more important now because many families were finding it unbearable, as a result of the economic challenges bedeviling the country, due to the realities of the pandemic.

He reminded muslims 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 .

Aliyu said in  this case the lockdown could extend beyond such days, going by the declaration of some state governments, we call on Muslims to remain at home with their family and observe the ‘Eid.

“We reiterate our call to the muslim faithful to intensify prayers for the Ummah against all manner of misfortune,  for relief  from the myriad of economic challenges affecting the nation, particularly that occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

Edited By: Ifeyinwa Omowole (NAN)

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Ramadan: No tafsir session, congregation in mosques because of Covid 19 -JNI

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The Jama’tul Nasril Islam (JNI) has said that there would not be the annual Tafsir or congregational prayers in mosques during this year’s Ramadan due to coronavirus pandemic.

The Secretary-General, JNI, Dr Khalid Aliyu, made the announcement in a statement issued on Monday in Kaduna.

Aliyu, therefore, advised Islamic faithful to pray with their families at home and stay safe.

“This is a Ramadan with a difference as most people will be under lockdown,’’ he said.

The JNI scribe said that in spite of the challenges arising from physical and social distancing, Tafsir and other religious teachings would be held using various information technology (IT) platforms.

He mentioned such platforms as Facebook, Skype, YouTube, Zoom, etc., to live stream preaching sessions.

“Reliable Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals will be consulted for proper guidance,” he said.

According to him, JNI under the leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji Mohammad Abubakar, felicitates in advance with the Muslim Ummah on the forthcoming month of Ramadan.

“Unequivocally, Ramadan is the month of the Qur’an, the month of supplication and Allah’s remembrance, the month of Zakah and giving the poor dues and charity and the month of standing in the night for prayers

“Hence, they (the poor) will certainly be in dire need of assistance, because of the economic realities and the attendant suffocating inflationary trends.

“Our spirit of generosity should be fully activated in higher proportion so as to ameliorate the sufferings of the poor in our midst by providing them with food and other necessities.

“In this regard, the JNI calls upon those who have since planned for this year’s lesser pilgrimage to channel those resources to charity as the Umrah cannot be possible in the current global pandemic reality.

“Expectedly, as role models, we should be seen to be doing exactly like Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), bearing in mind that the month of Ramadan is fast approaching,’’ the JNI Secretary-General said.

Aliyu called on governments at all levels to assist in making life bearable for the downtrodden.

“Due to the overwhelming eruption of the novel COVID-19 pandemic the Ummah’s enthusiasm needs to be reinvigorated as against what obtains of palpable fear over the pandemic outbreak.
“Nevertheless, JNI wishes to re-awaken the collective resolution of the Muslims to fully prepare so as to reap the benefits therein in the blessed month,” he said

According to him, one of the significant aspects of this period is the issue of moon-sighting that has over the years recorded significant improvement and should be sustained.

“Therefore, Muslims are called upon to watch out for the crescent and communicate same to the nearest Muslim authority close by – if sighted, for onward transmission to His Eminence for final announcement after the necessary confirmation.

“Muslims should resolve and make proper plan to intensify efforts in the Tilawah (recitation) of the glorious Qur’an, especially as we observe the stay at home policy,’’ he said.

The JNI also commended philanthropists, captains of industry, and corporate bodies who donated money and relief items to support the federal and some state governments at this critical economic period.

Aliyu said that gesture remained very indelible to the JNI “and we pray that they be compensated accordingly by Allah.’’

He urged Muslims to fervently pray for an end to the myriad challenges bedeviling the world and Nigeria in particular, and to also seek Allah’s interventions for better well-being and prosperity.

“We also pray for our leaders to be well-guided and foresighted, they should equally fear Allah and remember that they will one day account for their respective stewardship.

“As such, they should as a matter of patriotism ensure that they promote equal distribution of resources and maintain peace in all their respective utterances and actions,’’ he said.

JNI, Aliyu said, was using the occasion to appeal to adherents to collectively condemn abuses of extremists in thoughts and actions on any matter, as warned by the Prophet (PBUH),” he said

JNI remains resolute to support, as well as partner relevant agencies, government and other stakeholders in mitigating the adverse effects of the novel COVID-19 in Nigeria.

“We appeal to state governments to synergise and complement each other properly in addressing the spread of the pandemic in Nigeria,’’ the scribe said.

He said the fight against the pandemic by state governments should be unified, adding “surveillance should be thoroughly mounted at states’ borderlines/entry and exit points, with medical checkups where necessary.’’

JNI also commiserated with the federal and state governments, and family members of health workers who made sacrifices and also very much at the frontline of the pandemic leading to some losing their precious lives.

