The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN, has called on Nigerians to participate in the coming general election, playing the game according to the rules.
MSSN, expressing concern advised that Nigerians should not only go out en masse on the day of election to cast their votes, they should vote candidates with good character and with the fear of Allah.
The call was made by MSSN B-Zone in a statement signed by its Amir, Qaasim Odedeji; Secretary, Alhaji Abdul Jalil Abdur Rasaq and Public Relations Officer, Bashir Momoh.
“These attributes, we believe, are capable of propelling those who have them to do what is right and be just and fair to all and sundry.
“We also call on everyone to shun all acts of electoral offences such as hooliganism, thuggery, ballot stuffing and vote buying. Our primary consideration should be the progress and development of our nation and the wellbeing of this generation of our people and those yet unborn,” the group said.
MSSN also warned politicians to be careful in the way they conduct themselves.
The statement reads further: “They should know that one day, they will give account before man and Allah, the All-Knowing, the Judge of all judges. They should also learn from their colleagues and leaders of yesterday who are currently cooling their heads in prison. How fast the time changes!
“We call on INEC officials, security agencies, international and local observers, the media and all other stakeholders who are involved one way or the other in election processes to fear Allah and eschew all actions capable of throwing this country into chaos. Progress and development are possible only in an atmosphere of peace. Nigeria and its people have a lot to learn in the political histories of other countries of the world such as Afghanistan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Libya etc. We should therefore not allow ourselves to be used to destabilize this country.
“We finally urge our religious leaders especially the Muslim clerics to continue praying for peace and progress of our dear nation.”