By Qasim Akinreti, Glasgow, Scotland
The world head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, Hazrat Masroor Ahmad, has prayed for peace and tranquility to reign in Nigeria as the nation faces growing terrorist attacks from insurgents in the northeast.
While meeting the Nigerian delegation to the just concluded 48th Annual Conference of he Ahmadiyya Muslim Association, United Kingdom (UK), the Ahmadiyya world leader expressed deep concern about the wanton killings and destruction of lives and properties by the insurgent under he guise of Islam.
These attacks, according to him, is capable of disenfranchising the people of the northeast in the coming 2015 general elections and divert the attention of government sustenable development across Nigeria, a nation described as one of the greatest and potentially viable countries of the world in terms of human and material resources.
“This group of insurgents are miscreants capable of destroying the peace loving and hardworking people of the northeast noted for Islamic prowess and agricultural development. Over the years the people of the region noted for mixed cultures, religion and tradition had struggled with peace and developments due killings and destruction of lives,” Hazrat Ahmad said.
The head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community commended government relentless efforts to fight the insurgents and maintain peace in the region. He admonished members of the Islamic community to demonstrate their love and support to the government and people of nigeria.
He appealed to Nigerian politicians to have the fear of God and served the people who voted for them during elections. To him, “politicians must justify the confidence repose in them during the voting exercise”.
Hazrat Masroor Ahmad commended the Nigerian media which were accredited to cover the conference notably: Voice of Nigeria, the National Mirror newspaper and Murhi International Television (MITV) for high level of professional conduct displayed before, during and after the event. He noted the support of other media outlets who equally reported the activities of the Islamic conference as being sent to Nigeria .
Hazrat Ahmad said being in his review of the conference that the Nigerian media gave a good account of themselves, going by the feedback from Nigerians and the global community who watched the live transmission from the Muslim television, Ahmadiyya satellite station, MTA, live streaming on www. mta.tv and YouTube .
“The live feed to MITV signal for local rebroadcast, news from Lagos Television service, Voice of Nigeria, interactive reports and the newspaper write ups were really appreciated and commendable.for the first time, the true message of Islam from the world head of the Ahmadiyya community were given to the people at the nick of time”
Before the UK gathering, a memorandum of understanding was signed with he Ghana broadcasting service to relay live feeds to Ghana and some west African countries . Once the Nigerian office was contacted, it swung into action to have its live feeds direct from London through local television stations. MITV,Ltv8 and TVC were contacted for the telecast. The bid of MITV was successful.
Three senior Nigerian journalists: Qasim Akinreti, Head, Reportorial Corps, Voice of Nigeria; Sekinat Lawal, Deputy Editor, National Mirror; and Tunde Okunola, Geneal Manager, MITV; were sponsored to the event by the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Nigeria. They were joined by other journalists from Ghana, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, the UK, USA and Canada among others. A UK media desk and International desk were created at the conference.