Edited By: Bayo Sekoni/Donald Ugwu (NAN)

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JNI, CAN call for better handling of palliatives

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Jamatul Nasril Islam (JNI) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have called for better handling of the palliatives announced by President Muhammad Buhari.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that President Buhari had in the address on the COVID-19 situation, announced new measures to offer palliatives to additional one million indigent Nigerians, among others.
Dr Khalid Aliyu, the Secretary General of JNI, said the presidential speech was apt and timely.
“By and large, emphasis on the palliatives measures is laudable and at the same time problematic in terms of implementation going by the recent distribution.
“We advise that a better means should be explored by those saddled with the responsibility to truly reach the indigent and the common man,” the JNI secretary general said.
Also, the Chairman of CAN in Kaduna State, Rev. John  Hayab, described the president’s  speech as one that “came with love, care and concern from the heart of a leader”.
“By and large, emphasis on the palliatives measures is laudable and at the same time problematic in terms of implementation going by the recent distribution.
“We advise that a better means should be explored by those saddled with the responsibility to truly reach the indigent and the common man,” the JNI secretary general said.
Also, the Chairman of CAN in Kaduna State, Rev. John  Hayab, described the president’s  speech as one that “came with love, care and concern from the heart of a leader”.
Hayab appealed to Nigerians to “support this move by our president to preserve our people from Covid-19.
“The decision he took was not an easy decision and it require honest sacrifice from all of us. This sacrifice will bring about the best results for us all.
“We all must discipline ourselves to stay at home, follow the advice and guidelines of our scientists, medical workers and government officials.
“Mr President has again given the committee on palliatives another opportunity to correct the wrongs of the previous exercise.
“Nigerians will want to see a transparent and humane approach by the committee in distribution of palliatives so that it will build the confidence of citizens on their President,” the CAN chairman said.
He advised those entrusted with the responsibility of handling the palliatives to shun greed and any form of discrimination, as well as ensure that genuine persons benefit  from the support, “so that they will openly celebrate our President’s gesture”.
“CAN will encourage pastors to intensify the  sensitization of  members about the virus and appeal to members to be patient with the current reality and stay at home.
“CAN will also call for more Prayer alters to be raised by all God fearing Nigerians for Divine intervention and protection of our heroes, the medical staff battling the virus, ” Hayab said.
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President’s speech: JNI, CAN call for better handling of palliatives

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The Jamatul Nasril Islam (JNI) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have called for better handling of the palliatives announced by President Muhammad Buhari in his nationwide address on Monday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that President Buhari had in the address on the COVID-19 situation, announced new measures to offer palliatives to additional one million indigent Nigerians, among others.

Dr Khalid Aliyu, the Secretary General of JNI, said the presidential speech was apt and timely.

“By and large, emphasis on the palliatives measures is laudable and at the same time problematic in terms of implementation going by the recent distribution.

“We advise that a better means should be explored by those saddled with the responsibility to truly reach the indigent and the common man,” the JNI secretary general said.

Also, the Chairman of CAN in Kaduna State, Rev. John  Hayab, described the president’s  speech as one that “came with love, care and concern from the heart of a leader”.

Hayab appealed to Nigerians to “support this move by our president to preserve our people from Covid-19.

“The decision he took was not an easy decision and it require honest sacrifice from all of us. This sacrifice will bring about the best results for us all.

“We all must discipline ourselves to stay at home, follow the advice and guidelines of our scientists, medical workers and government officials. “Mr President has again given the committee on palliatives another opportunity to correct the wrongs of the previous exercise.

“Nigerians will want to see a transparent and humane approach by the committee in distribution of palliatives so that it will build the confidence of citizens on their President,” the CAN chairman said.

He advised those entrusted with the responsibility of handling the palliatives to shun greed and any form of discrimination, as well as ensure that genuine persons benefit  from the support, “so that they will openly celebrate our President’s gesture”.

“CAN will encourage pastors to intensify the  sensitization of  members about the virus and appeal to members to be patient with the current reality and stay at home.

“CAN will also call for more Prayer alters to be raised by all God fearing Nigerians for Divine intervention and protection of our heroes, the medical staff battling the virus, ” Hayab said.

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JNI, CAN call for prayers against coronavirus spread

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Jamatul Nasiril Islam (JNI) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have jointly called for prayers against the further spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The two faith-based organisations have also advised Nigerians to compliance with government’s directives on what they should do to prevent the coronavirus from spreading further.

The groups made the call on Thursday during an awareness campaign visit to traditional rulers in Cham and Dadiya Chiefdoms in Balanga Local Government Area of the state the by the Task Force committee on the Coronavirus.

Alhaji Sale Danburam, Secretary JNI and member of the committee said that prayers and compliance with government directives would go a long way toward stopping the spread of the virus.

