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Northern leaders and peace talks

By Ishola Balogun

Many of the Northern Governors and Emirs who are critical about the way President Jonathan is handling the issue of Boko Haram have not shown enough commitment towards assisting the Federal Government in bringing the menace to a stop.

They ought to have gone beyound the condemnation of any attack and advancing the cause of dialogue to strategic moves toward achieving a successful dialogue with the sect.  This would have made a huge difference at least. We cannot continue to believe the insurgence will fizzle out on its own while they are snuffing out lives out of people.

The relative respite in Boko Haram attacks today should not be taken for granted, all hands must be on deck to completely stop the trend. We have to take it upon ourselves to set example and put an end to the organised massacre and butchery of people.

This can only start by going beyound condemnation or by heaping the blames on Jonathan. Since we know that the Jonathan approach has not paid off; albeit some believe it is paying off; we need join hands together to find a lasting solution to it.

First, the governors of these Boko Haram infected states have a burden to show that they want sincere peace in their domain and going all out to get the peace is not only the topmost priority but a national assignment. The Emirs, Imams, community leaders have a duty in this regard. Of course they know all these people behind the mask and it will do all of us a lot of good if they can deal with this issue as they deal with their household problem.

The Emirs, Imams and community leaders can strategically locate them, interact with them with the view of bringing them to the table. Even from the cultural standpoint, the respect and honour they give to the Emirs and community leaders could well be used to bring them to the table. Who say they will not listen more to the Emirs and Imams than hearing from the presidency.

Secondly changing their orientation cannot be easily achieved, but sermon, and lessons from the Quran and Hadiths can do the magic. Many Muslims do not believe these perpetrators had the true teachings of Islam, if they are Muslims anyway; but if they had, their perception to issues even as it affects injustice, corruption and poverty would be different from what they hold presently if they had the proper up-bringing. But who should be blame?

It has become necessary to give our children the right education. Violence has an emotional aspect, and this should be controlled right from childhood. At primary school level and the basic Arabic lesson they impart in the children, they should inculcate tolerance, non violence and peaceful coexistence in the children irrespective of religious beliefs since all our  religions preach peace.

Train them in the way of the Lord. Teach them tolerance and flexibility. Teach them peaceful co-existence and teach them how they vent their internal combustion without constituting nuisance to the rest of the world. Let them know that intolerance does not bring peaceful co-existence in the society. They should also know that tolerance and peacefulness adorns everything, and violence disfigures everything and wipes out any good deed of the person.

God tolerates, and likes tolerance, and whatever He bestows for tolerance, does not bestow for violence and harshness.

In one of the hadiths, tolerance and peace are divine attributes.

The important point is that most of Islam’s enemies give a hostile appearance to Islam at the slightest provocation of Muslims or group of Muslims. Let us critically study the examples and behavior of Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) with the enemies who were bent on exterminating him, let us look at his conduct with the prisoners of war and the defeated enemies and the people injured in the battle fields. These are proofs that Islam abhors violence and always advocate for peace.

Again, you can’t imagine the image deficits the activities of the Boko Haram have done on Islam. This necessitates that we should be careful about our actions in the society, and display the real face of Islam at all times through peaceful conduct and flexibility when relating to people of other faith. This will wash out the deposits of poisonous propaganda of the enemies from the brains of those who are ignorant about the religion.

We need to change the social norms and prevent further sectional insurgencies tn order to preserve the so-called geographical expression which will be 100 years in less than 12 months. It is all our duty and not only for the government.

MICA holds prayer for Justice Abiru

One of the newly elevated judges to the Appeal Court, Justice Wale Abiru has said his new assignment at the Appellate court cannot be tougher compared to the experience he garnered at the Lagos High Court.

Justice Abiru made this known while fielding question with Vanguard after a prayer session organised for him by Movement for Islamic Culture and Awareness, MICA, held at Crescent school, Victoria Island, Lagos, recently.

He said: “Yes, it is different from what I was used to, but considering the experience I garnered in Lagos, it can’t be tougher. This is because the work-load in Lagos is so high; I know the Appellate court is very busy, but I don’t think it is tougher; only more diverse, with different perspective and approaches to it. So, I don’t think there is anything that is going to come that I have not faced.”

Justice Abiru who is the President of the group added that efforts are being made by the leadership of the court to ensure proper enabling environment for justice to prevail. “Although I am just joining them but from the last meeting I attended, great efforts are being made by leadership of the court to ensure enabling environment, making judges IT compliant, better welfare and lots more. So, a lot are being done to make it amenable for justice to prevail.

The elated Jury stated that what helped him was his principle of ruling with a clear conscience. “I learnt early that ruling and being able to go to sleep with a clear conscience gives you peace of mind. After any ruling, if you can go home and sleep with your conscience untroubled, then forget every other thing. But there is a problem when you cannot sleep with your conscience. This has helped a lot of us,” he stressed.

The prayer which was organised by MICA was attended by legal luminaries, Muslim scholars and Captains of industries, among whom were Dr, Jubril Oyekan, Prof Abdulateef Adetona, Alhaji Kayode Sofola, SAN, Sheikh Imam AbdulRahman Ahmad, Missioner, Ansar-ud-Deen Society of Nigeria among others.

Justice Habeeb Abiru was the trial judge in the yet-to-be-concluded case between the former Managing Director of Intercontinental Bank Plc (now Access Bank Plc), Erastus Akingbola and the EFCC. He was called to Bar in 1985 and appointed to the High Court Bench in May, 2001.

SISTERS’ CORNER: Say NO to dating!

As-Salamu ‘alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.

All praise and thanks are due to Allah, and peace and blessings be upon His Messenger.

These days, it is not uncommon to find sisters dating one brother or the other before finally foing for Nikai.  We know the society is drifting towards harramic tendencies, bbut we need to acquaint ourselves with the teachings of Islam, as we implore Allah Almighty to help us serve His cause and render our work for His Sake.

Islam teaches us that a male and female can build up a good relationship founded on marriage. All those stories of newspapers and movies are not helpful to make a person comply with the teachings of Islam.

We do not say love is halal or haram because it is a feeling. Maybe it is not under control. You can judge what is under control. But people who fall in love are in many episodes away from the cleansed and pure atmosphere.

Marriages that are usually good and lasting  are those that start at least with affection. That affection grows after marriage and maybe it will grow until the couples continue their companionship at the Jannah.

In Islam, it is not a sin if you feel a special affinity or inclination towards a certain individual since human beings have no control on such natural inclinations. We are, however, definitely responsible and accountable if we get carried away by such feelings and take specific actions or steps that might be deemed as haram (forbidden).

As far as male and female interaction is concerned, Islam dictates strict rules: It forbids all forms of ‘dating’ and isolating oneself with a member of the opposite sex, as well indiscriminate mingling and mixing.  I will dwell more on this later.



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