GAZA: Sultan of Sokoto Condemns US Support for Israeli Assault on Gaza.
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and its President General, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, have strongly denounced the United States’ backing of Israel in its ongoing military campaign against Gaza.
This condemnation comes in the wake of a deadly escalation of violence in the region, with the NSCIA calling for an immediate end to the aggression and highlighting the importance of justice in achieving lasting peace.
The conflict in Gaza has been marked by a tragic cycle of violence and retaliation. According to reports, the Israeli military has been bombarding Gaza in response to an attack initiated by Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist militant group. This attack led to the tragic loss of over a thousand innocent lives in Israel, a grim toll that has drawn international attention and condemnation.
In a statement released on Monday, the NSCIA, co-signed by Prof. Salisu Shehu and Yunus Ustaz Usman (SAN), its Deputy Secretary General and National Legal Adviser, expressed profound grief and concern over the relentless strikes on Gaza. The council called the violence against civilians “unacceptable” and appealed for an immediate cessation of hostilities. They emphasized the importance of upholding universal principles in the pursuit of a durable peace.
The NSCIA stressed that while peace is a laudable goal, it must be rooted in justice to be truly sustainable. The statement highlighted the dangers of pursuing peace without addressing the underlying causes of conflict, cautioning that it may only lead to more violence in the future.
One of the central elements of the NSCIA’s statement was its dismay at the United States for its overt support of Israel in the midst of this crisis. Despite longstanding allegations of Palestinian oppression and loss of life over nearly eight decades, the US has continued to support Israel.
In response to this situation, the NSCIA called upon the Federal Government of Nigeria to take a principled stand, drawing a parallel to the nation’s stance during the apartheid era in South Africa. The council implored the Nigerian government to firmly stand with the Palestinian victims who are enduring what they described as “Israeli tyranny, carnage, and repression,” all in the name of humanity and justice.
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