Monday, March 20, 2023



21st March, 2023




The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to allow law enforcement agents to complete their investigations into election incidents in Lagos State and other parts of the country.       



The Islamic human rights group gave the advice in a statement issued on Tuesday 21st March, 2023 by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.



It will be recalled that the NHRC on Sunday said it would invite the Chairman of the Lagos State Parks Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo over the alleged threat he issued against the Igbo.


MURIC’s full statement reads :


“The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said on Sunday that it would invite the Chairman of the Lagos State Parks Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly known as MC Oluomo over the alleged threat he issued against the Igbo (



“NHRC should not dissipate its energy on this matter at all. In the first place, it will amount to duplication of efforts because the Nigeria Police is already investigating it ( NHRC will end up wasting resources if it opens another investigation into the same matter. Nigerian agencies should learn how to synergise on matters like this. They are confusing the populace. NHRC should spare us the headache.



“Secondly, the police appears more suitable for this kind of investigation. Afterall it is a threat to use force. Oluomo himself has denied it. He said it was not targeted at the Igbo in Lagos but an ordinary joke cracked with Mama Chukwudi, his friendly Igbo neighbour. Therefore it is only a law enforcement agency that has the training as well as the human and material capacity to handle such a matter.



“Thirdly, it is an ill-conceived idea that it is a human rights issue. It is certainly not. Lagos indigenes and the rest of the Yoruba people view it as an existential threat. They see it as a struggle for survival. In our opinion, any human rights consideration which fails to recognise the rights of the aborigines of a particular place is a total failure, a sham and a mirage.



“In the fourth place, NHRC should not allow itself to be seen as collaborating with those who are perceived by Lagos indigenes in particular and the Yoruba in general as people on a mission to invade and conquer Lagos. It is a very sensitive issue about which the indigenes feel very strongly and very bitter.



“The fifth reason for which NHRC needs to soft-pedal on this is that the issue calls more for diplomacy than it does for enforcement of rights. If NHRC insists on inviting Oluomo, it must invite those who said Lagos is no man’s land. Not only that, NHRC must invite those who claim in tweets and other social media sources that their target is to invade and conquer Lagos and the rest of Yorubaland before and during the 2023 general elections. Oluomo is just a party, NHRC cannot afford to be selective.



“The sixth reason lies in the fact that NHRC appears to be in a hurry on the Lagos issue. Such speed and manifestation of anxiety is capable of being interpreted as vested interest in the matter because it affects the Igbo.



“To cap the edifice, if the truth must be told, Chief Anthony Okechuckwu Ojukwu as the Executive Secretary of the Commission is not in the best position to mediate in a matter of serious ethnic concern between the Igbo, the Yoruba in general and Lagos indigenes in particular. Silence from NHRC would not only have been golden in such an issue but also the only wise thing to do. We therefore advise NHRC to allow the police to do its job.”





Professor Ishaq Akintola,

Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


Monday, March 13, 2023



13th March, 2023




The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has expressed satisfaction and appreciation to Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State for removing his name from the signboard of Adogba Central Mosque, Iwo Road, Ibadan.



The governor allegedly gave orders for the removal yesterday, Sunday 12th March, 2023 after an Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) criticized the governor for naming the mosque after himself. MURIC’s criticism came on Saturday, 11th March, 2023. The group asked the governor to remove his name from the signboard.



MURIC’s statement showing appreciation to Governor Makinde was issued on Monday, 13th March, 2023 by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.


He said :


“Reports reaching MURIC’s Lagos headquarters say Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has removed his name from the signboard of Adogba Central Mosque, Iwo Road, Ibadan. The governor gave orders for the removal yesterday, Sunday 12th March, 2023 after MURIC criticized the governor for inscribing his name on the rebuilt mosque (



“It will be recalled that Adogba Central Mosque was demolished by the Makinde administration in 2020 despite our protestations. The governor promised to rebuild it and it was recently rebuilt. But the governor renamed the mosque after himself and MURIC asked him to remove his name.



“We advised him to delete his name and leave the mosque’s original name there before the fast approaching gubernatorial election of Saturday, 18th March, 2023 in order to avoid protest vote from Muslims in the state. The state branch of MURIC has confirmed that the governor’s name has been removed from the inscription on the mosque which now reads ‘Adogba Central Mosque’. This was done yesterday, Sunday, 11th March, 2023.  



