•Begins 101st conference today
The Anwar-ul-Islam Movement of Nigeria, has offered possible solution to curb the incidence of religious conflicts in the country.
The National President of the Movement, Barrister Mubashir Ojelade reeled out a nine-point measures urging the Federal government to adopt in order to put an end to several conflicts in the cloak of religious crisis in the country.
Addressing a press conference heralding the 101st annual conference of the movement held at its headquaters, Jubril Martins Memorial Grammar School, Iponri, Lagos, Barrister Ojelade stated that compulsory religious education in schools, regular parleys and dialogue between various religious leaders, de-emphasising religion during election campaigns among others will prevent radicalisation of the youths and ensure peaceful co-existence among people of different faith.
According to him, “Religious education in Schools (including comparative religious studies) to promote religious understanding and prevention of youth-radicalization
“Teachers of religious education themselves must be well trained and groomed.
“Support and funding for the National Inter religious council and the state chapters of the council.
“Regular parleys and dialogue between religious leaders and government at the Federal and State levels. The initiative by the Lagos State Government in this regard is commendable. Moving in promptly and decisively (not necessarily violently) to deal with crisis when they occur. Government must act fairly and must not be one sided in its intervention.
“Government must address the social economic problems and unemployment in the country and the resultant deprivation, pain, frustration, agony, hunger and anger of the citizens (particularly the youth) which makes them vulnerable and susceptible to crime.
Intelligence and surveillance
“The security agencies must be well trained and adequately equipped to carry out intelligence and surveillance on religious bodies and preachers that show tendencies toward extremism and radicalism.
“As much as possible religion should not be subject of campaign during elections.
“The Federal Government must secure our land boarders which presently are two porous.
On the 50th anniversary of Lagos state, Ojelade said: I congratulate His Excellency the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwumi Ambode and his Cabinet on the 50th Anniversary of Lagos State, We commend his initiatives, sense of imagination and the rapid improvement and transformation of the state in all departments since he assumed office two years ago.
Speaking on the conference, Ojelade stated: “The National Conference is an annual event at which members review the activities of the Association and its organs for the previous year and plan for the future.
This conference is unique coming so soon after the 100th Anniversary of the Movement and the election of a new government in October, 2016, after a protracted leadership crisis.
Series of activities including a lecture on the conference theme have been lined up for the 3-day conference beginning with the opening ceremony on Friday 14th April, 2017 at Anwar-ul Islam Model College, Agege, Lagos.
Several dignitaries including the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Her Excellency Alhaja (Mrs.) Idiat Oluranti Adebule, His Royal Majesty the Oba of Lagos, Alhaji Riliwanu Osuolale Akiolu, the Baba Adinni of Lagos Sheik Abdul Afiz Abou OFR, Oba Kamila Isiba, Olu of Agege and Alhaji Senator H.A.B Fasinro OFR, are expected to grace the occasion.