According to him, people need to understand that the virus is really spreading and killing people, hence the need for the public to pray for God to intervene.

“As Muslims whatever happens we submit it to Almighty God and we have our weapon which is prayers.

“We urge you to pray for us not to have the virus in the state and for those infected to recover.

“Government has done its own part and our own is to comply for all of us to succeed,” he said.

Danburam commended the state government for its commitment to the fight against the spread of the virus.

Mr Samuel Bulus, Vice Chairman of CAN and member of the committee also urged people to support government to save lives, ensure peace and development of the state.

Bulus said because of the virus, church services had been suspended except on Sunday on which day “worshipers must not be more than 50 persons at a time”.

He advised those with small Churches not to congregate more than 20 people and to provide water, soap, and sanitisers for good hygiene against the spread of the virus.

He emphasised the need to observe social distancing during funerals, marriages, and other gatherings that are necessary.

The Christian leader lauded the efforts of the state government in the fight against the spread of the virus.

On their part, the traditional rulers commended the state governor Inuwa Yahaya for the measures put in place by his administration to contain the spread of the virus.

They pledged to communicate to their subjects, government’s directives on what they should do to stop the spread of the virus.

Edited By: Emmanuel Nwoye/Emmanuel Yashim
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JNI, CAN laud KDSG for temporarily relaxing restriction on movement

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The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) and Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), have commended Kaduna State Government for temporarily relaxing the restriction on movement to enable residents restock food and other essentials.

The two religious bodies spoke to the Nigeria News Agency , in separate interviews on Wednesday in Kaduna.

NAN reports that Kaduna State Government has temporarily relaxed the restriction of movement, from 3pm today to 12 midnight, Thursday April 2nd 2020.

The state government said the restriction of movement would also be lifted every Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

The Secretary General, JNI Dr Khalid Aliyu said it was a welcome development.

Aliyu said; “this is because in any measure or step taken by the government, there should be humane angle to it in order to deal with real circumstances of difficulties that may arise therefrom.

“It would not be an exaggeration to say that about 80 percent of Nigerians live hand to mouth. They don’t have what to eat and sustain their lives until they go out every day,” he said.

According to him, what remained was palliative measures for the common man to be distributed in all honesty and transparency.

“The government proactive measure in relaxing the lockdown is appreciable and commendable,” he said.

The CAN Chairman, Rev. John Hayab also said it was a good development and would help many to get food into their homes.

Hayab said; “we will appeal to Government to further remove restrictions on food sellers and pharmaceutical stores as they did in the early days of the curfew.

“It is sad that people suffered in the hands of security agencies during the curfew even when they only stepped out of homes to buy drugs.

“Our law enforcement agencies should be able to differentiate between people looking for medication to treat illness from people roaming the streets.

“Fuel stations too should not be restricted since we know that our electricity is not stable, fuel stations should be allowed to give fuel for generators.

“The weather is harsh and could cause sickness on many. People need fuel to start their generators to use just for their fans to be able to sleep at night.

“We are appealing to our members and all citizens of Kaduna state to take advantage of this gesture by Government and when the time of the curfew is restored we should continue to be law abiding.” he said.

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JNI cautions Islamic preachers against misleading followers  over COViD 19

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The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has cautioned Islamic preachers against misleading their followers over Covid-19 pandemic in the country.

The JNI gave the warning in a press statement issued by its Secretary General, Dr Khalid Aliyu, on Monday in Kaduna.

“The JNI under the leadership of Sultan of Sokoto, Dr Sa’ad Abubakar, is once again saddened with the recent unfortunate developments of misleading the Muslim Ummah by some sections of Ulama (preachers) over the corona virus prevalence.

“We must as an Ummah avoid a repeat of the current trend in Italy, which was partly due to non-adherence to expert advice over the pandemic.

“Allah, the Most Wise says ‘…So ask those who know if you know not’.

“Therefore, we should all bear in mind that knowledge is an Amanah (Trust) and must be safeguarded and delivered as such, thus the need for this statement.”

The JNI noted that the action of some of the clerics clearly depicted their myopic worldview, stark ignorance of genuine knowledge and medical scholarship.

It regretted that the negative actions of such preachers had incited innocent Muslims who are unaware of the serious health implications of the pandemic.

“Nonetheless, it should be noted that the issue of plague and/or pandemic is not new throughout human history, either at various times or places, the Muslim world inclusive.

“It is thus sheer monumental ignorance to falsely claim that the Pandemic of the Coronavirus does not exist and that it is a lie and a shadow of a ghost.”

He explained that anyone uttering such lamentable statements “is not worth being called a scholar”.

“For the information of discerning minds, there were prominent incidents of plagues and epidemics in Islamic history, which caused monumental mortality.