“According to a newspaper report, the removal of the name was carried out by some workers led by the governor's media aide, Oriyomi Hamzat, the owner of Agidigbo FM (



“We appreciate Governor Seyi Makinde for complying with MURIC’s advice. MURIC may be radical but it is rational. We affirm that we are not confrontational or militant. Neither are we unnecessarily difficult to relate with once the relationship is based on mutual respect and once no attempt is made to trample on Allah-given fundamental rights of Muslims. We believe that the adherents of different religions can peacefully coexist in this country and work together towards making Nigeria great.



“May Allah continue to protect and bless Governor Seyi Makinde. We are satisfied with the removal of his name from the mosque. No more bitter feelings, no more distrust. MURIC will continue to pursue cordial relations with both government and private institutions in Nigeria as long as they continue to give Muslims their rights and dues and as long as they allow their actions to be guided by the principles of equity, fairness and justice.”





Professor Ishaq Akintola,

Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)



Friday, March 10, 2023



11th March, 2023





Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has renamed the Adogba Central Mosque, Iwo Road, Ibadan, after himself. The mosque was demolished by his administration in 2020. It was recently rebuilt. However, an Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has told the governor to remove his name from the mosque and return its original name.



In a statement issued on Saturday, 11th March, 2023 and signed by the group’s Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the organisation maintained that Makinde has no moral right to name the mosque after himself because it was a replacement of the original mosque which was demolished by him. MURIC advised the governor to effect the change before the gubernatorial election on Saturday to avoid protest vote.


MURIC’s statement reads :


“Our attention has been drawn to the name of Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State which has been conspicuously printed on the newly rebuilt Adogba Central Mosque, Iwo Road, Ibadan. It had better not be. It is an insult on the corporate dignity of the Muslim community of Oyo State in particular and the entire Muslim Ummah in Nigeria.



“We demand that Makinde removes his name from that mosque. It does not belong to him. It is an attempt to rewrite history. Adogba Central Mosque was built for the Organisation of Tadomunul Muslimeen by the Saudi-based Haramain Islamic Organisation.



“The mosque was pulled down by the Makinde administration despite protests by the Muslim community. The demolition was one of the governor’s anti-Muslim actions. Within six months of his resumption of office in 2019, Makinde became known in Muslim circles as a serial mosque destroyer.  



“He threatened to pull down Olore Mosque, turned Bodija Muslim praying ground to a recreation centre and bulldozed Adogba Central Mosque. To date, we are not aware of a single church that Makinde demolished. MURIC warned in November 2019 that Makinde should leave Muslim mosques alone but he went ahead with the demolition and promised to rebuild it.



“The governor has rebuilt the mosque in another location but he renamed it after himself. We are shocked to our marrows. What audacity! It is desecration of our place of worship. We cannot worship Makinde. We will worship Allah alone. It would have been right if he had not destroyed our mosque ab initio. But now we can still ask him ‘Where is our mosque?’ It is highly immoral. His action also lacks tact.



“Makinde can only be justified to name the mosque after himself if the money spent on its construction belonged to him personally. He needs to prove that to us but he has not. He used our common patrimony. That money belongs to the tax payers of Oyo State. It is not Makinde’s money. Therefore he has no moral right to name the mosque after himself. It is daylight robbery. It is abracadabra: the more you look, the less you see. Makinde has robbed Peter to pay Paul.



“Apart from the immoral angle, the governor has exhibited ulterior motive. Even the timing of the completion of the mosque was calculated to coincide with the 2023 electioneering period. Seyi Makinde has played on the intelligence of the Oyo State Muslim community. It is outrageous.



“Unfortunately the governor does not know that the Muslims are not pleased with his action. The best advice we can give him at this point is to remove his name from the mosque and replace it with the original name of the mosque which he destroyed, viz, Adogba Central Mosque.



“MURIC is known for dialogue and non-violence. Our motto is ‘Dialogue, No Violence’. Neither do we issue threats or give ultimatum. But the best time for the governor to effect the change of nomenclature is before the gubernatorial election coming up next week, Saturday, 18th March, 2023 in order to avoid protest votes on that day.




“We say capital ‘NO’ to ‘Makinde Central Mosque’. It is a rogue nomenclature. Our mosque is ‘Adogba Central Mosque.’ Engr Seyi Makinde has no mosque.”


