Embassy relocation: You are not patriotic, TMC tells CAN as Oyo Muslims protest

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The Muslim Congress (TMC), a faith-based organisation has taken a critical look at the recent advice of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to the Federal Government to relocate Nigeria’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying the Christian body “is unpatriotic with its advice.

Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, the Amir (President) of the The Muslim Congress (TMC)

Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, the Amir (President) of The Muslim Congress (TMC)

Also, some Muslims in Oyo State on Friday organised a peaceful protest against the continued occupation of Palestinian land by the Israelis as well as the transfer of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The criticism is contained in a statement issued by the Amir (President) of the TMC, Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, and made available to The Renaissance on Friday in Lagos.
“The Muslim Congress condemns in the strongest terms the advice of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to the Federal Government of Nigeria to relocate Nigeria’s embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as done by the United States of America.
“The move attracted global condemnation from countries with conscience and integrity,” AbdurRaheem stated.
According to the organisation, the ill-informed advice is akin to asking the federal government to relocate its capital from Abuja to the disputed Bakassi region between Nigeria and Cameroon.
“It is obvious that CAN, as presently constituted, does not like Muslims and the development of Islam locally and internationally.
“This unfortunate comment is shameful and inimical to global and local cooperation and solidarity.
“Instead of the Christian organisation to address the lingering allegation of the N40 million “transport money” collected by its leaders from President Buhari during their visit to the Presidential Villa, they diverted attention by issuing an unsolicited advice to the government.
“We have said severally in our timely press releases that CAN as presently constituted, is a political association with selfish interests; it does not represent the best interests of peace-loving Christians in Nigeria,” the statement read in part.
“Ignorantly, the group asserted that the declaration made by President Donald Trump on Dec. 6, 2017 was a fulfilment of a Biblical prophecy.
“On what basis did CAN make this assertion? Is Trump a Crusader or another King David?
“Worse still, CAN said in its statement that it was its prayers that other countries including Nigeria will relocate their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, thereby taking a position different from the position of Nigeria. Is this patriotism?”
 TMC, therefore, urged the federal government to maintain its rational and thoughtful posture on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict.
“President Muhammadu Buhari and his team of foreign policymakers should disregard the misguided barking of the association.
“The issues of concern are the Christian and Muslim Palestinians who are being killed by Zionist Israel.
“Must these inhuman atrocities be allowed to continue because America is involved? We should remember that Rome, Greece and many other civilisations in the world collapsed on the crucibles of injustice and impunity,” TNC stated.
Meanwhile, Muslims in Oyo State on Friday organised a peaceful protest against the continued occupation of Palestinian land by the Israelis as well as the transfer of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Recall that the U.S. had on May 14 formally opened her embassy in Jerusalem, saying it remains the capital of  Israel.

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But speaking on the sidelines of the protest,  Mr Atta Rasheed, the Coordinator of the Al-Qudus Foundation, said Israel had been occupying portions of Palestine land unlawfully since 1948.

Rasheed called on all peace-loving people of the world and nations with sympathy for justice and human dignity not only to condemn the act but sanction Israel, US and their allies.

He urged other nations to severe their relationship with Israel by withdrawing their ties.

In his contribution, the Chief Imam of Alegongo, Sheikh Ismail Bushari, said Muslims were unhappy with the wrongful occupation of Palestine land by Israel.

“Muslims, the Nigerian government, United Nations and other countries are not in support of the US moving her embassy to Jerusalem because it is against the rights of the Palestinians,’’ he said.

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