The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has cautioned political leaders and actors against making provocative and unguarded statements capable of dragging the country into unnecessary conflict and anarchy.
The NSCIA spoke hours after former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Peoples Democratic Party and the Labour Party attacked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the collation of results of the February 25 presidential election progressed.
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NSCIA CAUTIONS POLITICAL LEADERS AND ACTORS
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) cautions political leaders and actors against making provocative and unguarded statements which could drag the country into unnecessary conflict and anarchy.
While reckless statements from inconsequential individuals can be easily ignored, this is not so of those from respected political and religious leaders. It is important that patriotic and well-meaning Nigerian leaders should support unrelenting adherence to process and procedure in the on-going electoral process. This is because any inclination to unprocedural decision or action at this critical time is a direct call for anarchy which will not yield any positive outcome to the Nation.
Meanwhile, the NSCIA counsels the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remain undistracted and committed to its duty until it discharges it to its logical conclusion.
All Nigerians, particularly Muslims are urged to, no matter the level of provocation from certain quarters, remain calm and prayerful.
May Almighty Allah keep our country stable and peaceful.
Prof. Salisu Shehu Arc. Zubairu Haruna Usman-
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