Condemns killings of brethren in Burma
The Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria, MMPN, Lagos chapter, has lent its voice against the killing of Muslims in Rohingya village, Burma just as the group congratulated Muslims on the new Hijrah year 1439 A.H which commenced yesterday.
The group in a statement to mark the new Hijrah year, jointly signed by its chairman, Alhaji Abdul-Kabir Alabi and its Secretary, Haroon Balogun lamented the silence of the world leaders, United Nations, Human Rights groups on the sad development citing there offence was because they were Muslims.
“MMPN joins other well meaning bodies world over to condemn the killings of Muslims in Rohingya village, Burma. Since last month, hundreds of Rohingya Muslims have been massacred, burnt alive, women raped and killed and children slaughtered just because they were Muslims. It is however stupefying to note that governments, World bodies such as United Nations, African Union, Human rights organisations are watching in silence, the highest level of bestiality going on in Burma under Nationalist leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel peace prize laureate who was a famous defender of human rights and darling of the West.
“We call on Muslim leaders, groups and associations to speak out against this atrocious act, in our various mosques and gatherings, with a view to bringing greater awareness and attention to the plight of persecuted Rohingya Muslims, let us act as one. They don’t have advocate in Burma, we should be their advocate. The Prophet said a Muslim is a brother to another Muslim. We can only be true brother if we offer ourselves to help.
MMPN also congratulated National Hajj Commission of Nigeria, NAHCON, Lagos State Pilgrims Welfare Board and all the Hujjaj for the successful completion of 2018 Hajj rites in the Holy land.
“In spite of various challenges before and during the hajj rites, they were able to overcome them with with resounding success. It is our prayer that the airlifting of pilgrims back to the country which commenced last week is concluded in earnest and all Hujjaj return back home safely even as we pray Allah to accept it as act of ibadah.”
The group however urged the Federal Government to consider the first day of Muharram as a public holiday, adding, “Muharram is the first month in Islamic Calendar, dates back to 1,439 years ago when Prophet Muhammad (s.a.w) migrated from Makkah to Madinah, an event which marked the successful begining of propagation of Islam.
“The recognition and declaration of the first day of Muharram would be in line with the principle of fairness and justice to Muslims in Nigeria.
Also, reacting to the situation in the South East, MMPN praised the President Muhamadu Buhari led government on the withdrawal of troops deployed to Abia state, adding that the decision to halt the operation python dance ahead of the initially scheduled October 15 date was well taken and in the best interest of peace and unity of all Nigerians.
The group however stressed that following the pain and anguish experienced by innocent Nigerians in the region, the withdrawal should be made in other four states in the South East.