The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, has described the heavy flooding that killed thousands of people in Libya as a monumental tragedy.
The apex Muslim body in Nigeria in a statement released on Wednesday by Prof. Salisu Shehu, the Deputy Secretary-General, sympathises with His Excellency, Mohammed al-Menfi, the government and the people of the State of Libya over the unfortunate disaster.
The NSCIA, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, assured that, as brothers in Faith, the entire Nigerian Muslim Ummah stands in solidarity and griefs with the north African country at this trying time.
The Council appeals to the Ummah in Nigeria and around the world, as well as all international aid agencies, supranational bodies, and well-meaning individuals, to assist Libya during this challenging time.
The full statement
The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has received the devastating news of the catastrophic flooding in Libya’s northeast region consequent to the collapse of two dams while the Ummah is yet to recover from the shock of the earthquake in Morocco. This unprecedented situation has, like in Morocco, claimed over 2000 lives and over 10,000 people are reportedly missing.
The Council sympathises with His Excellency, Mohammed al-Menfi, the government and the people of the State of Libya over the unfortunate disaster. Rest assured that, as brothers in Faith, the entire Nigerian Muslim Ummah stands in solidarity and griefs with you at this trying period of your national life.
The Council prays that Almighty Allah would quicken the return of the missing persons, grant speedy recovery to the injured, accept the dead as martyrs (SHUADA’U) having drowned and grant the bereaved the fortitude with which to bear the irreplaceable losses. May He also grant the country the wherewithal to recover from the unprecedented natural disaster.
The Council beseeches the Ummah in Nigeria and all over the World, all global humanitarian agencies, supranational governments, organisations and well-meaning individuals to aid Libya during this trying period.
Prof. Salisu Shehu