The Nigeria Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has condemned last Friday’s attack by a Christian terrorist and Australian citizen, Brenton Tarrant, on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, describing it as dastardly.
The attacks were carried out as Muslims converged for the Friday worship in a gruesome manner.
In a statement signed by the Council’s Deputy Secretary-General, Prof. Salisu Shehu, the NSCIA regretted that, “while many right-thinking people and governments across the world have expressed outrage at such a heinous crime and mass murder of various nationalities, there are those whose hearts are blotted by hatred and bigotry to the extent that every crime against Muslims is welcome.”
A typical example, according to the statement, is the Australian Senator Fraser Anning who still blamed Muslims for being attacked!
“The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs under the leadership of its President-General, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, strongly condemns this brazen act of terrorism on the defenseless Muslim worshippers in Christchurch. The Council also totally condemns the enabling environment created by racists, supremacists and left-wing extremists that allows Islamophobia to fester all over the world.
“In all those attacks and others, the religious identities of the perpetrators have always been downplayed because they were Christians. But if a criminal who happens to bear a Muslim name is involved in a crime, his religion would be dragged into it. It is such double standards and other injustices that serve as enablers of the current state of the world where victims are conveniently branded aggressors and mass murderers are labeled gunmen,” the statement lamented. While appealing to Muslims in Nigeria and the world to remain patient and prayerful in the face of all attacks and provocations, the Council commends the New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden, for calling the attack what it was, “a terrorist attack”, and for the efforts being made by her and her government to engage the Muslim community in this sorrowful period.
“Our prayer is that Allah admits the martyred Muslims to Aljannah Firdaos, give their families the fortitude to bear the irrecoverable losses, grant the injured quick recovery and protect His own people all over the world from the devilish plots of their enemies,” the statement concluded.