The appeal is contained in a communiqué signed by its scribe Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu.
JNI advocated compulsory religious education, especially at the primary and secondary school levels, as a way of promoting sound knowledge and moral and character training among the youth. It similarly objected to the mixed-gender housing in the National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) scheme orientation camp, as well as some of the physical training in the programme that goes contrary to Islam.
It also condemned the government’s insensitivity to security issues in the country, and failure to prosecute people responsible for violence and killing Muslims. As a result of the government’s attitude, JNI said, violent aggression against Muslims and displacement of their communities has continued in Borno, Taraba and Plateau states.
JNI also objected to the government and the media which label Muslims as terrorists or ascribe terrorism to Islam saying that when similar acts are committed by people of other faiths, the same label is not ascribed to their religions.
On the major challenge of Islam in Nigeria, JNI said, “Our bane is that the rapacious and pseudo scholars have usually been the ones that mostly surround leaders. That the endemic corruption and the impunity that have unfortunately become the hallmark of leadership and governance in the country, as well as social injustice and flagrant disregard for the rule of law are the principal threats to security, peace and the principal factors behind intermittent and internecine violence.”