EndSARS: MSSN condemn attack on Muslims, Mosques

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), has condemned attack on Muslims and Mosques in Rivers, Imo and Nsukka in Enugu states. 

A statement jointly signed by the Amir B-Zone, Secretary and Public Relations Officer, Qaasim Odedeji, Alh. Abdul Jalil Abdur Razaq and Engr Bashir Momoh, and made available to newsmen in Osogbo, called on governors of South East and South Southern states to protect Muslims and their businesses in their domain.   

The students society also warned religious leaders to desist from incitive sermon that could ignite ethno-religious crisis. 

“What started as a peaceful show of grievance against Police brutality was exploited by  a faceless group of miscreants to unleash mayhem on Muslim faithfuls in Rivers State and then Imo state. A brief moment of misunderstanding in Nsukka, Enugu state metamorphosed into serial killings and destruction of properties of Muslims and mosques by hoodlums and criminal minded elements. 

“One begins to wonder if these acts are spontaneous reactions or premeditated and pre-planned. Why the Muslim population which constitute the minority in these areas are the subjects of these heinous acts is our worry. 

“We are concerned about the helplessness of our brothers and sisters that are regularly exposed to incessant attacks in their fatherland for committing no crime whatsoever. 

“We hereby state quite unequivocally that we cannot continue to endure these acts of intimidation because of the faith we profess. It is a fact that no group has ‘monopoly of violence’.

The society appreciated efforts of state government and those that have intervened, calling on the government to ensure that those involved in the acts are brought to justice. 

“We hereby call on all Governors of South East and South Southern states to protect Muslims and their businesses within the domain they superintend over, while also calling on religious leaders to desist from giving incitive sermons that could ignite ethno-religious conflicts. 

“We are aware that some families are still living in camps to avoid being attacked or killed. Government at all levels must ensure the reunion of all families that have been adversely affected,” MSSN stated.  

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