The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, under the leadership of His Eminence, Alhaji
Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar, CFR, mni, the Sultan of Sokoto and President-
General JNI, expresses its unquantifiable pain and sadness over the
unbelievable inhuman act of the kidnapping of Muslim children in Kano State
by Igbo Christian slave traders in this twenty first (21st) century, kidnappers
who then sold the children into slavery and were subsequently converted to
Credit to the Nigeria Police Force, Daily Trust and the Daily Nigerian news
outlets for their respective exceptional performances, breakthrough and
professionalism in uncovering this act of man’s inhumanity perpetrated by
these Igbo Christians. What was painfully shocking was the desperation of
converting these Muslim minors to Christianity and changing their names to
Christian names, in order to obliterate their history, lineage and culture.
What would have happened now in Nigeria if the story is the other way
round? The lopsided Christian Nigerian media lords, practitioners, institutions
and their sponsors would have stuffed the airwaves and newspaper pages
with all sorts of inciting captions, in electronic and print media calling
Muslims all sorts of derogatory names in order to stigmatize them. But alas!
The usual conspiracy of silence on such issues which affect Muslims’ rights
and dignity in Nigeria is now evident, as if nothing had happened.
Tribal jingoists and religious bigots would have called for secession and
poured all sorts of curses and invectives on Muslims and their religion.
Allegations and agitations would have drowned everyone listening to the
news by now. Social media would have been awash with floods of hate
speeches and abuses.
We nonetheless condemn in the strongest terms this act of barbarism of
inhumanity against Muslim children. It is unacceptable, dehumanizing and
We call on all government agencies responsible to fast-track the return and
rehabilitation of the abducted kids with their parents and relatives and
investigate further the reported cases of hundreds of the same criminality
being reported by parents in Kano, and who knows where else in Muslim
states. We also call on all parents to be vigilant of their children against
The perpetrators must be tried and sanctioned appropriately in accordance
with the relevant laws. We shall keep our eyes and ears opened to ensure that
justice is done.
May Allah, the Omniscient and Omnipotent restore peace and security in
Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu