Islamophobia: Attack on Muslims in Violent Protests

Wednesday, 21 October 2020 | Rabi Al-Awwal 4, 1442 AH
Reports reaching us indicate that a mosque and a Jaiz Bank branch were attacked in the recent Jos, Pleateu State and Abuja violent protests.
It is quite unfortunate that some people are exploiting the volatile climate of protests and anger against police brutality to target and attack Muslims and symbols associated with Islam in acts that may be linked to Islamophobia.
We call on the authorities and security personnel to safeguard the lives and properties of the Muslim citizens facing threat of targeted attacks and in the cases where they have already occurred to treat such attacks as hate crimes. We also urge the Muslim communities to remain vigilant, take extra caution in areas with history of Islamophobic rhetoric and attacks, and to document and promptly report such attacks to law enforcement/security agencies. Additionally, we urge them to avoid reprisal attacks or prioritizing self-help measures that may deepen the ongoing crisis.
MPAC, Nigeria.


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