Sheikh Zakzaky Cautions Against Violent Conflicts
Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqub Zakzaky was the centre of attraction at the just concluded innaugural ceremony of an NGO, Christian/Muslim Alternative to Conflict at Arewa House, Kaduna, as he was among the special guests of honour at the occasion.
The innaugural ceremony which was attended by both Muslim and Christian clergies, as well as many of followers of the faiths, discussed roots of conflicts, its management and resolution among other things.
Sheikh Zakzaky in his goodwill message, explained that having many ethnic and religious groups in a country is not a problem. “It is not a problem at all, for that is natural and that is how God want us to be, there is no avoinding it. If one views this as a problem, then is there a problem that has no solution? Tell me no, then any “problem” that has no solution is not a problem at all”.
He pointed out that having different ethnic and religious groups becomes a problem only when people perceived it to be, adding that the society should reap from the blessing of the diversity through understanding and respect for each other’s culture and beliefs. “There can never be a society with one religion or ethnic group. Dialogue is used when it comes to religion,” he said. He also cautioned against engaging in violent conflicts, and laterlook for resolution. “Why fight in the first place?”, he asked.
Sheikh Zakzaky also said, to get to the root of a problem, the society must find out beneficiaries of the conflict, who he said are the perpetrators of the conflict. He called on both Muslims and Christians not to be used by perpetrators of conflict as agents of destruction. He also warned perpetrators of conflicts: “One day you will be devoured by the same conflict you instigate”.
Sheikh Zakzaky commended the organization for the innitiative worthy of emulation and pledged co-operation of the Isamic Movement in Nigeria to achieve the set objectives.
Earlier in his presentation, the chief host, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Musa Gashash (Sardaunan Matasan Nijeriya), identified the many categories of conflicts in the Nigerian context and the trauma within.
He pointed out that part of the objectives of the organization was to curb these violent traits and trauma in all shades and colors, and “to examine our own lives and to make our own commitment to live peacefully with all around us and to accept one another as brothers and sisters.
He extended invitation to all religious bodies, individual and groups to share experiences and find alternative to conflicts in Nigeria.
Chairman of the occasion, Comrade Sheuhu Sani of the Civil Rights Congress, represented by Mohammed Lawal Salisu, innaugurated officials to run affairs of the organization, and called on them to discharge their duties without fear or favour.Leader of the Islamic Movement in Nigeria, Sheikh Ibraheem Yaqub Zakzaky was the centre of attraction at the just concluded innaugural ceremony of an NGO, Christian/Muslim Alternative to Conflict at Arewa House, Kaduna, as he was among the special guests of honour at the occasion.