December 5, 2023

The students also expressed concern over the growing spate of insecurity, tension, and economic downturn in the country.

This was contained in a press statement titled ‘Nigeria’s unity important than ethnic bias -MSSNLagos’, by the president of the Muslim Students’ of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, Miftahudeen Thanni, on Monday.

According to him, the unity of Nigeria is more important than ethnic bias.

Part of the statement read, “No responsible government should allow lawlessness to reign. The activities of non-state actors in recent times are worrisome and must be fastly nipped in the bud by the federal and state governments.

“For no reason should the government allow anybody to see him or herself as being beyond the law – especially those fanning the embers of disunity through words or action.

“Down to the South, Sunday Igboho unilaterally issued a quit notice to some Fulani over alleged banditry, and kidnapping despite not being a state actor. In their reactions to this development, prominent groups and famous personalities threatened war.

“This resulted in tension and panic in the region. Though a majority of us did not witness the civil war, the memories of Modakeke crisis and the violence that followed the EndSARS crisis can’t be forgotten. We want peace. Peace is sacrosanct. The full weight of the law should take its course on people who attempt to disrupt peace in the nation.

“Without doubt, an ethnic crisis is brewing in the country and an urgent intervention needs to be made. According to psychologists, people are more sympathetic and emotionally attached to their tribes and could do anything to defend them.

“We are aware of the grievances of many in the South-West against the activities of criminals and bandits. We appeal that a particular tribe should not be tagged and attacked. Instead, we should join hands with the government to fight crime.

“All Nigerians should see ourselves as one regardless of tribe or profession. The unity of this country is paramount than ethnic bias. Both Fulani and Yoruba are Nigerians and we must see ourselves as one.

“We sincerely appeal to all aggrieved parties to sue for peace so that the wrath of the law won’t be melted on them for any erring; as well as not to lose all we have laboured for and the labour of our heroes past should not be in vain.

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