The Muslim Congress (TMC), a faith-based organisation, has commended the Federal Government for standing by the 50-year old international consensus on Jerusalem’s status.
The Congress gave the commendation in its first quarter 2018 “State of the Nation Address” presented by its Amir (President), Dr Luqman AbdurRaheem, on Sunday.
TMC particularly praised Nigeria for tolling the line of Britain, France, Germany, Japan and 123 other countries of the world on that resolution.
“It will be recalled that many Security Council resolutions since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, which have the force of international law, have stated unambiguously that Jerusalem’s status is unresolved.
“That claims of sovereignty by Israel are invalid and that the issue must be settled between the Israelis and the Palestinians.
“Nigeria’s vote is, therefore, an important step in ensuring that the international community stands committed to the agreed parameters of the international peace process.
“The General Assembly resolution, which was overwhelmingly supported with 128 in favour and nine against, simply reiterated that Jerusalem’s status is to be resolved by the Israelis and the Palestinians,’’ AbdurRaheem, who is Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, American University of Nigeria, Yola in Adamawa, said.
The Renaissance reports that the “State of the Nation Address”, the ninth series, is a forum organised by the TMC Committee on Social Mobility, the Economy and Politics.
In such address, the committee raise issues of national interest, review developments as they unfold and suggests solutions as part of the organisation’s contribution to national discourses and development.
On security challenges facing the nation, the committee acknowledged that there was indeed a serious security challenge in the land.
It said this is owing to the senseless and mindless killings being perpetrated in several parts of the country by the Boko Haram group, herdsmen and farmers, kidnappers, cultists and armed robbers.
“The security challenge by the Boko Haram terrorist organisation is being frontally challenged by the military’s gallant efforts, the brilliance of the Air Force servicemen and other committed security personnel.
“A commendable crucial step was the recent approval of 1 billion US dollars by the Governors’ Forum that is aimed at fighting the various security challenges.
“This should step up the intelligence gathering capability and upgrade the armoury of the security personnel in tackling the security challenges.’’
On the horrible experience that Nigerians and some African nationals are having in the hands of stave traders in Libya, TMC appealed to Nigerians to stop travelling without genuine travel documents.
“We wish to warn Nigerians to desist from venturing to travel overseas through land borders without genuine and authentic travel papers.
“Such journeys, especially through the desert and in a country such as Libya that is fragmented into five different parts without any central government, are fraught with dangers of unimaginable proportions.
“Nigerians should not put themselves through more hardship than they would necessarily face in their own country,’’ it stated.
The Committee urged the federal government to continue to provide assistance to all stranded Nigerians who want to return home.
It also appealed that state governments should provide help in rehabilitating the returnees.
The organisation described the recent killings in Benue as shameful and condemnable.
“We condemn the perpetrators of the Benue killings that have led to the loss of about 71 lives in one week.
“We also commiserate with the families of the deceased and urge the federal government to go after the perpetrators and ensure they are brought to book.
“The killings between herdsmen and farmers are security breaches that have gone on for far too long.
“A holistic approach that settles amicably the use of land between these two groups must be sought and enforced.’’
The committee commended the federal government for banning open grazing in Nigeria and direct that all livestock farmers and herdsmen should ranch their animals.
“The security forces must, therefore, go all out to arrest anybody who contravenes the new order,’’ the organisation said.
By Our Correspondent