The Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria (FOMWAN) has sent its congratulatory message to all Muslims across globe on the successful completion of the Holy month of Ramadan.
The Association urged them to pray that Allah guide the newly sworn in Government at the National and State levels of the country while also calling on its entire members and Muslims in Nigeria to seize the opportunity of the just concluded holy month of Ramadan to pray intensely for the release of Leah Sharibu and all other captives who are yet to regain their freedom from insurgents.
According to the umbrella Muslim Women’s Association, all human lives are sacred, irrespective of race, religion, gender and social status stressing that human beings are therefore bound by a common humanity.
In a press release jointly signed by its National President, Hajiya Halima Jibril and the National PRO, Dr. Sumaye Hamza, FOMWAN asserts that Leah and all other captives have a right to freedom which is being infringed upon by their captives.
According to the press release: “Allah has accorded these freedoms to every individual, including the right to worship which the Quran clearly and strongly affirms in Chapter two, verse 256 where Allah says: ‘there is no compulsion in religion.’ Quran chapter 10, verse 99 further stresses: Had your Lord willed, everyone on earth would have believed. Will you compel people to become believers? These are clear proofs that Islam abhors conversion by force or by deception. Allah has no need of worship without conviction and genuine faith.”
FOMWAN, therefore, prays that Allah will positively touch the hearts of the captors to release Leah Sharibu and all those that have been in captivity for years..
The release further said that: “As mothers, we share in the agony and grief of parents of Leah and other affected families who for years have missed their children/relatives in this way. We pray to Allah to facilitate their release very soon.”
FOMWAN therefore charged all Nigerians to put Nigeria first in their dealings believing a true spirit of patriotism is required to move the nation forward calling on the Federal and State Governments to focus more on quality education, job creation for the youth and reducing poverty among women for inclusive governance.
It also commends the Federal Government on its recent policy which seeks to review licenses on private ownership of guns adding that this will no doubt reduce the proliferation of small arms which continues to fuel criminality and violence in Nigeria.