This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
spokesman of Operation Safe Haven in Plateau State, Major Adam Umar, has
confirmed the killing of two Muslim travelers at Nding Sesut village of Barkin
Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State on Sunday night. According to him, two
other persons were also injured while one escaped unhurt.
the army spokesman did not actually identify the killers as Berom youth, the Muslim
Rights Concern (MURIC) has denounced the killing and pointed accusing fingers
at the former. In a press statement issued on Wednesday, 21st
November, 2018, the human rights organization alleged that Berom youths were
still killing Muslim travelers.
have the names of the two dead victims. They are Tanimu Sanusi and Usman Inusa.
They were members of Vegetable Sellers Association at the Building Materials
Market in Jos. They were returning from Barkin Ladi when they were attacked. Abdullahi
Muhammad is one of the two persons injured.
“The army spokesman is being diplomatic
by not pinning the killing on Berom youths. MURIC has a duty to cry out and
reveal the true identity of the killers. They are Berom youths. The survivors
made the revelation. The reference to the possibility of an armed robbery
attack by the army spokesman is part of the tact being employed by the army. They
took the victims’ car away to divert attention. Armed robbers are not in the
habit of killing their victims.
money was snatched and no cell phones were collected from the victims. Our bet
is that the victims’ car is now lying under one of the ponds in the
neighbourhood. There are more than 80 such ponds there and the late General
Alkali’s car was found inside one of them”.
According to Professor Ishaq Akintola, the director and founder
of MURIC who signed the statement, the Berom are recalcitrant.
“These are people who have tasted human flesh before. They can
never be the same again. They massacred hundreds of Muslims in 2011. They
roasted their victims on the spot and ate them up. Like the leopard which
cannot change its skin, cannibals are always thirsty for more human meat. Besides,
Berom youths allegedly trained as killers in Israel are constantly looking for ‘game’
and ‘bush meat’.
“This is an indubitable proof of the
meaninglessness of Governor Lalong’s apology. How can the governor be apologizing
while his kinsmen continue to kill innocent travelers? Coming barely a week
after the burial of the late General Alkali (rtd), a strong evidence of
continued criminality is emerging. It is unacceptable. The Beroms are not
showing remorse at all.
“MURIC therefore demands that the army must announce the outcome
of investigations being conducted into the recent attack on Muslim travellers.
We charge the army and other security agencies on ground to heighten their
vigilance. The Berom capacity to inflict any harm on travelers must be
categorically neutralized. There is an urgent need for military checkpoints in
strategic places along roads used by travelers. Regular military patrols are
“While we commend
the army for its gallantry, relentlessness and adherence to the rules of
engagement even in the face of provocation, we assert the Allah-given
fundamental human right of Nigerian Muslims to move freely without let or
hinderance. This right is stipulated in Section 41 (1) of the 1999 Constitution
of the Federal Government of Nigeria, ‘Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to
move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof…’ It therefore
behoves the Nigerian security agencies to ensure that the Berom are not allowed
to abridge the right of Muslims to move freely in Jos and environs.
“In conclusion, MURIC calls on the Federal Government (FG) to
rise to its responsibility of protecting Fulanis and Muslims in the face of
Berom threat. In particular, we demand the draining of those dangerous ponds
around Jos metropolis since there is strong evidence that they are being used
for criminal purposes. It is our strong suspicion that hundreds of dead bodies
of Fulanis and Muslims have been dumped in the ponds. The time to do this is
now and FG must not abdicate its responsibility. We call FG’s attention to Section
14 (2) (b) of the Constitution which says, ‘The security and welfare of the
people shall be the primary purpose of government’”.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
As Nigerian Muslims join their
counterparts all over the world today to celebrate the birthday of the Prophet,
he Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has congratulated the Sultan of Sokoto and the
President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA),
Alhaji Muhammad Sa’d Abubakar III.
MURIC also felicitated with leaders
of all Islamic organizations in the country, the entire Muslim population and
all Nigerians for witnessing the occasion.
The message was contained in a
Maolud message signed by the director and founder of the human rights organization,
Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Tuesday 20th November, 2018.
