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Reject Theresa May’s speech on same-sex marriage – MSSN tells Buhari

 

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit, on Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to without wasting much time, reject British Prime Minister, Theresa May’s advice on same-sex marriage.

 

MSSN Lagos Amir (President), Dr. Saheed Ashafa in a statement marking the 64th year of establishing MSSN in Nigeria, a copy which was made available to DAILY POST, insisted that “such a suggestion would increase immorality and crimes in the country”.

 

He urged President Buhari to consider May’s suggestion on same-sex marriage as “a mere freedom of expression”.

 

DAILY POST recalls that May had at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting holding in the British capital urged Nigeria and other countries to revoke laws banning same-sex marriage. 

 

But, Ashafa cautioned that Nigeria should not be lured by her promise that the United Kingdom will support any country that legalises same-sex marriage.

 

He explained that such would increase immorality and crimes in the country.

 

Ashafa while speaking also frowned at the silence of the presidency on the matter, adding that “the president’s silence is worrisome”.

 

He appealed to President Buhari to continuously reiterate the position of Nigeria at all fora where such was discussed.

 

He also cautioned that Nigeria should not be lured by PM May’s promise that the United Kingdom’s will support any country that legalises same-sex marriage.

 

Ashafa said, “Theresa May’s call for support of same-sex marriage is a mere wish and also an exercise of one’s freedom of expression.

 

“To us, it has no effect. We know the position of Nigeria on same-sex, it remains an abomination and there is no doubt about it. It must not change. It is one of the factors helping to reduce crimes in Nigeria.

 

“Theresa and others with similar desire only need to remember that we are an independent nation with our own autonomy; our freedom of thought remains sacrosanct. The same-sex marriage ideology is a practice that should never happen in Nigeria.

 

“Here in Nigeria, our constitution recognises multiplicity of religion and God as the supreme being, and as such His forbiddens are consciously avoided. Same-sex marriage is unlawful, and it is so held. It is an abomination and a call to it is a call to destruction.”

MSSN at 64: Moments in history

 

Muhammad Jameel Muhammad chronicles the history of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), which turned 64 today. He identifies the progress made so far as well as the challenges.

 

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria was established 18 April 1954 at the Methodist Boys’ High School Lagos, at a meeting convened by brother Tajuddeen Aromasodun and attended by the likes of brothers Lateef Adegbite, Saheed Alade, Momo Sanni, Shehu Musa, Fatai Mabadeje, and sisters Zaidiat Anibaba and Mabadeje. These brothers and sisters consequently became the founders of the Society and some of them serving as its first set of National Executive Council under the leadership of Dr. AbdulLateef O. Adegbite of blessed memory.

 

The main objective at the formation of the Society was to protect the Muslims from the crusade of the colonial missionaries who were using access to western education as an avenue to rob Muslim Students of their faith in Allah and to bring Muslims in a closer union as well as having sound Islamic knowledge.

 

In the words of Dr Adegbite, the first decade of the Society (as cited by Abdul Kareem 2014) was a ‘Decade of Crusade’. Let us not forget that it was this crusade to survive as Muslims or submit to Christianity that assisted or rather propelled the founding fathers of the MSSN.

 

The Society got its first major encouragement from the late Oba (Chief) Adeniji Adele of Lagos when he hosted the first National Conference. The Muslim community further appreciated the existence of the Society. The Muslim parents, having understood the objectives of the Society, undertook a campaign ‘Operation Join MSSN’ (AbdulKareem, 2014).

 

The campaign by the parents and resoluteness of the leaders paid off as the second National Conference, which was held at Ijebu Ode saw a large turnout of members and registration of the Nigeria’s Premier University, University of Ibadan, as the first higher institution branch.

 

By 1958, the Society through its activities, had the recognition of the Western region under Chief Obafemi Awolowo, a Christian, who advocated for secularity in Nigeria and regarded Muslims as fanatics. He invited the leadership of MSSN to an official government ceremony. The Society, being non-tribal and apolitical, had then Alh D. S. Adegbenro, Alh Ahmadu Bello Sardaunan Sokoto and Mal. Aminu Kano as its Patrons. The Crusade continued especially with the registration of University of Ibadan which was a mini Nigeria because of the existence of students from all parts of the nation in it.

 

The Second Decade in the history of the Society was, in the words of Brother Abdur Razak Solaja, the 7th National Amir who coincidentally was the first Amir in the second decade, the ‘Decade of Consolidation’. He brought about remarkable expansion through various initiatives, policies, and programmes like seminars and conferences. During this decade, the first tour to the North by the National Leadership of MSSN was undertaken by The Hussain Abdul Kareem(the oldest living National Amir, 1963-1965)- led executive.

 

This decade also saw the creation of 8 Area Units in the regions of the Country namely; West Area Unit A, West Area Unit B, West Area Unit C, Near-North Area Unit, Far-North Area Unit, Bauchi-Adamawa Area Unit, Mid-West Area Unit and Lagos Area Unit. The time also witnessed partnership with International Organisations and the initiation of programmes like the Islamic Vacation Course (IVC ), which has become synonymous with the itself MSSN.

