The Alasalatu Society of Nigeria and West Africa (ASONWA), rose from its 41-day Annual supplications/prayers in Abeokuta, urging Nigerians to pray fervently for the good leadership, unity, peace and progress of the country.
This is contained in a statement, jointly signed by the group’s Missionary leader and Secretary-General, Khalifah Abdulfatah Ajani Akorede and Kamaldeen Akintunde, and made available to The Renaissance on Monday in Lagos.
Then society enjoined the adherents of the two faiths in the country, and especially the clerics to engage in fervent prayers for unity and peace to reign supreme in the God’s own nation, and for violence-free elections come 2019.
ASONWA tasked governments to encourage and support the initiative to seeking divine intervention in solving Nigeria’s multiple challenges.
It emphasised the need for social rebirth and attitudinal change by citizens in the collective task of nation-building.
The group, with teeming parents and adults as members, commiserated with the academic community, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) and parents of the 12 University of Maiduguri (UNIMAID) students who recently lost their lives in a ghastly motor accident while departing their campus for their homes because of the ASUU strike.
ASONWA emphasised the need for quick and amicable resolution of the disagreement, asking ASUU to be magnanimous and as a ‘respect’ to the departed undergraduates.
It charged NANS leadership, as a “unit of the solution” and a critical stakeholder in the education sector to engage both parties and strike a balance between their teachers and government to end the industrial action.
It noted that Students Unionism has come of age, the leadership of which must be seen to be responsible, responsive and as part of the solution to resolving matters connected with them.
ASONWA called for a ‘paradigm shift’ from the radical or violence-inclined style by Students Union Governments (SUG) to a more constructive, meaningful, yet result in yielding approach at settling grievances with authorities.
By our correspondent
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