By  Inalegwu Shaibu
ABUJA-THE Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA has condemned the suicide bomb blast at the Nigeria Police Headquarters which left about 14 people dead and scores of cars destroyed.

The Supreme Council in a communiqué issued in Abuja at the end of an executive meeting also urged the Boko Haram sect to embrace dialogue as a way of addressing their perceived grievances.

Ruined cars caused by bomb explosion at the Nigerian Police Headquarters in Abuja

The communiqué reads, “That the NSCIA condemns all forms of violence including the spate of bombings in different parts of the country and notes with deep sadness the latest bombing at the Police Headquarters, which caused destruction of lives and property.

“The Council calls on all Nigerians to seek redress for all grievances through dialogue and peaceful means, not through violence.”

The council also enjoined Muslims in the country to put national interest ahead of personal interest in their daily activities.

The communiqué further reads, “Muslim are advised strongly to let unity reflect in all that they do, be it social, economic, political or religious.”

The NSCIA also expressed concern over the growing case of almajiris and task northern state governments to put in place policies that will address the ugly scenario of street urchins.

It said, “The council hopes that the solutions being sought for the multifaceted problems of the Almajiris will be practical and permanent, devoid of political gains and expediency. To this extent, the governments of the most affected states, as well as scholars and community leaders must be involved.”

The secretary general of NSCIA Alhaji Lateef Adegbite who spoke to Saturday Vanguard after the meeting urged the federal government to put in place programmes akin to amnesty offered militants in the Niger Delta.

He said, “First, we have to talk to the ring leaders. Secondly, we have to still sit down with the same ring leaders in a dialogue with them.

I think the government is fully aware that we must create jobs for the people, they must empower them and we must educate them but that education has to be planned so it will be close to their own way and close to the objectives of the Federal Government.

Government will have to work out something, a common programme, it is possible; we have to have an approach that is like the amnesty that was given to the militants in the Niger Delta region. We must talk with them to lay down their arms, those of them who come for peace and embrace it should be pardoned, and those who are against it, they should deal with them.”

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