The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency over the rising spate of insecurity in the country.
NSCIA’s appeal was made by Yusuf Nwoha, its Director of Administration, at a press conference on the state of the nation in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to the religious group, the security situation in the country is very dire currently, noting that drastic measures must be taken to quell the crime rate in the country.
“Let the monster of insecurity be tackled actively and proactively with the full weight of Nigeria’s security and defence capabilities,” Nwoha said.
The council also stated that the activities of Boko Haram and other Islamic-professed terrorist groups do not align with the teachings and principle of Islam.
“We want to state in unequivocal terms that Boko Haram does not represent Islam or Muslims,” Nwoha said.
The council said the Federal Government needs to act decisively by declaring a state of emergency on insecurity.
“The Federal Government should deploy all the military arsenals at its disposal to arrest the trend for the interest of lives and properties of the citizens.
“We also urge the federal government to review and reinvent its security architecture by injecting more vim into security operations all over the country without delay,” the NSCIA director said.
There has been a surge in the crime rate recorded in the country recently, with increased attacks carried out by the terrorists in Northern Nigeria while armed robbery and kidnapping has escalated in the Southern part of the country.