No less than 10,000 human rights activists and lovers of the global Palestinian struggle for liberation are expected to throng the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria for the 2016 edition of the annual Aqsa Day.
The event, organised by the Muslim Awareness International (MAI), holds on a public holiday, Monday December 12, coinciding with the birthday of the holy Prophet Muhammad (Mawlid Nabiy).
MAI is a non-governmental organisation which focuses on events that affect humanity globally.
Apart from those who will follow the event live via traditional and social media, the enlightenment and solidarity gathering will attract participants from several states of the federation and neighbouring countries.
In a statement, MAI Director, Engineer Luqman Balogun maintained that the entire project of the State of Israel has been surrounded with lies and deception.
“The state of Israel was created on the basis of lies and deceit and has continued to struggle to sustain a half-century occupation over the land of the Palestinians in the face of universal opposition and condemnation.”
Balogun accused Israel and her allies of employing varying ‘ludicrous narratives and deplorable actions’ to defend their illegal activities in the occupied settlements.
“Some of these false historical narratives among others will be laid bare at this year’s Aqsa Day. That is why we have carefully chosen the theme: The Burden of Lies. I invite all lovers of freedom to be part of this gathering on Monday December 12 at the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos. The time is 10.00am prompt.”
Guest speakers for the event will include Alhaji AbdurRazaq AbdusSalam, a Deputy Director at Voice of Nigeria and Dr Odukoya Adelaja Odutola, a Senior Lecturer from the Department of Political Science, Lagos State University (LASU). Odutola is also the ASUU Chairman of UNILAG.
While AbdusSalam will tackle the topic: “Burden of Lies”, Odutola will be discussing “Advocacy for Peace in Palestine and the Challenge”.
The programme will also feature exhibitions as well as drama and ballad presentations which will centre on the unity of the Muslims as the panacea to Palestinian problems.
Notable Islamic scholars expected to grace the occasion include Sheikh DhikruLlahu Shafii, Sheikh AbdulFatah Thani, Sheikh Sulaiman Adangba, Alhaji Dhikrullahi Salaudeen, Sheikh Moshood Jubril Ramadan and Lagos State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr AbdulHakeem AbdulLateef, among many others.