The communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS) held at The Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria ((FOMWAN) National Headquarters, Utako, Abuja between 3rd and fifth August, 2018 (20thto 22nd Zul- Qa’da 1439 A.H)
The Meeting has observed the following:
1. Tensions and challenges in politics are threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria as a nation.
2. The security challenges in the country are not only responsible for violation of sacred lives of the people but also a setback to the economic development.
3. The high level of hardship experienced by Nigerians contribute to rise of crimes and criminalities.
4. Irregularity in payment of salaries in some states is contributing to social ills in the country.
5. The low level of attention paid to corruption in states and local government is a threat to the fighting against corruption by the federal government.
6. The crises in the Middle East as a result of disunity among the Muslim world have contributed to the blackmail that Islam and Muslims face in the contemporary world.
7. Lack of proper co-ordination among Muslim organizations is responsible for not speaking with one voice to address Issues affecting Muslims in Nigeria.
8. The effort of the Federal Government in separating religious studies from Religions and National Values (RNV) is a welcome development.
9. That moral decadence which has been on the rise needs to be checked.
10. The level of insecurity in the country especially among the Muslim dominated community should be of great concerned to the Muslim Ummah and the nation at large.
Sequel to the above stated observations, the meeting recommends as follows:
1 Politicians should play politics with decorum to ensure sustenance of democracy and safety of lives and properties of Nigerians
2 Government at all levels should earnestly address security challenges at their various capacities.
3. The government should make social welfare of Nigerians a priority in order to ameliorate the hardship experienced by the citizens.
4. Government of the concerned states should, as a matter of urgency, pay salaries and entitlements of workers in order to address the challenges of poverty.
5. The efforts of the federal government in fighting corruption should be intensified to cut across all sectors.
6. Islamic religious organizations should come together to address common and challenges facing them.
7. The government should sustain this effort by employing more religious studies teachers to sustain the policy.
8. Muslims in the Middle East should be united and tolerate their differences in order to terminate the crises among them and safeguard the sanctity of Islam.
9. Parents and society at large should prioritize teaching and learning of Islamic ethos so as to mitigate if not eradicate moral decadence in our community.
10. the Muslim UMMAH should educate themselves on Islamic regulations on Islamic brotherhood and how to sustain mutual peace in the society.
The meeting appreciates the Honourable Minister, Federal Capital territory, Abuja, the Executive chairman, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) Alhaji Adamu Abdullahi Candido, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede (JAMB registrar), Dr. Muhammad Gambo Hamzat (Provost FCT College of Education, Zuba), Prof. Ismail Junaid, Alh. Ahmed Ibrahim (NERDC), Alh. Aliyu Dikko, Alh. Abdullahi Abdul Malik Diggi, Chairman , FCT Secondary Education Board (SEB), chairman and Director FCT UBEB, Prof. Galadanci (Murshid National Mosque), JIBWIS National headquarters, FOMWAN National Headquarters, Ibn Affan Masjid Wuse II and all the good people of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for their contributions to the success of the meeting.
Dr. Abubakar Kawu Hassan Professor Sani Umar Musa
National Secretary President