#NoToMakindeCentralMosque    #AdogbaCentralMosque   #ReturnOurMosque



Professor Ishaq Akintola,

Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


Thursday, March 9, 2023



9th March, 2023




The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese, Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has described the victory of President-Elect, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, as ‘discredited’.      However, an Islamic human rights group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has described the cardinal’s outburst as jaundiced and disappointing.



MURIC’s reaction came through a statement circulated to the media on Thursday, 9th March, 2023 by the Executive Director of the organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola.


He said :


The Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese, Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has described the victory of President-Elect, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, as ‘discredited’. Onaiyekan was quoted as saying, ‘I love peace but will never endorse Tinubu’s discredited victory to pacify Nigerians’ (



“We are miffed by Cardinal Onaiyekan’s outburst. It is jaundiced and disappointing. It is integrity-bruising. He had hitherto occupied a lofty position of veneration in Muslim circles. He was believed to be the epitome of moderation and the embodiment of tolerance and fairness. His figure towered above gymnastic religiousity. But he has now disappointed his Muslim admirers.



“America, Britain, China, India, African countries and others have congratulated the winner but Onaiyekan still considers the victory ‘discredited’. It is astonishing that a man whom the Muslims used to consider as the only objective Christian leader who is far from the tramadolised crowd has let them down.



“Onaiyekan should have advised opposition candidates among the winners of Senate and House of Representatives elections who trooped out to collect their return certificates on Tuesday and Wednesday to boycott the event. Or is it Tinubu’s victory alone that was ‘discredited’?



“Leaders must choose their words very carefully. Whoever wants to be judgemental must not be selective. Those who come to equity must come with clean hands. How can the election be ‘discredited’ for Tinubu as a winner but ‘credible’ for winners among members of the opposition?



“Better still, the Cardinal should have told the opposition, particularly his anointed candidate, to boycott the election ab initio. Cardinal Onaiyekan is crying over spilt milk. It is useless locking the gate after the horse has bolted. All the political parties that participated in the election are already involved.



“We do not expect a leader of Onaiyekan’s status to manifest bitterness while licking his wounds. Nigerians understand what happened. Without conducting a census based on creed, the cardinal had shared the delusional belief that Christians outnumber Muslims in Nigeria. Of course he learned the hard way.



“It was on that basis that he encouraged the brazen confrontation of the Muslim-Muslim ticket ( There is bound to be shock and aftershock after a political tsunami.



“It is our considered opinion that Cardinal Onaiyekan’s statement is designed to massage the ego of Christian leaders with all their false soothsayers. Instead of dissipating his energy on denying the reality, we actually expected Onaiyekan to identify and assemble those who misled Nigerian Christians with their false predictions and ridiculous prognostications for some home truths.



“Apart from those who foresaw victory for opposition figures, a pastor told Nigerians that there would be no election at all in 2023. He said it was God who told him. We know his name. We have the evidence. We kept quiet at the time because we knew that he was only discrediting himself.



“It was these false prophesies that filled many Nigerian Christians (not all) with false hope which eventually led to frustration. These are the people Onaiyekan should be tutoring at this stage. He should be speaking against Christian entitlement mentality in Nigeria. He should invite those who gave false predictions for counselling on how not to lie against God.



“Jeremiah 14:14 said, ‘The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.



“This is from the same Bible to which all Nigerians have access. Why are our prophesy-addicted pastors determined to challenge what God says in the Bible and why have Christian leaders like Cardinal Onaiyekan refused to call them to order? We did not expect the much respected cardinal to tow the path of those suffering from intellectual poverty.



“MURIC appreciates many other Christians who are not swayed by emotions and false predictions. They are pragmatists and they know what actually happened. The Christian candidate was only acceptable in the South East, South South and some parts of North Central.



“Besides, challenging the North over the majority status question was a fatal mistake. Junketing from one church to another while ignoring the mosque was politically naive. But the electoral suicidal statement was asking the church to ‘take back your country’.



“We are surprised that Onaiyekan left pastors who are misleading Nigerians with false predictions and started blaming the Muslim candidate whose Imams never prophesy. Or has Onaiyekan ever seen or heard of an Islamic scholar prophesying? He is idolizing fiction and demonising reality. Who did this to Nigeria?



