7 August 2012

Nigeria: Insecurity - Cleric Urges Social Justice

An Abuja based Islamic cleric, Ustaz Mohammed Yusuf Saheed, has urged government at all levels to take social justice seriously as part of measures to tackle insecurity in the country.

He also called for the removal of immunity clause for those occupying position of authorities in the interest of fair and parallel justice.

Ustaz Saheed gave the advice on Saturday at a Ramadan lecture ,organized by the Muslims Youths Association (MYA), Mararaba, Nasarawa State with the theme, 'Building a Peaceful Society: The Role of the Muslims'.

"The Islamic view of good governance prohibits immunity and biased application of justice. Justice must be applicable to all and this is how societies can grow and sustain development. There is crisis in our society because the laws are being applied selectively. The immunity clause and plea bargain are some of the instruments of destabilization which should not be encouraged," he said.

He urged Nigerian leaders to emulate the Muslim's second Caliph, Umar Khattab, who stood in front of a judge to answer questions and defend himself in a civil case.

Speaking earlier on virtues of Ramadan and how Muslim women can benefit optimally in the Ramadan fasting, Hajiya Risqiyah Abubakar, urged women to broaden their knowledge of Islam and engage in more worship to improve their virtues.

The association's president, Malam Sanusi Muhammed, said the association formed in 2009 has achieved some of its objectives through the provision of lessons for students writing school and external examinations, apart from the establishment of computer training centers for youths and adult Muslim women.

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