4 January 2013

Nigeria: Tijaniyyah Group Urges FG to Curb Violence in Schools

The International Organization of Tijaniyyah Brotherhood (IOTB) has called on the Federal Government to curb excesses and fanaticism of students in tertiary institutions across the country.

In a communiqué issued at the end of its second annual conference in Abuja, IOTB said government needed to stop intolerant adherents of both Islam and Christianity from their wrong ideologies as they often turn more violent when they leave schools.

In the communiqué signed by the national chairman of the group, Professor Abdullahi El-Okene, IOTB said difference in beliefs should not be a license for adherents of religions to kill or maim themselves.

It called on parents to train their children to be obedient and respect the sanctity of human and animals' lives. It also called on Education Minister, Professor Ruqayyat Rufai, to compel the Rector of Makarfi College of Health Technology in Kaduna State to recall a Tijaniyyah student leader "who was rusticated for organizing a Maulud celebration."

The group also said the Tijaniyya sect should not be associated with deviant ideologies as it is "based on the Qur'an and Hadith and anything contrary to the Qur'an and Hadith is not a Tijaniyyah Practice."

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