NSCIA sympathises with victims of Immigration recruitment stampede

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The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has sympathised with the families and victims of the March 15 stampede at the Nigeria Immigration Service recruitment venues.

This is contained in a statement issued on Tuesday, signed by the council’s Chairman of Media Committee, Mr Femi Abass, and made available to newsmen in Ibadan.

It said that the group prayed for the repose of the souls of the victims in eternal bliss, adding that, “from Allah we have come and to Him we shall all return.

“It is our hope that similar occurrences of such tragedies will be avoided in future even as the government is expected to live up to its responsibility.

“We urge the government to create jobs for the people for the purpose of peace and tranquility in the land.’’

It said that it was unbelievable and amazing that the same youths, compelled to serve their fatherland through the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), could fall victims of that premature death.

“Employment ought to be a right rather than a privilege in the country,’’ the NSCIA said.

It urged the government to investigate the immediate and remote causes of the tragedy.