The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI), a religious organisation, on Wednesday urged traders in the country to stop hoarding and inflating prices of goods in markets, in the interest of humanity. The appeal is contained in a communiqué signed by JNI Secretary-General, Dr Khalid Aliyu, at the end of the organisation’s annual central council pre-Ramadan meeting, held in Kaduna.
“We call on the Ulamas to utilise their respective Tafsir sessions at all times, particularly during Ramadan, to educate Muslims to be God fearing, to emphasise fundamental Islamic teachings and refrain from issues that could divide the Ummah. “All traders, especially those dealing in essential commodities, are called upon to abstain from hoarding and inflating prices of food stuffs and other commodities during and after the Ramadan.”
The JNI advised the media to censor any preaching that “ is capable of destabilising the society.” The organisation urged those in position of leadership to be just, fair, transparent and accountable in the discharge of their responsibilities. “We urge all citizens to be patient with government at this trying time, as well as to make efforts to bring lasting solutions to the economic hardships, social and political challenges facing the nation.
“JNI also call on all Nigerians to cooperate with all leaders at all levels and imbibe the culture of patriotism. “We acknowledge the President’s goodwill message, and call on all Muslims to intensify prayers for the President and other leaders. “We also urge government at all levels and other stakeholders to do more in ameliorating the sufferings of the populace, especially the IDPs across the country.’’
The communique’ tasked the Victim Support Fund, to help in rebuilding places destroyed by insurgents in the Northeast, to facilitate the return of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). “We commend the Federal Government and the Nigerian Armed Forces for the seriousness demonstrated and the giant strides so far recorded in fighting the insurgency. “We also urge government not to relent in its efforts and pray for more resounding successes.