 

The Third Decade was tagged by its first National Amir as the ‘Decade of Propagation’. Nigeria witnessed the creation of 19 States within this period and, for ease of propagation, the MSSN established 20 Area Units. All States had an Area Unit with exception of Oyo which was divided into two. For ease of administration, programme convenience and to reduce distance, the Country was divided into two i.e. A & B Zones. A Zone (Northern Nigeria) and B Zone (Southern Nigeria). Also, to cater for membership of the Society who have either graduated from secondary or post secondary schools but still identify with the objectives of the Society and the concept of studentship in Islam, Central branches were introduced in towns and cities to take care of their needs. All these were witnessed within the propagation decade.

 

The Fourth Decade was labelled by its first National Amir as ‘Reformation Decade’. The Society, during this period, was engulfed in internal crisis especially in the B Zone that threatened the coherent existence of the Zone and the Society in general. Alhamdulillah, this was later surmounted with the intervention of the Board of Trustees. The A Zone also had its share of internal challenges during this period especially on ideological front over what constitutes Islamic government and how should it be established. But despite all these challenges, additional Area Units were created with the creation of additional States making the Units to be thirty one (31) including the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Most Islamic Organizations that emanated from the MSSN or its members were established during this period.

 

The Fifth Decade was seen as the ‘Decade of Rejuvenation’. After the numerous internal crisis and challenges, it was natural that there will be the need to reinvent some of the wills and even bring to bare the objectives and workings of the Society especially to the members who joined during this period. The Society got involved in a lot or seminars, retreats and publications. The constitution the Society was also amended to address some of the causes of the crisis.

 

The political space and governance in the Country had a positive feel of the trainees and cultured members of the Society and Nigeria was better for it The celebrations of the 50th and 60th anniversaries of the Society marked the beginning and the end of the decade.

 

The Sixth Decade and the last decade under review is in the words of it first National Amir ‘Decade of Reintegration and Consolidation’. With the precipitating effects of the crisis and the drawbacks, there was the need to retrace the path of the founding fathers of MSSN. This gave rise to a retreat for the National Working Committee (NWC) of the Society to further understand the objectives of the Society. The Society is also witnessing a lot of consolidation in terms of documentations, erection of physical structures, tour around the Zones, Area Units, Councils and Branches, regularised meetings with the Board of Trustees, bringing brothers and sisters of Secondary schools in the nation together to foster unity and contributions to national development.

 

In conclusion, it is worrisome that this Society that has brought nothing but good to the Muslims and humanity in general still suffers misrepresentation by the public. It is at times misconstrued by enemies of common good as either a violent or even terrorist organisation. Those that even knew and understood what it represents and protects find it difficult to support it and its activities.

 

Let me make a clarion call to all and sundry that the MSSN came with nothing but goodness, meant nothing but good, is doing nothing but good and will continue to remain on the part of goodness.

 

Mr Muhammad Jameel Muhammad is the 35th National (Amir) President. He could be reached via 08165494634, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Ambode, RRS chief warn against insensitivity to Nigeria’s security - Security Symposium

L-R: Amir of the Muslim Students' Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area, Dr. Saheed Ashafa; Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof Ishaq Akintola;  President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Odumakin; Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, AbdulLateef AbdulHakeem and Lagos Commander, Rapid Response Squad, Olatunji Disu, at a security symposium organised by the MSSNLagos at the weekend in Lagos State.

 

The Lagos State Commander of Rapid Response Squad, Olatunji Disu, has urged Nigerians not to be careless with their SIM card, saying it is the target of some thieves.

 

He said this at a security symposium organised by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit on ‘Nigeria Security Challenge: How it Concerns You’ at the weekend.

 

Among other speakers at the security symposium were the Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode; President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, Dr. Joe Odumakin and Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof. Ishaq Akintola.

 

Disu, who was the guest speaker at the event, advised Nigerians to develop security codes with family and friends.

 

This, he said, would make communication easy with friends and family in times of distress.

 

He said, “Let us all learn some gestures and codes to send messages to our family, especially our children to warn them to be careful with a person or in a place. It could be a handshake, or a gaze or a pat on the back.

 

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“We should also learn to keep details of our lives away from social media. When we were young, our parents warned us not to talk to strangers. We forget that when we share our lives online, we are sending vital information about our lives to strangers all over the world.

 

“Keep your houses secured, we can do this using CCTV in our various homes. It’s a security measure to know what goes on when we are not around and to know who is watching us. Also, protect your ATM cards, cheque books and SIM cards, especially the one you opened your account with, some thieves are not interested in your phones now but your SIM cards.”

 

Ambode urged Nigerians to pay a serious attention to the security situation in the country, adding that the job of security belonged to everyone.

 

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He advised parents to monitor the activities of their children, noting that those causing insecurity in the country were wrongly enlightened.

 

Ambode represented by Commissioner for Home Affairs, Abdul Hakeem Abdul Lateef said, “Parenting is a profession. It is the greatest job of every one of us. We have a job to build leaders. We must dedicate time to learn and build the type of children who will guarantee security.

