By Akeem Alao
Nasrul-lahi-l-Fatih Society, a Nigerian Muslim Society, has disclosed plan to raise N10 million relief fund to provide succour to those injured and whose businesses and properties were vandalised during the #EndSARS protests across the country.
While disclosing this in a statement signed by the Public Relations Secretary, Abdulakeem Yusuf, on Friday October 30, 2020, the society promised to set up a Fellowship program for traditional and social media journalists.
According to the statement, the program is aimed at recognizing, promoting and rewarding reportage that “accentuates instances of humane, conscientious and gallant acts of the Nigerian police force and promotes good community relationship”.
The President of the society, Mr. Niyi Yusuf, in a statment condemned the use of “gunshots” to disperse peaceful protesters at the Lekki toll gate and the loss of lives and livelihood arising from the riots and looting by hoodlums in several states.
He added that the Society would organize a special prayer for the nation at all branches of the society on Sunday.
He, however, commended the proactive steps taken to normalize the chaotic situation and justice to all affected persons.
“We commend the Governors for their speedy inauguration of judicial panel of inquiry into alleged cases of police brutality at the state level as well as the youth who have conducted themselves peacefully,” the statement reads.
“NASFAT requests that the government accelerate genuine dialogue and consultation with civil society organizations, religious leaders, community elders and youth associations to implement the announced police reforms.
“The government should also reform other institutions, create job opportunities, reduce poverty, promote good governance,” it adds.
NASFAT also called on the security agencies to always exercise restraint as they continue to restore law and order across the country.
NASFAT Chief Missioner, Imam AbdulAzeez Onike, called for an immediate end of all forms of violence, banditry and arson for sustainable peace and security.
According to him, too much blood has already been spilled. “Any life lost is a stain on our humanity. The eyes are shedding tears and the heart is grieved, and we will not say except what pleases our Lord,” he said.