MURIC called on Nigerian politicians
to focus on the plight of poor Nigerians instead of nursing selfish ambitions. “Problems
like epileptic power supply, sub-standard public health facilities, bad roads,
poverty and desertification of qualitative education are what our politicians
should be addressing. 2019 should not be about stealing our common patrimony.
Politicians should eschew bitterness, greed and selfishness.
urge Nigerians to ignore flambouyant politicians. This is the time to choose
leaders who possess some of the virtues of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)
in terms of transparency, integrity, simplicity and trustworthiness. Muhammad
is being celebrated today because he was the epitome of self-discipline. He shunned
opulence throughout his lifetime and he was nicknamed Al-Amiin (i.e. the
Trustworthy) even before he became a prophet on account of his transparency and
Spartan way of life.
“We charge Nigerian youths to shun
politicians who seek to exploit them during the electioneering campaigns. The
children of politicians are studying in foreign countries and enjoying
themselves. Nigerian youths should turn their backs against those who seek to
use them for thuggery and hooliganism. They should tell such politicians to
bring their own children to do their dirty jobs. Our youths are advised to shun
drugs and cultism and to concentrate on productive enterprises that can make
them great in the future.
parents are urged to inculcate in their children the virtues of self-respect,
frugality, honesty and industry. They should stop encouraging consumerism and a
culture of waste as manifested in funeral parties and expensive wedding ceremonies.
They should stop leading false lives.
“Finally, we invite religious
leaders in all faiths to come closer, to spread love, send out messages of
peace and to emulate the great leaders of their faith.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
The Nigerian media was last week
agog with news of demonstrations held by the Ishashi Communityof Lagos State
against Eko Electricity Development Company. The demonstrators complained of
‘crazy bills’ and poor power supply. It was not an isolated case as
demonstrations had been held on several occasions in many parts of the country,
particularly in the South West, South East, South South and some parts of the
North against the electricity distribution companies (DISCOs).
Contributing to this ugly
development, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) in a statement issued on Monday
19th November, 2018, described the performance of the DISCOs as disappointing.
“Something is fundamentally wrong. It is as if the DISCOs are working
at cross-purposes with the Federal Government (FG). They have not shown the
industrial will for regular power supply despite the uncommon enthusiasm shown
by the Minister of Power, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, who has a reputation for
high-level delivery of service.
“We can confirm as eye-witnesses
since MURIC’s headquarters is based in one of the communities at the receiving
end of one of the DISCOs, namely EKDEC. Iba area of Lagos State receives the
worst treatment. Apart from ‘crazy bills’, the lights are never supplied
throughout the night. People sleep in darkness. They are exposed to the
terrible heat and mosquitoes.
“Many transformers have been vandalized and the vandals operate under
cover of darkness. All appeals to EKDEC to ensure that light is supplied at
night have fallen on deaf ears. Apart from that, armed robbers seize the
opportunity of all-night darkness to terrorise the neighbourhood. This would
not have been so easy for the hoodlums if there is power supply at night.
“Resolutions reached at the
meetings of the communities urging the DISCO to supply electricity at night for
security reason have been ignored to date although the resolutions were
communicated to EKDEC. This company has constituted itself into a government
within a government. It is very insensitive, sadistic and recalcitrant.
“Iba area is a university
community where lecturers and students reside in large number yet the DISCO has
failed to take this factor into consideration. Students must study. They must
also do their assignments. The lecturers too must research. They also have
students’ projects, dissertations and theses to peruse and correct. How do they
do all these in darkness?
“The case of Lagos State University (LASU) is pathetic. Alhough the
university’s visionary, purposeful and dynamic leadership has taken the
university to world class status with several initiatives, lack of regular power
supply constitutes a potent threat to the sustenance of LASU’s current enviable
“In an effort to ensure regular
power supply on Ojo campus, the University management spends a humongous amount
every month on diesel and maintenance of the big generators which are installed
all over the campus. This eats deep into the coffers of the university.
“Apart from students who are in
the hostel and who must use electricity at night, LASU students also read on
campus during the night and this poses another big challenge. EKDEC’s
diabolical policy of ‘no electricity at night’ in Iba area makes this a serious
challenge to the university administration.
