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NSCIA alleges discrimination against Muslims in palliative interventions

…Bemoans harsh economic situation

 

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has alleged that some states are discriminating against Muslims by excluding them from the federal and state governments palliatives available to Nigerians.

 

Secretary General of the group, Prof. Is-haq Akintola, who alleged in a statement said a case study of such was Plateau state.

He expressed concern over the present economic situation in the country, caused by removal of fuel subsidy.

“NSCIA is deeply concerned about the current economic reality in Nigeria and the devastating impacts of the removal of petrol subsidy on Nigerians.

“The Council is aware that the current challenges are overwhelming as those who are just recovering from the aftershocks of terrorism and insecurity are now confronted with economic challenges to the extent that meeting basic needs is now a luxury for the majority of Muslims.

“For many households, survival is a daily battle as the number of the poor keeps increasing within the ummah.

“As part of providing for the needs of the Muslim Ummah, the Council had established the Mission for Education, Society and Health, MESH, in 2016 and the Mission has been doing much in supporting the rationale for its existence.

“MESH since its establishment has been actively and proactively intervening in the educational, social and health concerns of the Ummah.

“While MESH continues to do its work, the Ummah Care Initiative is conceived as an emergency palliative intervention to cushion the effects of the current economic hardship on the vulnerable members of the Muslim ummah.

“This is without prejudice to the efforts of the federal and state governments in making palliatives available to Nigerians.

“The Council is aware that some states are discriminating against Muslims through excluding them from such interventions. A case study of such is Plateau state.

“Given this emergency situation, the Initiative will mobilise resources across the country for the benefit of the socially excluded members of the Muslim community.

“After the exercise, the Initiative will dissolve into MESH which will continue with its generic work of alleviating the suffering of the Nigerian Muslims, giving hope to the poor and providing the basic needs to the most vulnerable.”

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