The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria has urged other world leaders to reject the United States’ President Donald Trump declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In a statement by Lagos State Area Unit of the MSSN, the students asked world leaders to consider Trump’s statement as “a faulty personal opinion”.
The statement, which was signed by Amir (president) of the MSSN in Lagos State, Dr. Saheed Ashafa, described Trump’s statement as “ludicrous”.
The Muslim students’ leader said the statement by Trump further showed that US government is not only biased but also anti-Islam.
It will be recalled that Jordan, Lebanon,Syria, UK and a host of other nations strongly condemned the declaration as the decision will aggravate continuous war and jeopardise the fragile peace process in the region.
He said, “We join other world leaders in the condemnation of US President Donald Trump for declaring Jerusalem the new Capital of Israel. It is a faulty personal opinion and we reject it. It should be ignored.
“This is an obnoxious decision by the US President. It is not only an injustice to the Palestinians but also a slap on the face of all Muslims in the world.”
Ashafa, who will be hosting thousands of Muslim students in Epe, Lagos at the MSSNLagos 104th edition of annual Islamic Vacation Course (IVC) starting December 23, urged the UN to address the development as a matter of urgency.
Apart from challenging the UN, Ashafa also expressed worry over the silence of Nigeria’s President Muhammad Buhari.
He said, “Our President needs to join in this condemnation of injustice like his other contemporary world leaders. This is an injustice of the highest order. Jerusalem is the hub of Aqsa Mosque which is one of the Muslims’ three holiest mosques in Islam.
“United Nations Assembly must address the declaration as a matter of urgency, enough of maltreatment, denigration and all forms of injustice to the Palestinians who are the rightful owners of the land. The issue is not about religion only, but humanity and peaceful coexistence.”
SAHEED ASHAFA (PhD)
Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria,
Lagos State Area Unit.