“It is the height of sadism to
give consumers light in the daytime only. People have the opportunity to go
outside on the veranda or balcony for fresh air if there is no light during the
daytime. They can even take a strol or sit under a tree outside but they dare
not attempt that luxury at night for obvious reasons. They are stuck indoors
during the night and that is the time they really need electricity. Unfortunately
that is the time EKDEC has sworn never to supply electricity to consumers in
“People in the area are wondering
what is amiss? Of course this is Nigeria and you have to open your eyes
properly. Is EKDEC colluding with some companies who need electricity in the
daytime to power their industrial machines? We really have no objection to this
because it will aid the country’s quick industrialization and tecknological
growth but this must not be done at the expense of poor consumers”
MURIC also revealed that its team
had held a dialogue session with EKDEC management in the area to no avail.
“About five members of MURIC were
picked to discuss with EKDEC management in Iba area about eight months ago. We
complained that though electricity was sometimes supplied in the daytime for
some hours, it was not supplied at night. They usually switch on around 11 am
and switch off around 5 pm. It is an average of six hours per day.
“We learnt that the company had
the capacity to supply electricity for ten hours and we suggested that the ten
hours should be split between day and night. Isn’t that fair enough? We
suggested that the five hours of the night should be from 12 midnight to 5 am.
Did we ask for too much? We are yet to see that implemented. EKDEC has no
listening ear, at least not for poor areas like Iba.
“MURIC is deeply disturbed as EKDEC and some other DISCOs are depriving
Nigerians of the dividends of democracy. They are not allowing Nigerians to
enjoy and feel the impact of the good work which the Buhari administration has
been doing. After the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wasted $16 billion
procuring darkness and subjecting Nigerians to untold suffering, the DISCOs which
are owned and managed by PDP agents and contractors are deliberately
frustrating the people in order to destroy the good work of the Buhari
They continue to suck the people’s
blood under the protection of the rule of law. This could not have been
possible in a military setting. This is one instance where a second look must
be taken at the rule of law. Should rapaciously greedy politicians be allowed
to subject the people to exploitation using the rule of law as a cover for
their atrocity? Is national interest terra incognito in a democracy? Can’t
we revoke the contracts of the DISCOs in an emergency situation?
“People in the whole area are
frustrated. Coupled with that is the economic implication of the denial of
electricity supply at night. We are forced to use generators and to spend huge
amounts of money on fuel and maintenance. It is a colossal loss. This bhas
forced the communities to drag EKDEC to court under the auspices of the
Confederation of Iba Communiries (CIC) but the case has been dragging for more
than one year now.
MURIC also accused EKDEC of discrimination. According to the director
of the human rights organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola, “EKDEC treats
consumers in high brow areas like Ikoyi with special respect but treats those
in Iba area with contempt. That is class segregation. Consumers have been compartmentalized
into ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’. EKDEC’s consumers are in an Animal Farm scenario
with its crooked ‘four legs good, two legs better’ mantra.
“MURIC appeals to the honourable
Minister of Power, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to come to our aid. We are really
suffering. It is high time FG called the bluff of the DISCOs. If it is true
that the contract of the DISCOs will be expiring this month (November 2018), we
strongly advise that the contracts should be revoked. These DISCOs are not on
the same page with the current administration. They are cogs in the wheel of
progress. Let them go back to their avariciously glutonous politicians and superfluously
voracious capitalist bourgeoise.
“For the sake of microscopic
clarity, we affirm that the concern of the Muslim Rights Concern is the welfare
of the masses. We are greatly concerned that the DISCOs are supplying darkness
instead of light. We are concerned as socio-intellectual jihadists seeking 24-hour
electricity supply to Nigerians, freedom for the oppressed, food for the hungry,
healing for the sick, clothing apparels for the naked and shelter for the
homeless. We remain oppressed until these welfare objectives are attained. The
struggle for better life for the poor masses is a noble jihad and we
will not abandon this great path.
“As we round off, we call on
EKDEC in particular and other DISCOs to stop deceiving their consumers. You can
fool some people sometimes but you cannot fool all the people all of the time.
