Imam Abdul-Azeez Onike, Head of Missions, Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih Society (NASFAT), observed that the demand for traditional religious practitioners cannot work.
He said the idea is an invitation to chaos because it would undermine people’s right to freedom of movement.
Imam Onike spoke in response to calls in some neighborhoods, especially in southwestern Nigeria, where there is a large percentage of traditional religious followers, to hold national holidays like those of the two main religions. – Islam and Christianity.
In a statement made available to the Daily Trust, Onike explained that while Islam as a religion believes in freedom of worship, it should not come at the expense of other religions.
He said the agitation of traditional religion worshipers would undermine the right of people to move around, as the idol worshipers’ trade stock involves restriction of movement.
In addition, he observed that there is no known leadership structure managed by traditional devotees in the country as there is in Islam and Christianity led respectively by the Sultan of Sokoto and the President of the Associations. Christians of Nigeria (CAN).
He said, “As stated above, Islam recognizes freedom of religion but not at the expense of other religious practitioners, and without restricting or restricting the movement of people in the name of religious practice, which is the” stock in the trade “of traditional religion. faithful, on behalf of ORO TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL and others.
âApart from the fact that human rights will be seriously violated if the request is granted in the following cases: No movement when certain traditional rites must be performed, women must be inside and not go out to seek their bread daily because an arm (Ogun, Sango, Osun, etc.) of the faithful of the traditional religion celebrate, etc.
“So it would be difficult for the government to maintain public order, since it will not be clear which group is doing what and on what day?” The lack of cohesion among the various traditional religious groups will make it difficult for the government to know which of them to deal with.
“No wonder the government body set up to ensure peaceful coexistence and interfaith relations called NIREC (Interfaith Council of Nigeria) is chaired only by Muslim and Christian leaders, in the person of His Eminence, the Sultan of Sokoto in his capacity. as Chairman of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs and Chairman of Christian Associations in Nigeria.
According to the NASFAT chief of missions, Islam and Christianity are ancient religions “with well-defined doctrines, organization, structures and values, with a penchant for decency and respect for human dignity”.
He added: âWhile the traditional religions are in fragments and in different organizations and cult formations, with local colorings. They could walk half-naked and place sacrifices that displease human decency along streets and on roads or crossroads.
“Giving vacations to a group that has not yet rationalized their activities in terms of what, when, how and where to worship, and also having a strong tradition of ‘restriction of movement” will not help socio-economic development. of our nation and disrupt the peaceful coexistence of different faiths in Nigeria.