Ter­ror­ists use Ara­bic to black­mail Is­lam – Coomassie

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Abubakar Haruna

A former In­spec­tor-Gen­eral of Po­lice, Al­haji Ibrahim Coomassie, said ter­ror­ists speak Ara­bic lan­guage to trick peo­ple into believ­ing that they are strug­gling to pro­mote Is­lam.

Coomassie made the as­ser­tion in his re­marks at the 11th na­tional con­fer­ence of the Aca­demic So­ci­ety for Ara­bic Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture in Nige­ria (ASALLIN), held at the Univer­sity of Abuja on Tues­day.

He said that by speak­ing Ara­bic, the ter­ror­ists de­ceived non-Ara­bic speak­ers into believ­ing that they were strug­gling to prop­a­gate Is­lam and that ter­ror at­tacks were syn­ony­mous to Is­lam.

He said the ter­ror­ists use of Ara­bic as their lan­guage of com­mu­ni­ca­tion when they posted au­dio or video ma­te­ri­als on the in­ter­net should not be seen as Is­lamic.

“Ter­ror­ists speak Ara­bic lan­guage which is the rich­est lan­guage in the world and through which the Holy Qur’an was re­vealed. Some thought that ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties prompted non­speak­ers of the lan­guage to be­lieve, though wrongly, that Ara­bic is syn­ony­mous with ter­ror­ism.

“This is be­cause th­ese ter­ror­ists use it as their medium of com­mu­ni­ca­tion when they post any au­dio or video ma­te­ri­als on the in­ter­net on their ne­far­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties,” he stated.

Also speak­ing, the Pres­i­dent of ASALLIN, Dr. M. U. Ndagi, de­scribed the as­so­ci­a­tion as a pro­fes­sional aca­demic so­ci­ety that brings to­gether lec­tur­ers of Ara­bic lan­guage, lit­er­a­ture and lin­guis­tics from ter­tiary in­sti­tu­tions in the coun­try.

Dr. Ndagi who is a se­nior lec­turer with the Depart­ment of Lin­guis­tics and African Lan­guages of the Univer­sity of Abuja, stated that the as­so­ci­a­tion en­cour­ages re­search in the field of Ara­bic Lan­guage, Lit­er­a­ture and Lin­guis­tics.

He said the aims of the as­so­ci­a­tion are to pro­mote the study of Ara­bic at all lev­els of the coun­try’s ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem and make ef­forts in find­ing so­lu­tions to chal­lenges mil­i­tat­ing against Ara­bic Lan­guage in the coun­try among oth­ers.

He called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to in­clude Ara­bic in the cur­ricu­lum of the Po­lice Academy, Wudil in Kano State. The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives has called on the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to im­me­di­ately re­view the down­grad­ing of four fed­eral uni­ver­si­ties to col­leges of ed­u­ca­tion.

The House man­dated its com­mit­tee on ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion and ser­vices to in­ter­face with the Fed­eral Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion on the mat­ter and re­port back to the House within two weeks.

Adopt­ing a mo­tion by Rep Ezenwa Fran­cis Onyewuchi and four oth­ers, the House noted that the ad­min­is­tra­tion of former pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan had up­graded the Al­van Ikoku Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, Ow­erri, Adeyemi Col­lege of Ed­u­ca­tion, Ondo and Col­leges of Ed­u­ca­tion in Kano and Zaria, to uni­ver­si­ties.

It was noted that the up­grade was “mainly be­cause they had been con­duct­ing de­gree pro­grammes and award­ing de­grees in af­fil­i­a­tion with var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties.”

The House how­ever re­gret­ted that there was a re­cent gov­ern­ment direc­tive re­vers­ing the up­grade of the four in­sti­tu­tions, “which will worsen the al­ready poor stan­dard of ed­u­ca­tion which re­quires com­plete over­haul­ing and could serve as a fur­ther impediment to the pro­vi­sion of qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in the coun­try.”

In an­other mo­tion, the House man­dated its com­mit­tee on ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion and ser­vices to in­ves­ti­gate the re­ported cases of lop­sided ad­mis­sion into unity schools and re­port back in four weeks.

The sec­ond res­o­lu­tion fol­lowed adop­tion of a mo­tion by Rep Garba Chede Ham­man Julde (APC, Taraba), who said the re­cent ad­mis­sion into the ju­nior cadre of the Queen’s Col­lege, Lagos for the 2015/2016 aca­demic ses­sion “was skewed very much against stu­dents from the north­ern states.”

The two mo­tions unan­i­mously adopted.


Photo: Abubakar Haruna

Par­tic­i­pants at 11th na­tional con­fer­ence of the Aca­demic So­ci­ety For Ara­bic Lan­guage and Lit­er­a­ture in Nige­ria (ASALLIN) in Abuja Tues­day.

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