Enough is enough. MURIC will not hesitate to spearhead a massive but peaceful
demonstration against them if they do not perform. We urge FG to put an end to
the DISCO’s contracts as quickly as possible because they have failed Nigerians”.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
The University of Ibadan
International School (UIS) hijab crisis was exacerbated this morning Thursday,
15th November, 2018 when female Muslim students who wore hijab to
resume with other students of the school were disallowed from entering the
A meeting of the Parents Teachers
Association (PTA) convened to resolve the matter ended in a stalemate as Muslim
parents who attended the meeting were not allowed to express their grievances.
Instead, they were shouted down by Christian parents and teachers who
constituted the majority at the meeting. The Muslim parents therefore decided
to stage a walkout.
Commenting on this ugly development,
the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) lamented the poor handling of the crisis by
the school principal, Mrs. Phebean Olowe.
“It is administrative masturbation. We
are not novists in management. The school principal has manipulated the PTA executive
and exploited the meeting to achieve her hidden agenda which, ab initio,
has been the denial of hijab for female Muslim students. Being a die-hard
member of the Scriptures Union (SU), this woman characteristically has a
pathological hatred for Muslims and their children.
should a matter which affects Muslims only be subjected to the decision of a
Christian majority? The likely outcome was already known to the principal.
Whoever presided at that PTA meeting also had a preconceived idea. Majority may
have their way but the minority should have their say. But that is only in democracy.
Incidentally this is not about democracy. It is religion and religion is a
sensitive matter. It will not succumb to democratic rules.
“Also by shouting down the Muslims
at that meeting, the chairman has exhibited gross irresponsibility. The
chairman of any meeting has a duty to protect all. He must have a listening
hear and he should allow common sense to prevail at the end of the day. Common sense
in this case should have made the chairman realize that bringing a majority Christian
group together with a minority Muslim group in a matter affecting Muslims only
in present-day Nigeria will only end up in confusion”.
Professor Ishaq Akintola, who signed
the statement, also condemned the shutting out of Muslim students from the
school premises this morning.
“It is religious apartheid. The principal
has just shot herself in the foot. Her real plan is now exposed. She never
really wanted Muslim children in that school unless they are prepared to
compromise their faith. It is glaring from the way she hobnobs with Muslim
officials who have exhibited readiness to compromise. She sees them as ‘liberal’
Muslims. To her a good Muslim is one who is not ready to stand by his or her
religion. Yet she knows the rules in her own denomination (SU) where compromise
is taboo. Imagine people who claim to be educated willingly denying entrance to
schools to school children.
“It is impunity. It is tyranny of
the highest order. We will resist this marginalization with every legitimate
arsenal at our disposal. It cannot happen in Ibadanland. UIS authorities have
acted ultra vires by shuting those students out. This is not a school
where anyone can do what he or she likes. It is a fee-paying institution and the
authorities will have to explain why those Muslim students who have duely paid
their school fees are shut out of the school gates. The judiciability is not in
contention here. A prima facie has been established. If UI itself is not
an island, its international school cannot be entire of itself.
should look back and ponder. What happened in Osun State when Christian parents
engineered their children and wards to wear church garments to school? How long
did the church garment culture last in Osun schools? Why do people love to
start what they cannot finish? What happened in the Law School when a single
female Muslim law graduate challenged the status quo? Or have we forgotten the
Amasa Firdaus affair so soon? What happened in Lagos State just two days ago
after several years of depriving female Muslim children of their rights? How
long will it take this principal to come to her senses?
“Phebean Olowe will eat her words.
So will her cronies. The battle has just begun. We will humble her without firing
a single shot and without recourse to violence. It is a battle of wits between
the oppressor and the oppressed. Phebean Olowe should stop massaging her ego. She
should do the right thing before it is too late.
“We will see who has the backing of
the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Her rubber-stamp PTA will need
to explain to all Nigerians how their school’s laws can over-ride the Nigerian
constitution. We hope they know what they are up against.
“Before we have a break, we advise the
management of the University of Ibadan to intervene. The school principal must
be called to order. We urge the Muslim parents to send their children and wards
to school everyday and to also record treatments meted out to them by the
school authorities. Freedom is never given on a platter of gold. Dare to
struggle, dare to win. No retreat, no surrender.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)