The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has expressed worry over the high level of unwarranted provocation and unnecessary heating up of the polity by some elements over the declaration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the president-elect by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
The apex Islamic group in the country which raised the alarm in a statement on Wednesday said the utterances were capable of creating disunity and threatening the security of the Nigerian nation.
Prof. Salisu Sheh and Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-Ugwu, Deputy Secretary-General and Director
of Administration signed the statement on behalf of the council.
The NSCIA said it “observed with serious concern the high level of unsubstantiated claims, threats and incitements emanating from certain quarters of the country, especially from people who ought to be the preachers of peace and serve as moral compass for the society, consequent to the declaration of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the 2023 presidential election.
“The level of unwarranted provocation and unnecessary heating up of the polity, which are capable of creating disunity and threatening the security of the Nigerian nation, is worrisome.”
The Council appealed to all Nigerians to exercise decorum, be peaceful, prayerful and law-abiding in the face of the current unwarranted provocations.
It called on the security agencies to be “proactive and rise up to their responsibility by decisively dealing with the unlawful utterances and actions of such elements and individuals, no matter their status, who have continued to fan the embers of disunity and discord in the country.
“This should be done with all sense of seriousness and urgency. A stitch in time saves nine.”
The Council also called on “politicians who feel aggrieved by the outcome of the elections to seek redress through appropriate legal channels as provided for in the electoral act and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria rather than resulting to violence and unlawful acts.
“They should remember that Nigeria is the only country that we can call ours.
“Council once again calls on INEC to remain steadfast, committed and not be dissuaded in the discharge of its lawful duties.
“It should focus adequate attention on the conduct of the forthcoming March 11 gubernatorial and state assembly elections.
“The Commissions should do everything within its powers to address the challenges it faced during the February 25 election so as to prevent a reoccurrence.
“Council enjoins all well-meaning Nigerians, national and international organisations to join hands with and support INEC in the task of bringing about new leadership to administer the affairs of our dear country at different levels.
“Let us remember that instituting a legitimate leadership in the country is everybody’s business, therefore, any attempt to truncate the smooth transition of power on 29 May 2023 to the president-elect, without prejudice to the legal process, by any group of people, section or interest (political, religious or ethnic) should be robustly resisted.”
The council again commended the leadership and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for their display of professionalism in the conduct of the February 25 presidential elections.
The country’s apex Muslim organisation commended INEC again for the successful conduct of the election because of the daunting challenges it experienced while carrying out the exercise.
It noted the innovations introduced by the commission, especially the use of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation Systems (BVAS) made the exercise credible.
“This has not only improved the electoral process but also added to the credibility of the results.
“Not surprisingly therefore, there has been an outpour of commendations and plaudits for INEC from numerous governmental, non-governmental organisations and international observer missions on the conduct of the election,” it said. (vitalnewsngr.com)
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