By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) has congratulates muslims across Globe on the successful completion of the Holy month of Ramadan.
The Association urged Muslims to further pray for Allah’s Guidance for the newly sworn in Government at the National and State levels of the country.
FOMWAN called on its entire membership and all Muslims in Nigeria to seize the opportunity of the just concluded holy month of Ramadan to pray intensely for for the release of Leah Sharibu and all other captives who are yet to regain their freedom.
According to the umbrella Muslim Women’s Association, all human lives are sacred, irrespective of race, religion, gender and social status. Human beings are therefore bound by a common humanity.
In a press release jointly signed by its National President, Hajiya Halima Jibril and the National PRO, Dr Sumaye Hamza, a copy made available to Westernpost Correspondent asserted that Leah and all other captives have a right to freedom which is being infringed upon.
According to FOMWAN, Allah has accorded these freedoms to every individual, including the right to worship which the Quran clearly and strongly affirms in Chapter two, verse 256 where Allah says “there is no compulsion in religion.”
“Quran chapter 10, verse 99 further stresses: Had your Lord willed, everyone on earth would have believed. Will you compel people to become believers? These are clear proofs that Islam abhors conversion by force or by deception. Allah has no need of worship without conviction and genuine faith.
FOMWAN, therefore, prays that Allah will positively touch the hearts of the captors to release Leah Sharibu, and all those that have been in captivity for years.”
The release added that, “As mothers, we share in the agony and grief of parents of Leah and other affected families who for years have missed their children/relatives in this way. We pray to Allah to facilitate their release very soon.”
FOMWAN further charged all Nigerians to put Nigeria first in their dealings believing a true spirit of patriotism is required to move Nigeria forward.
FOMWAN called on the Federal and State Governments to focus more on quality education, job creation for the youth and reducing poverty among women for inclusive governance.
It commends the Federal Government on its recent policy which seeks to review licences on private ownership of guns.
This will no doubt reduce the proliferation of small arms which continues to fuel criminality and violence in Nigeria.