Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Muslim congress warns against shielding criminals

An Islamic organisation, The Muslim Congress (TMC), has warned government to stop shielding criminals.

This, TMC said, accounted for increase in crimes in the society.

The group spoke at the Quarterly State of the nation media briefing at its secretariat in Jibowu, Lagos.
Its Amir, Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, said insincerity and lobbying to get crime perpetrators pardoned debased the nation’s justice institution.

“Some people have been caught in the act of crime and were let off the hook due to lobbying. This has continued to entrench criminal acts in the psyche of the people. An average citizen has the notion of going scot free for committing a crime once he is able to press the right button. This is bad for our country,” he said.

On Southern Kaduna crisis, AbdurRaheem, a senior lecturer at the Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH), enjoined the people to realise that irrespective of differences in language, ethnicity and religion, they must live together in peace and harmony.

The promoters of violence either for political, economic or religious reason, he said, should know that one day the long arm of justice will catch up with them.

He wondered how government failed to punish perpetrators of Southern Kaduna crimes after setting up and receiving panel reports on previous crisis.

“It is due to impunity that a person would take arms against a fellow being and be allowed unpunished. If the culprits are Muslims, punish them. If they are Christians, they should be dealt with. Neither Holy Quran nor Bible supports unjustly killings. We put on religious garments, quote religious books, yet act ungodly. What manner of nation are we running?

“The Bible says ‘Love your neighbour as you love yourself.’ The Quran says ‘You are not a true believer until you love for your neighbour what you love for yourself.’ Can we say the people killing one another in Southern Kaduna are true believers? The answer is capital NO! Lives are sacred and should not be wasted in the way things have gone on so far. The onus lies on government to ensure adequate security personnel is stationed there to stop the violence. It is also paramount at this juncture that the Federal Government must institute a more timely and effective response and logistics framework that enables the deployment and arrival of military personnel in troubled areas in the shortest possible time.

“We commend and support the stand of the Sultan of Sokoto in calling for the arrest of the Southern Kaduna killers. This is the right thing to do since the killers need to be arrested and brought to justice to serve as a deterrent to other mischief makers in the area. One of the reasons that this carnage has continued for so long is because perpetrators of earlier killings were not brought to book. A situation like this can only create room for hatred and revenge.”

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