…Kicks agaisnt creation of Christian court, CEFOD
By Haroon Balogun
The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has stated that Nigeria was not progressing at desired rate because of her interest-based economic policies and ‘embarrassing’ laws.
The President of MSSN in Lagos State, Mallam Saheed Ashafa, said this during the formal opening ceremony of the Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) camp, organised by the group at Human Capital Development Centre (HCDC), Epe, Lagos.
The camp, which commenced on Friday, December 23, 2016 is expected to end on Sunday, January 1, 2017 for primary and secondary school students, undergraduates and graduates.
Ashafa said Nigeria will grow if leaders in the country apply principles of accountability and good governance.
“For Nigeria to bounce back fully from the effects of economic recession, the non-interest banking should be made mandatory nationwide.
“What matters most is shaping our environment and community to align with Allah’s shade. For Nigeria to develop, our system of government must follow that of Allah. We cannot stop suffering from the effects of recession and our policies will not beget favourable outcomes if we do not stop operating an economy that survives on interest – Ribaa.
” Government must also know that attempting to initiate certain laws is an embarrassment to this nation and mockery of the collective intelligence of the over 170 millions Nigerians in the country.”
He specifically tackled the attempt to legalise Christian courts and a bill seeking to disregard gender differences between males and females in the country.
According to him, creation of a Christian Court has no basis and capable of constituting a threat to good governance.
He added, “ It is ridiculous to see Nigeria lawmakers waste our resource to deliberate on establishing a Christian Court and endorsing the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEFOD) bills.
“Either or both of these bills, it should be noted, will relegate the little progress Nigeria has made so far, destroy our legal framework and damage completely our value system.”
He urged youths in the country to defend their rights, adding that the challenges of recession should not push them.