“As a result of which various safety steps were taken, so as to curtail the spread of such viruses.

“Such steps extended to the stoppage of congregational prayers including Jumu’ah Friday prayer with an interim halt to the performance of Hajj pilgrimage.”

The statement said that the Sultan is urging all Muslims to undertake fasting in this month of Sha’aban, to seek Allah’s help in  ending the virus.

It urged health personnel to be cautious while discharging their duties.

“Nigerian medics must however watch out for their safety, while treating cases of Coronavirus patients, to avoid collateral damage on the health system, as the current news from UCH, Ibadan, isn’t palatable.

“Government on the other hand, must take all the necessary proactive measures in providing emergency manpower, equipment, protective equipment and medications.

“As well as provide more testing kits and isolation Centres, as information being peddled suggests that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is already overwhelmed.

“May Allah, the Exalted grant  healing to all those tested positive of this virus and may He restore back peace and security in our dear country, and continue to protect the health of the Nigerian citizenry and the world at large.”the JNI said

TJ/

Edited By: Yakubu Uba/Maharazu Ahmed
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COVID 19: JNI calls for strict monitoring of borders

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The Jama’tu Nasril Islam (JNI) has called  for strict monitoring of Nigeria’s borders to stop infected foreign nationals from raising the number Coronavirus victims in the country.

The Secretary-General JNI, Dr Kahlid Aliy, at a press conference on Friday in Kaduna, said the strict monitoring was necessary because of the nature of the country’s porous borders.

The JNI also called for routine briefing and updates to the nation on the situation of the pandemic, in order to forestall fake news and romour mongering.

It cautioned against politicising the health challenge, saying all Nigerians must collectively support government efforts in containing the virus.

 

The Muslim umbrella body called for national prayers and support to all government decisions taken against the spread of COVID 19.

 

 “JNI is seriously disturbed over the increase of spread of the deadly Coronavirus and also perturbed on the threat it poses to life of the citizenry in our dear country, Nigeria.

“The  Coronavirus is becoming more worrisome and alarming; hence, His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of JNI is on a high level consultation with senior Muslim Scholars on the next steps to be taken.

“However, it is not right for people to be spreading fake news all over the place on the worrisome life threatening scourge, baselessly.

“It is also inhuman and immoral creating unnecessary panic which in the end causes more harm than the real virus.”

It said government must take decisive, wise and proactive measures in containing the pandemic.

“Government must see to the provision of special health centres nationwide for testing and quarantining.

“Strong palliative measures should be taken in order to cushion the painful economic effect of this pandemic which has already caused inflation in the country especially, on the livelihood of the citizenry.

“The government should provide outlets for essential commodities for the citizenry at subsidized rate.”

The JNI urged Nigerians to adhere to and support measures announced by government to contain the spread of the virus, while government should monitor compliance to all measures put in place.

Edited By: Maharazu Ahmed
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JNI berates media’s ‘conspiracy of silence’ over 9 abducted Kano children

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The Jama’atul Nasril Islam (JNI), on Thursday berated a section of the media in the country over what it called conspiracy of silence on the case of nine Muslim children abducted from Kano and converted to Christianity in Anambra.

The JNI, in a statement issued in Kaduna by its Secretary General, Dr Khalid Aliyu said that the case of the children had exposed the media’s conspiracy against Muslims in the country.

According to the JNI, “if the story is the other way round, the lopsided media lords, practitioners, institutions and their sponsors would have stuffed the airwaves and newspaper pages with all sorts of inciting captions.

“The usual conspiracy of silence on such issues which affect Muslims’ rights and dignity in Nigeria is now evident; it’s as if nothing had happened.

“Tribal jingoists and religious bigots would have called for secession and poured all sorts of curses and invectives on Muslims and their religion.

“Allegations and agitations would have drowned everyone listening to the news by now.”

It therefore condemned the silence of the media on the abduction of the Kano children, saying it “is unacceptable, dehumanizing and reprehensible.”

The JNI however commended the police and some media houses for their exceptional professionalism “in uncovering this act of man’s inhumanity perpetrated by these Igbo Christians.”

“We call on all government agencies responsible to fast-track the return and rehabilitation of the abducted kids with their parents and relatives and investigate further the reported cases of hundreds of others in Kano and other Muslim states.”

The JNI demanded that “the perpetrators must be tried and sanctioned appropriately in accordance with the relevant laws.

“We shall keep our eyes and ears open to ensure that justice is done.”

It said the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of JNI, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar, had expressed unquantifiable pain and sadness over “the unbelievable inhuman act.”

“Painfully shocking was the desperation of converting these Muslim minors to Christianity and changing their names to Christian names, in order to obliterate their history, lineage and culture.”(NAN)

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