The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), led by President-General Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, Sultan of Sokoto, has expressed deep concern over the United States’ support for Israel in the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.
The NSCIA, through a joint statement by Prof. Salisu Shehu and Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN), the Deputy Secretary General and National Legal Adviser, conveyed its condemnation on Monday.
The NSCIA also voiced its sorrow regarding the devastating war in Gaza and called upon the Nigerian government to extend assistance to Palestine, reminiscent of its support during the fight against apartheid in South Africa, invoking appeals to both humanitarianism and justice.
In a powerful plea, the NSCIA urged the Nigerian government to take a clear and resolute stance in favor of the oppressed victims of Israeli persecution, oppression, and suppression, emphasizing the need for immediate cessation of hostilities in Gaza.
The council decried the brutality of the attacks, describing them as heart-rending and deeply regrettable, particularly when directed against civilians. It stressed that there should be no double standards when it comes to establishing lasting peace, emphasizing the necessity of aligning peace with justice, indicating the nuanced complexities of conflict resolution.
This condemnation by the NSCIA reflects the growing international concern over the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict and the support provided by world powers, placing Nigeria in a critical position to reassert its commitment to justice and peace in the region.