|halal slaughter for islamic rituals|
From ZION ZADOK, Abuja
Monday, November 07, 2011
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President of the Foundation, Tamar Copuroglu said in Abuja that the gesture was a yearly ritual performed by the NTIS with contributions from Turkish businessmen as well as Turkish college parents to give out meat to the handicaps, orphans and the indigent people within Nigeria. Copuroglu who said that the 1000 cows were slaughtered in the 17 Turkish Colleges in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, Ogun, Yobe States and the FCT for distribution in villages and satellite towns within the states also advised able Muslims and those who were affluent to take up the challenge and reach out to the underprivileged as an act of worship to Allah or as a duty to the society.
Disclosing that last year 800 cows were slaughtered, Copuroglu said NTIS in a bid to strengthen the activities of charity and peaceful coexistence within Nigeria and other countries, established the UFUK Dialogue Foundation, with a view to fostering interfaith and intercultural dialogue as well as stimulating thinking and exchange of ideas on supporting and fostering democracy, thereby providing a common platform for education and information exchange between individuals worldwide.
Also at the event, the Turkish Ambassador Ali Rifat Koksal advised Nigeria to give precedence to human capital development in the country through education as a means to achieving the vision 20:2020, even as he said he was optimistic that the Nation was moving towards the path of development.
“This Nation must invest on human beings better because increasing the living standards of the nation depends on education. That is why we have the Nigerian Turkish schools here, to increase the living standards of the people; an educated Nigeria in future will be very strong. That’s why we have 16 schools in six different states. JAMB success rate is more than 96percent made by students who are the future of Nigeria,” he said.