“Instead of acknowledging Tinubu’s superior political strategy as exhibited in his choice of a Muslim-Muslim ticket and instead of putting his house in order and de-escalating tension, Onaiyekan ignored the spiritual decay in Christendom to demarket a well-deserved victory won by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. We are constrained to ask, et tu Onaiyekan?”


#EtTuOnaiyekan   #OnaiyekanFaceReality



Professor Ishaq Akintola,

Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


Sunday, March 5, 2023



6th March, 2023




As electorates in Lagos State prepare to go to the polls on Saturday, 11th March, 2023, a faith-based human rights advocacy group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has drummed support for the second term of the incumbent governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu. According to the group, Sanwo-Olu deserves another term in view of his sterling performance in office.



MURIC gave the appeal on Monday, 6th March, 2023 via a press statement issued by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.


The statement reads :


“The people of Lagos State will join their counterparts from other states of the federation to exercise their franchise in a nationwide gubernatorial election on Saturday, 6th March, 2023. Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is contesting for his second term in office. It is our humble submission that Sanwo-Olu is the best option and we urge Lagosians regardless of religious background to give him their votes.



“A quick look at the governor’s score card will reveal giant steps in critical areas. In four years, Sanwo-Olu has taken Lagos to the next level. His major achievements include the red and blue rail lines as well as the revamping of water transport with high capacity boats acquired by the Lagos State Ferry Services (LAGFERRY). These are very significant steps particularly for a mega city like Lagos with its perennial traffic congestion.



“Sanwo-Olu’s administration also constructed more than 308 roads among which are the Pen Cinema flyover, Lekki-Epe-Ibeju road expansion and the Lekki-VGC regional road. The World Health Organisation (WHO) poured encomiums on his administration for its impressive performance in the quick and effective curtailing of the COVID-19 pandemic.



“In the area of education, apart from the free education in Lagos State primary and secondary schools, tertiary institutions attract the lowest tuition in the state. In its quest for progress in this sector, the state government has established two more universities.



“Lagos became the Mecca of Nigerians from other states after former visionary Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, now President-Elect, launched a master plan which has been faithfully implemented by his successors to date. It catapulted the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) from a paltry N600 million to mouth-watering figures in billions of naira every year.



“It will be retrogressive to vote for any candidate who may likely cause a derailment in the Lagos master plan. Therefore, we should give Sanwo-Olu another mandate because he has faithfully adhered to the Lagos master plan. Such adherence is necessary in order to sustain the status of Lagos as the centre of excellence in Nigeria and the model for other states. We urge all lovers of good governance and all those who want progress for Lagos State to vote for Sanwo-Olu. There is definitely no better alternative.



“MURIC appeals to Muslims in particular to regard the election this coming Saturday as an entirely different picture. A vote for Sanwo-Olu is a vote for Tinubu, his mentor. Nigerian Muslims mobilized support for Tinubu, not because they do not love their Christian neighbours, but because they were frontally challenged with a false narrative of higher Christian population in the country.



“Well, the battle has been won and lost and each group knows exactly where it stands. This time, we Muslims will vote for a Christian, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. He deserves our votes because of his brilliant performance. It may also be necessary to remind Muslims in Lagos State that Sanwo-Olu gave instructions for the issuance of the hijab circular in the state and appointed two Muslim tutor generals.



“There is also an understanding between Sanwo-Olu and the Muslims of Lagos State that a Muslim will succeed him. It is only wise to give our support to an administration with whom we have an agreement. As Muslims and responsible citizens, we also have a duty to join our Christian neighbours in keeping the treasures of Lagos away from reckless hands.



“We therefore implore the good people of Lagos to troop out en masse to vote for Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Sitting down and wishing on election day makes no candidate win. Good citizens must come out to perform their civic duty. Remember, bad leaders are elected by good citizens who fail to vote.”


#VoteSanwo-Olu  #VoteContinuity



Professor Ishaq Akintola,

Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


Friday, March 3, 2023



3rd March, 2023




An Islamic human rights advocacy group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has expressed appreciation to the North for keeping its promise on power shift to the South. The group described the North as the bastion of honour, the citadel of nobility and the abode of integrity in Nigeria.



MURIC made the declaration in a press statement signed by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Friday, 3rd March, 2023.


