The Nigerian chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organisation (Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya) has reached out to 17,180 Nigerians nationwide, especially in secondary schools and motor parks on the need to live crime-free lives, and to campaign against all forms of criminality in the society.
A statement signed by the National Coordinator of the “Stop the Crime” Project, Mr. Ishaq Popoola, and made available to TheNewsJournal, noted the Majlis Khuddam’s concern at the high level of crimes in the society and the need for the group, being an umbrella body of youths in the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama’at to act in order to nip the crisis in the bud.
The statement further quoted the National President of the Khuddam, Engr. Saheed Aina as saying: “A lot of efforts are being put in place by the government and other institutions in fighting against the menace of crimes. Unfortunately, as they make these efforts, the available statistics on these crimes keep growing. As a result, the Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Nigeria has acknowledged the need to accelerate efforts to build the moral and spiritual capacity of members of the society, especially the youths, in order for them to become immune from attraction to crimes.”
Continuing, he said: “MKAN recognizes the need for concerted efforts from both the government and non-state actors in the fight against crimes among the youths. This, among other things, is expected to prepare the youths for a future free of crime.”
In his remarks, the National Project Manager of the Stop The Crime (STC) project, Mr. Ishaq Popoola, while noting that the STC project started in 2015 noted that the annual event was conducted in ten states – Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Kaduna, Kano, Kwara, Ogun, Osun, Lagos and Oyo – and the Federal Capital Territory in the first quarter of 2018.
He noted that 344 volunteers visited 40 schools, spent 55 hours and reached out to 17,180 beneficiaries.
“In the cause of this project, we were able to identify that there is a nexus between crime, poverty, unemployment and corruption. Thus, we implore the government at all levels to work more on the provision of jobs for the youth, continue the fight against corruption and alleviate the masses from the shackles of poverty,” he said.
The Stop The Crime project is one of the projects championed by the Majlis Khuddam in Nigeria. Other projects of the organisation include free medical expeditions, regular blood donations, tree planting, organisation of capacity building trainings, promotion of talents among youth, promotion of inter-religious peaceful coexistence, and carrying out community-based development projects among others.