 

“Contentment is very important. Teach your children to be contented. Let us not promise our children what we won’t fulfil. Let us walk the talk. When we make a promise, let us deliver. We must all be sensitive to the current security situation by playing our roles adequately.”

 

Speaking on the topic, ‘Role of Women in National Security’, Odumakin encouraged women to step up their roles as key security agents.

 

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She said, “It is high time women took seriously the job of protecting their children. There are so many evils in the world today, contributing to the emergence of heightened crime rate in recent time.

 

“Recruiting women in security agencies is also essential as we should build a sustainable relationship and be conscious of people’s needs.”

 

Akintola explained that it was important for government at all levels and institutions to ensure the protection of rights by promoting equity.

 

The Amir (President) of the MSSN Lagos, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, said the symposium was organised to find a solution to the security challenge in the country.

 

“We are also affected by the security challenge in the country. In fact, recent condemnable occurrences have shown that students are the worst hit by the challenge. We hope that government will intensify effort on its move to ensure security in Nigeria,” he said.

#Dapchigirls release, biggest relief of the moment – MSSN

 

The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has expressed delight over the release of schoolgirls earlier abducted at a school in Dapchi, Yobe State, describing it as the biggest relief of the moment.

 

The students’ body in a press statement by the president of MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, congratulated the parents of the released girls and sympathised with those whose daughters yet to be released.

 

The Federal Government has announced the release of the girls abducted by the insurgents at Government Science and Technical School, Dapchi on February 19.

 

The insurgents transported the girls back to Dapchi in the early hours of Wednesday.

 

While expressing optimism that the remaining girls would be released, Ashafa urged that adequate security measures should be put in place to prevent a similar occurrence.

 

He appealed that security should be tightened in all schools across the country, adding that attention should be paid to the medical and mental state of the released girls.

 

He said, “We hail the return of the Dapchi Schoolgirls and rejoice with their parents for the biggest relief of the moment. We appeal that Nigerian girls should never again be abducted from their schools. This is because when incidences like this happen, government and organisations’ efforts to get more children in school is defeated.

 

“It sends a negative signal about education and parents/guardians will be scared that schools are insecure places for girls. The provision of a safe environment for education is very crucial and germane to the nation’s progress.”

 

Ashafa, who condemned perpetrators of the abduction, demanded that more resources should be deployed to the security of schools.

 

“Situations, whereby students are exposed to various degrees of security threats, are unacceptable. Government at all levels must deploy quality resources to address the issue of security pitfalls in schools and our country as a whole,” he added.

Non-academic staff strike: MSSN faults FG's silence, calls for urgent resolution

 
The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has expressed displeasure over the silence of the Federal Government on the ongoing nationwide strike embarked upon by non-academic workers of universities in Nigeria.
 
The Amir (President) of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, in a statement, complained about the alleged poor attention paid to the striking workers by the Federal Government.
 
His reaction is coming few days to the organisation’s Sisters Empowerment Programme and Campus Interactive Forum scheduled for February 24th and 25th respectively.
 
According to him, the ongoing strike had stayed too long and will further worsen the country’s standard of education.
 
He wondered why the Federal Government would subject a segment of universities’ workers to hardship, urging that an urgent effort should be made to get the issue resolved.
 
Ashafa urged that President Muhammadu Buhari should react to the ongoing crisis like other national issues, saying “his not giving priority to the strike action is sending a bad perception about his administration”.
 
He said, “In the first place, the strike is avoidable and needless. It is unpalatable to the hearing that a country like Nigeria still pays low attention to workers’ welfare. The poor attention and undue silence of the Federal Government over the ongoing strike embarked upon by members of NASU, SSANU and NAAT is condemnable and highly demoralizing. 
 
“It is understandable that children of majority of those leading the education agencies and ministries that should engage the striking workers are studying abroad, but that should not mean that the sons and daughters of the Nigerian masses should be made to suffer for developing interest in education.
 
“As we speak, some of our universities smell and stink, others have their libraries, health centres, power houses and other strategic facilities shut down. Students now live on university campuses like they are in the jungle. This is pathetic and must be urgently addressed.
 
“We will not get the best from our workers if we continue to treat them like slaves; their commitment to work will be vacuous. Apart from having meetings with the striking workers, the generality of Nigerians deserve to know what the plans of the FG are in resolving this crisis and preventing subsequent ones.”
 
Ashafa, who appealed to the striking workers to be considerate, regretted that students were the ones at the receiving end of the strike.
 
“It appears that the workers are fighting for their rights, but they should always remember that the students affected are their children. We plead with them not to allow the agitation for their rights to affect the whole essence of education in the country,” he added.
 
The JAC, comprising the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU); the Non- Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Associated Institutions (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) on Dec. 4, 2017, embarked on an indefinite strike.
 
They are protesting non-implementation of the agreement they entered into with the Federal Government in 2009.
 
The unions are also protesting the sharing formula of the N23 billion released by the Federal Government as part of the earned allowance for workers of Federal universities.

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