Monday, November 02, 2020

MPAC condemns burning of worship centres, hate speeches, Catholic Church calls for calm - ITREALMS

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The Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC) has condemned the alleged burning of worship centres including mosques in Nsukka in Enugu State on Sunday, following a disagreement over transport fare between a tricycle operator and a female passenger identified as Aisha, reports 

The tricycle operator, ITREALMS gathered was identified as Kelechi.

This is coming as the Catholic diocese of Nsukka, has appealed to “all the sides in this agitated situation to remain calm but vigilant.”

MPAC in a press statement available to ITREALMS and endorsed by its Executive Chairman, Disu Kamor, said they offered prayers and supports to the Muslim community in Nsukka and stands in solidarity with theme in the South-East and South-South parts of Nigeria.

“This tragedy presents an opportunity for elected officials in the affected states to take leadership in ensuring that violent extremists and those promoting hate do not continue to find it easy to hate, kill and maim.

“Of particular cause for alarm are individuals who serve as hate merchants, using the pulpit as a cover, to create a false impression about Islam and Muslims, and luring bloodthirsty miscreants into false promises of salvation and glory through the practice of hate and violence.

“An essential measure to counter individuals that promote hate is to empower the mainstream and relegate extremists to the irrelevance they deserve. It is the duty of the government to provide a suitable platform to amplify voices of humanity, dignity and tolerance. It is also the duty of all Nigerians who believe in our common humanity and those who value human lives equally to respond to this form of extremism through engagement, positive articulations of theology and a willingness to stand up to and push back against voices that use the garb of religious authority to further their destructive agenda.

“It is sad, once again, to see that the media has maintained complete silence on the recurring crises of mindless attacks on Muslims and their places of worship in the SE and SS states. They have missed several opportunities to report on the plight of these Muslim Nigerians and at this point, it is important to make clear a crucial fact: that media bias is not only about what was reported, but also about what was left unreported. If this criminal silence does not make them an accomplice to these crimes, in the least, it shows that those in the media who are quick to report on Muslims and the atrocities committed in the name of Islam, are willing tools in the hands of extremists.

“They have set aside the ethics and principles of their profession to become allies to the extremists on both sides, breathlessly amplifying the voice of one and rendering the victims of the other voiceless. To their utter shame and disgrace, they are unethical and unscrupulous individuals who practice journalism without conscience and put different pricetags on human lives.

“We use this occasion to once again call on law enforcement agencies and government officials to protect the Muslim communities and work closer with the Muslim groups in the SE and SS states in order to help end the siege on these communities. It is also necessary for the government, 
humanitarian groups and public-spirited individuals to provide immediate assistance to those already in the displaced camps as a result of the series of hate-motivated attacks in the last," he urged.

Ozo Nweke Ozo/Editor

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