The full statement reads :


“It is an open secret that Nigeria’s political parties resolved to shift power to the South in the buildup to the 2023 general elections. It was argued that it would be unfair to the South if another Northerner succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari, a Northern Fulani.



“Although all eyes were on the two major political parties to implement this unwritten agreement, only the All People’s Congress (APC) implemented it by picking Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a Southern Yoruba. The main opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), reneged and fielded Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, another Northern Fulani.



“This resulted in friction within the PDP leading to the emergence of the G-5 group. Palpable tension gripped the South as doubts were expressed about the sincerity of Northerners. Cynics argued that the North would not keep its promise since they now have one of their own, a Fulani, as the PDP presidential candidate.



“MURIC in particular was derided by non-Muslims in the South. We were called slaves of the North. But we stood our ground. We insisted that we trusted the North particularly on the basis of understandings reached and pledges made at various Islamic fora on MURIC’s avowed project for the emergence of a Yoruba Muslim president.



“The ground-breaking decision came just before the parties’ primaries when 12 Northern governors (the Noble Dozen) insisted that power must shift to the South ( This enabled Tinubu to emerge as the flagbearer of the ruling party and ultimately as the President-Elect after the presidential election held on Saturday, 25th December, 2023.



“A brief analysis of the results of the presidential election reveals that Tinubu polled the lion share of his votes in the North to give him his much needed victory. Working on approximate figures without claiming any mathematical exactitude, the total scores of Tinubu in the South was 3,196,040 whereas he garnered 5,598,686 in the North, a difference of about two and a half million. This gave him a grand total of 8,794,726. He scored 127,370 votes in the South East, 799,957 in the South South and 2,279,407 in the South West.



“The outcome of the presidential election showed that Northern votes won the election for Tinubu. The Northern figure almost doubled what he scored in the South. It showed that Northerners stood by their words. They walked their talks. They took the path of honour and nobility. They abandoned a Northern Fulani candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and voted for a Southern Yoruba Muslim candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.



“We doff our hats for the North. We salute integrity. The North is a reliable friend by all standards. The region stood behind Tinubu, a Southern Muslim, like the Rock of Gibralta.



“In fact, numerous calls received in MURIC’s Lagos headquarters during the tension-soaked hours of the collation of results proved beyond any reasonable doubt that our Northern brothers and sisters were even more concerned than us in the South. We celebrate the North.



“They called to give assurance. They called to know how we were holding on in the South. The solidarity was rock-solid, tremendous, unprecedented. But most gratifying were the congratulatory messages that came from the same Northern brothers to MURIC’s office after Tinubu was declared winner. We give it to the North.



“With this strong support for a Southerner coming from the North, the myth of a Northern oligarchy has fallen apart. The conspiracy theories of the existence of a Northern Caliphate bent on perpetuating Northerners in power becomes a mirage, a phantom. The ‘born to rule’ propaganda which haters of the North has been brandishing has been proved to be false, baseless and unfounded.    



“Not only did the North win this election, it won the battle, pocketed the war itself and carted away the propaganda. It is a massive and disgraceful defeat for Southern ideologues, merchants of hate and peddlers of anti-North as well as anti-Muslim fake news. The North has disappointed the nay sayers and the doubting Thomases. The North has proved, without any iota of doubt, that it is the bastion of honour, the citadel of nobility and the abode of integrity in Nigeria. We salute the North.



“It is a big lesson for Southern Muslims who still entertain doubts about their Northern brethren. It is a big blow for non-Muslims whose hobby is to create wedges between Southern Muslims and their Northern counterparts. They sow the seeds of doubt and suspicion in the minds of Southern Muslims against their Muslim brothers in the North.



“They are always eager to tell Southern Muslims that Northerners would not pray behind them. They are always anxious to let Southern Muslims know that Northerners regard them as their slaves. They spread false information about Northerners and Muslims. We were able to counter all these. They resorted to blackmail and threats against MURIC when all their tricks failed yet we were not bothered.  



“But the wind has blown. We have seen the ruff of the hen. We have seen Northern Muslims praying behind Yoruba and Igbo Imams even in the National Mosque, Abuja. Never again shall we allow confusionists to judge our Northern brothers for us. Never again shall we doubt our Northern brothers. Never again!”


#ThankYouNorth  #NorthIsTrustworthy  #NorthIsBastionofHonour 



Professor Ishaq Akintola,

Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)