MEMBERS of the Lagos State Area Unit of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) have called for the arrest of the killers of the Hausa woman Harira Jubril and her for children in Anambra State.
On Sunday, pregnant Harira and her kids were killed by unknown gunmen at Isulo, in Orumba North Local Government Area of the state. Her four children were identified as Fatima, 9; Khadijah, 7; Hadiza, 5 and Zaituna, 2.
Miftahudeen Thanni, the president of the MSSN in Lagos State, said it was shameful that the killers of the Northern Muslim family had yet to be identified, arrested and prosecuted, more than three days after the killing became public knowledge. He also described the recent spate of killings in the country as unfortunate, saying that children were at the receiving end.
Mr Thanni added:“That the situation of Nigeria will degenerate to this is unthinkable. Wiping out a family is callous, inhumane and animalistic.
“It’s shameful that three days after the incident happened, no arrest, no prosecution. For how long will criminals continue to walk freely in our nation. These are the worst times for our children and youths. The Nigerian situation is tiring.”
While warning against reprisals, Mr Thanni also condemned the killing of a Christian lady in Sokoto over alleged blasphemy. He said: “We implore the youths and citizens, in general, to be law-abiding, peace-loving and tolerant always.
“We should all learn from the incident that happened in Sokoto where a female student was regrettably killed. The actions of the killers do not represent Islam. The gruesome murder of the student in Sokoto is unlawful and un-Islamic.
“Islam is a religion of peace and denounces terrorism, injustice and jungle justice at any rate. We urge the youths to be calm and tolerant whenever they see things that displease them. The right thing to do is to report to the appropriate authorities.
“It is also unacceptable to blaspheme in all religions, however, if this occurs it is not an opportunity to do jungle justice. Government must ensure that this ugly incident does not repeat itself as stiffer measures should be meted on people doing jungle justice and those that blaspheme.
“It is more painful that the condemnable act happened among students who should know better. The action of the students who killed their colleagues defeats the purpose of education.”