Top Nigeria Islamic Organisations reject Trump’s Jerusalem recognition

…Calls on President Buhari to condemn the injustices

Top Nigeria Islamic Organisations has joined many world leaders and organisation to express disappointments over the recent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the US President Donald Trump against the resolution of the United Nations.

The organisations have called on the United Nations, UN Assembly to urgently reverse the recent declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to reduce maltreating, denigration and injustice against Palestinians who are the rightful owners of the land.

They decried this declaration at a Press Conference held in Lagos on Sunday, saying the decision was a unilateral decision of US President Trump which is not in the interest of any religion in Nigeria.

The organisations comprised of the Muslim Awareness International, MAI, The Muslim Congress, TMC and the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN.

While addressing the newsmen, the National President, Amir of TMC, Dr Lukman Abdur-Raheem called on Nigerians not to see the current global political issue following Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as Islam versus Christianity or Judaism frame.

Pope criticises Trump’s illegal move
He said Nigerians should rather see the issue as that of humanity which requires justice and a unanimous demand from Trump and the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, to return to the ideal status quo of a two-state solution where both Israel and Palestine will live, side by side, in peace.

“It is purely a diplomatic issue, which saw the USA flagrantly violate international agreements and UN resolutions,” he said. 

Dr Luqman explained that the Pope, who has always been an advocate of peace in Palestine has also joined the world in criticising Trump’s illegal move.

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Abdur-Raheem quoted Pope Francis thus: “I cannot remain silent about my deep concern for the situation that has developed in recent days. And at the same time, I wish to make a heartfelt appeal to ensure that everyone is committed to respecting the status quo of the city, in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations.”

He said it was equally important for Nigerian leaders to educate their followers on the situation in Jerusalem, so that they won’t be misinformed by politicians.

He said the declaration which has led to loss of lives and injured many Palestinians in the last few days was neither in the interest of Christians or Muslims.

“It was a politically selfish desire of America’s Trump and his accomplice, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” Dr Luqman stated.

“Let it also be known that the sufferings of Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank are not meted out to Muslims alone. Christians are also being persecuted in Palestine. Contrary to erroneous belief that the state of Israel represents Christianity, we unequivocally state that the current Zionist regime has never represented Christianity,”he adds. 

While speaking on the issue, the President of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, Dr. Saheed Ashafa enjoined  world leaders to consider Trump’s statement as “a faulty personal opinion.”

“This is an obnoxious decision by the US President. It is not only an injustice to the Palestinians but also a slap on the face of all Muslims in the world,” he adds.

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Respect of the international law
Ashafa urged President Buhari to also join other contemporary world leaders in the condemnation.

“This is an injustice of the highest order. Jerusalem is the hub of Aqsa Mosque which is one of the Muslims’ three holiest mosques in Islam,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Director of the Muslim Awareness International, MAI Abdul Waheed Adetoyebi demanded that the Arab and Islamic nations individually and collectively mount diplomatic, political, economic and pressure on the United States and Israel, who are globally isolated in being the only protagonists and beneficiaries of the landmark theft of the world.

“We welcome with immense relief the suggestion of a diplomatic boycott of Israel over this unfortunate course of action by Turkey and Lebanon, and we strongly encourage other Arab and Muslim nations to follow suit, knowing fully well that such diplomatic, political and economic pressure is the language most understood by America and Israel,” Atoyebi stated.

British Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu have condemned President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to later move the U.S. embassy there. They consider the decision as “regrettable”, ”irresponsible” and ”dangerous” which also “contravenes international law and U.N. Security Council resolutions.”

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari has remained silent while countries like Bolivia, Italy, Senegal, Sweden and Uruguay have requested for United Nations Security Council emergency meeting.

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