AFIMN BAUCHI CHAPTER VISITED ST JOHN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL BAUCHI ON 1ST JANUARY 2017
Speech by Musa Bayi Muhammad at ST.JOHN'S CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL BAUCHI. ON THE NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS
My fellow lovers of humanity- ladies and gentlemen, happy new year to you all.
As we are here to celebrate with you the arrival of a brand new year, we, members of the Academic Forum of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (AFIMN), have felt compelled to be here with you to not only celebrate this year but also to express our heartfelt condolences over the ongoing carnage in Southern Kaduna where many Christians are brutally being killed the way Shia citizens were massacred more than a year ago in Zaria. As I am talking to you, thousands of Christians are locked up in their own homes in Kaduna as a result of curfew imposed on them by the government who is in some ways complicit in their ordeal.
We are really here to also express our happiness over your courage to speak out against our state-sanctioned persecution, we are, however, glad to inform you that we members of the Islamic Movement popularly known as Shia in Nigeria are peace-loving society and we will never severe the kind of harmonious relationship that exists between us. The first Shia Imam, cousin as well as Son-in-Law of the Holy Messenger of Allah , Ali (a.s) said "A person is of two types : He is either your brother in faith or a counterpart in humanity. "
Therefore, despite our religious differences, we still regard you, Christians as our brothers bound by a sense of humanity.
It is against this backdrop that we are celebrating this year with you and we are optimistic that this year will be a year of hope, Peace and economic revival.
As I'm about to conclude, I will be very glad if you will join us , stand with us against all kind of injustice and inhumanity in Nigeria -Let's unite and call for the Freedom of the ambassador of peace and unity in Nigeria, Shaikh Ibraheem Zakzaky (H)
Happy new year to you once again.
Musa Bayi Muhammad
AFIMN Bauchi Chapter
For AFIMN National