Bombings and other forms of violence prevalent in muslim dominated countries like Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Mali and Pakistan may soon engulf the entire country of Nigeria, according to the chairman of the Northern Governors’ Forum, Babangida Aliyu.
The Niger state governor disclosed this on Friday at a three-day workshop for Chief Imams of North Central Zone in Minna.
He blamed the crisis in the country on greed and ignorance, heightened by social inequality.
He said, ”
We must arrest the situation before the problem engulfs the whole country; we must also not allow a situation where foreign countries and interests get entrenched in our domestic problems.
“In the religion of Islam, ‘Sallam’ means peace, moderation. There cannot be extremism of killing people in the name of that religion.
“And so, the most responsible people in the community are the Imams and the Muslim clerics, and we need to make them appreciate the position of the government in many of the policy matters and also to listen to them because sometimes, part of the problem is that people are not listening or those in leadership positions are not listening to the people to know what are the problems on the ground.
“Many of us are thinking that we know everything and begin to formulate policies that are at variance with what the people are looking for, and need to listen to. We need to understand and bring them closer.
“An example is the polio issue. There was a time some of them were saying that the polio vaccine has something that will stop the female from producing children, and it is not true.
“But I think at the point of policy formulation, they were not contacted, nobody spoke to them; now, we must speak to them so that during the Friday sermons, the Imams will enlighten the people on some of the government policies and societal ills so that we can bring the people to embrace peace.”