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War on Gaza: Muslim Scholars Union seeks Tinubu’s intervention

As the war on Gaza rages, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been urged to spearhead regional efforts and apply diplomatic pressures for dialogue and the…

As the war on Gaza rages, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been urged to spearhead regional efforts and apply diplomatic pressures for dialogue and the return of annexed lands to Palestine.

The Executive Director of the World Muslim Congress and member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (A Qatari-based organisation), Malam Abdulrazzaq Ibrahim Salman, made the call in a statement.

He said his plea stems not only from his convictions but from a collective yearning for a world where the principles of humanity triumph over discord.

“The historical narrative reveals a painful chapter- the annexation of Palestinian lands by the Zionist-led Israeli government, invoking ancient promises as justification.

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“This transgression surpasses religious boundaries, impacting Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike in Palestine, eroding the fundamental principles of coexistence and respect.

“Our call for justice draws inspiration from the timeless wisdom of the Holy Quran, emphasizing principles of justice, compassion, and the unity of believers,” he said.

He further explained that “Islam, as we understand it, is a beacon of choice and respect, affirming that the dignity and rights of every individual are intrinsic to our shared humanity.”

He lamented that the toll on human lives in Palestine is staggering.

“Innocent lives, including children, women, and the elderly, bear the weight of a conflict that demands immediate global attention.

“Humanitarian corridors stand blocked, hospitals lie in ruins, and essential infrastructure crumble, creating an untenable reality for the people of Palestine.

“Our plea extends beyond religious confines, recognizing shared principles of peace, justice, and compassion in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.

“This is a call for unity among people of faith, urging them to converge on a resolution that respects the dignity and rights of every individual, irrespective of religious background.

“We implore the Nigerian government and ECOWAS nations to stand against the oppressive Zionist regime,’’ he added.

He also appealed to the international community to reassess its stance on the conflict. The United Nations and influential nations must take decisive action, not only in condemning the atrocities but also in actively working towards a sustainable resolution.

“Global leaders should leverage diplomatic channels to bring all parties to the negotiating table.

“It is essential to emphasize that our plea is not for the dissolution of the State of Israel but for the recognition of Palestine as an independent nation with Jerusalem as its capital.

“We echo the sentiments of those who resist the oppressive regime, understanding their desperation after years of persecution,” he said.