Nigerians have been told that inspite of economic hard times being faced by majority of Nigerians old and young, there are still well-brought-up, honest and responsible citizens who are promoting good image of the Country now and would continue to do so forever.
The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria made this assertion today a News Release to salute a 22-year-old Auwal Salisu – a Tricycle Operator in Kano who returned over the weekend to the owner a sum of N15 Million Naira forgotten by a commuter in his tricycle.
The Event which occurred last Thursday evening in the Kano State Capital, elicited commendation for the young Auwalu from far and near; who inspite of the fact that he is from a poor home, he was desperate in returning that large sum of money to the owner by going to Arewa Radio House Kano the following day to hand the money over to him in the presence of all and sundry.
The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWG) – a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) dedicated to promotion of high moral and religious values and virtues in the Society therefore called for special awards from Federal and State Government of Kano for Auwalu Salisu who has demonstrated high sense of moral values and character by his virtuous deed and called on Nigerian Youth to emulate young and amazing Auwalu in good deeds.
MMWG warned Nigerian youths who are eager to get rich quick by amassing illegal wealth to desist pointing out that it is unislamic and unlawful as resultant effects yahoo yahoo and unlawful wealth acquisition is disastrous!
Surprisingly, reports from Kano as at today stated that by virtue of Auwalu Salisu’s incredible sincerity and honesty, some wealthy individuals have promised him and his family gifts the followings:
(i) A scholarship for him to proceed for his Master’s Degree programme anywhere he is admitted.
(ii) A well-constructed and furnished Building for him and his family
(iii) Foodstuff for him and his family for the next one-year and
(iv) A sum of money that could purchase a brand-new tricycle for his transportation business.
The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria while commending these kibd gestures for Auwalu therefore called on the Nigerian Press especially the electronic and print-media over their interest in bad news coverage; adding that this Event that occurred in Kano since Friday last week ought to have been given much more publicity – wondering why bad news always gain prominence fast than good news in the Nigerian Media!
The Group said the happening is a pride to Islam and the Muslims and that it gives ‘a ray of hope’ to Nigerians – that the future is bright for committed and dedicated youths in Nigeria. It however called on the Nigerian Press to stop its islamophobia as it unethical, unprofessional and ridiculous.
MMWG said it looked forward to Nigerian Media to commend and encourage fine and commendable behaviours by writing beautiful editorials on Auwalu Salisu’s amazing and incredible good character as one of the best ways to encourage our youths.
In the same News Release signed its National Coordinator Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria condemned any attempt by Federal Government to target lottery, pool-betting and other games of chances to promote the Nigerian Economy; warning that such is a wrong step capable of worsening the present economic situation and destroying the citizenry…. God forbid.
Reacting to the News report in some Media including Sunday Vanguard of 17th September, 2023 page 15, where the Minister for Special Duties & Intergovernmental Affairs Mr. Zephaniah Jisalo reportedly claimed that revenue generated from lottery trust fund would be used to generate 10 million jobs, the Group advised that such fallacious and hyperbolical statements should not be used to destroy the Tinubu Administration that is genuinely pursuing better and lawful economic prosperity for Nigeria.
It said such assertion was being made to confuse the general public so as to mislead the people to embrace lottery; warning that all games of chances are unlawful and punishable by Almighty Allah; pointing out that without lottery and pools-betting, Nigerian roads are being fixed with Sukkuk Fund and Islamic Development Banks loans that are giving without interest.
MMWG said through Sukkuk and IDB as well as other intervention funds, are the bar of the Nation’s economy and infrastructures are being raised without pool-betting revenue.
MMWG therefore maintained that Muslims and true Christians in Nigeria and abroad would continue to support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu morally and religiously, but warned on the need for him to reject unlawful ideas capable of destroying the businesses of individuals and Groups, as in pools-betting and other games of chances some people would loose their hard-earned resources while few people would gain which does not augur well for the Society, the Group maintained.
On destruction of illegal refineries across the oil producing areas, the Group commended the Military and other Security Agencies on their laudable efforts, urging them to intensify their commendable efforts to end the menace of oil theft; pointing out that oil bunkering, pipeline vandalization and illegal refineries are serious economic, security and environment problems that must be tackled headlong once and for all.
The Group concluded by calling on the Federal Government to prevent at all cost the impending nation-wide strike schedule to begin again this week, pointing-out to the Labour also to be patriotic in their demands during deliberations, while the Federal and State Governments must also yield to what would relieve the masses of the burden of economic hardship including sacrifice that should come patently from the ruling class as well, the statement concluded.