‘Schoolchildren abduction threat to Nigeria’s future’

Chairman of Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Kaduna branch, Alhaji AbdulHadi Olapade, has urged government to guide against kidnap of schoolchildren.

Specically, the religious group said constant act threatens Nigeria’s future.

Addressing the 8th day fidau prayer for the late Chief Imam of Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Kaduna branch, Alhaji Salaudeen Mohammed Jamiu, who died on Friday, February 19, 2021, Olapade said if educating the nation’s children and future leaders is constantly threatened by armed criminals, it means there is no future for the country, as the greatest resource of any nation is its human resource.

“If we cannot educate our children, what future have we got? If our children are learned, that is the future that we have. There is no wealth that a nation has other than its human resource component. Things can only be better for the future of the country if we are able to train our future generation to carry the banner.

“It is not even the abduction or the money that the kidnappers are collecting that is the problem, it is the fear that has been created in people. It is dangerous for people to lose sense of security around schools. It is also affecting investment, because not only foreign investors, even local investors won’t put their money where there is sense of insecurity,” he said.

Speaking on the recent tribal clash in Ibadan, Olapade, who is also the President of Yoruba Community, Kaduna state, said, if only Nigerians can emulate virtues of the late Chief Imam, Alhaji Jamiu, the country would live in peace and harmony, saying that the late Imam was not only accommodating and unassuming, he was an example of anything good.

He said all the divisions being clamoured for from certain quarters of Nigeria cannot lead the country to anything glorious, hence the need for Nigerians to close ranks, believe that Nigeria is the only country they have and work to make it thrive.

The guest lecturer and Chief Imam of Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Abuja Branch, Dr. Musa Olaofe, described late Imam Jamiu as a complete gentleman who gave all he had to the service of God and humanity. 

Olaofe, who is also a senior lecturer of Islamic Studies, University of Abuja, called on Nigerian leaders to emulate the late Imam by using the resources and power at their disposal to protect Nigerians against the rampaging bandits and secure the country.

The Fidau prayer was attended by many prominent personalities and members of the Ansar-ud-Deen Society from across the country, including the Chief Press Secretary to Osun state Governor, Alhaji Ismail Omipidan.

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