The Nigeria Association of Teachers of Arabic and Islamic Studies (NATAIS has observed that 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.
This was contained in the communiqué issued at the end of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of NATAIS held at the Federation of Muslim Women Association of Nigeria ((FOMWAN) National Headquarters, Utako, Abuja between August 3 and 5.
The communiqué was jointly signed by the President and National Secretary of the Association, Professor Sani Umar Musa and Dr. Abubakar Kawu Hassan, respectively.
NATAIS, which also observed that the high level of hardship experienced by Nigerians contribute to rise of crimes and criminalities, noted that irregularity in payment of salaries in some states “is contributing to social ills in the country”.
The Association also observed that tensions and challenges in politics are threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria as a nation.
It then recommended that government at all levels should earnestly address security challenges at their various capacities, adding that government should make social welfare of Nigerians a priority in order to ameliorate the hardship experienced by the citizens
“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.
“The efforts of the Federal Government in fighting corruption should be intensified to cut across all sectors”, NATAIS stated.
It urged politicians should play politics with decorum to ensure sustenance of democracy and safety of lives and properties of Nigerians
Advising Islamic religious organizations should come together to address common and challenges facing them, NATAIS said government should sustain this effort by employing more religious studies teachers to sustain the policy.
“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.
“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.
“The Muslim Ummah should educate themselves on Islamic regulations on Islamic brotherhood and how to sustain mutual peace in the society’, the NATAIS’ communiqué further stated.
For a better society.