Notable Islamic group in Nigeria, Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, yesterday denied speculations and report in the social media that it received jniN12billion largess from President Goodluck Jonathan during his re-election campaigns.
The group said that nobody and or any political party contacted it for the disbursement of the purported money.
In a statement issued yesterday by its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar, JNI said it never had any political romance with the government before and/or during the elections.
Abubakar said that JNI’s response was prompted because of a purported news item/article written by one Obinna Akukwe, which went virile on the social media and other electronic media platforms alleging that JNI received N12billion largesse from President Jonathan.
He lamented that the article was scanty in the paragraph JNI featured, as it failed to provide details on the issue whereas to some extent it was elaborate with other organisations that were allegedly reached by the President.
JNI said it was worried over the scandalous allegation and was considering the concerns raised by well-meaning individuals because of the weighty nature of the allegation.
The group said: “We wish to place on record and for posterity that such never occurred. We don’t really understand the ill-motives of those behind the release. Or is it because some other faith are said to have collected the presidential largesse? Hence, Muslims must be asserted to have collected same? Why do they want to discredit and smear the JNI at all cost? Why is the allegation coming now, despite knowing fully that the JNI never had any political romance with the government before and/or during the elections? What really is the mischievous intent of writing and releasing the article? It is our firm belief that the purported write up was orchestrated to smear the name of Islam and Muslims who suffered undue discrimination and deliberate marginalisation under the outgoing government, and to cause bad feelings among the Ummah.”
Abubakar said that JNI was proud to declare that President Jonathan requested for an audience with its leadership and it was turned down, because it was ill-timed.
According to him, JNI had serious reservations about the motives behind the meeting and its implications and challenged the writer of the article to name the particular person who was contracted to collect and share the said money in the name of JNI.
He said that “whoever has any relevant information as to who, where, when and how the said money was collected, should please come out with evidence,” adding that, “be that as it may, we expected that common sense was enough to refute such spurious and mischievous allegation, for, as it were, N12 billion is indeed a huge amount that cannot be transferred unnoticeable.”
JNI said that it would be pertinent to ask into which bank or account the amount was “deposited without being known? Into whose office could such amount be kept for goodness sake? How many trucks do you need to carry such amount? For the avoidance of doubt, I swear by Allah (SWT), to every discerning mind that as the Secretary-General, JNI, nothing of such happened and no body or any party contacted us for the disbursement of any type of largesse.
“It is lamentable that Muslims would be so much carried away with the said article, to the extent of making unpleasant comments on the matter. The Glorious Qur’an says ‘O you who believe! If a Fasiq (liar-evil person) comes to you with a news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance, and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done.” Al-Hujurat: 6. The Messenger of Allaah, peace be upon him said: “I warned you against suspicion, for suspicion is a false declaration.”
The group appealed to Muslims and other Nigerians to disregard the report as it is false and baseless.
JNI threatened to take legal action to protect its image, integrity respect and honour.

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