Sunday, July 14, 2024

MURIC TO MAKINDE: STOP FRIDAY PROGRAMS

 


15th July, 2024

PRESS RELEASE:

MURIC TO MAKINDE: STOP FRIDAY PROGRAMS

 

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has accused Governor Seyi Makinde of being in the habit of scheduling programmes on Fridays and arriving late, thereby depriving Muslims of the opportunity to observe Friday prayer. The group also alleged that Makinde retained his name on Adogba Central Mosque whereas it was not rebuilt with his personal money. It therefore asked the governor to order the removal of his name from the mosque's wall. 

 

The allegations were contained in a press statement issued on Monday, 15th July, 2024 by the Founder and Executive Director of the organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola. 

 

The full statement reads:

 

"Muslims who attended the coronation ceremony of the new Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Owolabi Olakulehin on Friday, 12th July 2024 were unable to go for the Jumu'ah (Friday prayer) due to the late arrival of the state governor, Seyi Makinde. 

 

"Social media immediately went agog with insinuations that it was not the first time the governor would arrive late for programmes scheduled for Fridays.

 

"MURIC is worried that such an attitude is symptomatic of a lack of decorum for matters affecting Muslims in the state. We can cite the example of Adogba Central Mosque at Iwo Road, Ibadan, which was demolished despite pleas from Islamic organizations and Muslim leaders. 

 

"Governor Makinde went ahead to demolish the mosque but he promised to rebuild it. Although it was rebuilt but the governor inscribed his name boldly at the entrance. MURIC protested at the time and the government promised to remove the governor's name (https://independent.ng/remove-your-name-from-our-mosque-muric-tells-makinde/). But only the name at the entrance was removed. A similar inscription is still on the wall of the mosque till today and it is visible from the road.

 

"These are acts of impunity. It is executive dare-devilness to take actions knowing fully well that ordinary citizens could be reprimanded for them if they did the same things. It is right for the governor’s name to be engraved on the wall as the official who declared the mosque open. But then the size cannot be more than what is called ‘2 X 2’.

 

“It becomes another thing when the governor’s name is placed on a big banner or sign post against the wall of the mosque. A place of worship is not the appropriate place to display wealth, power or claim ownership of. But can Makinde provide proof that he single handedly funded the mosque building? Only then can he ostentatiously brandish his name there.

 

"In the same vein, it is lack of respect for Muslims to keep them sitting at a programme when they should be in the mosque, particularly on a Friday. Can Seyi Makinde fix these programmes on Sundays? Can he keep bishops and pastors waiting at the venue of a programme on a Sunday morning?

 

"Here is one more reason for our agitation for the declaration of Friday as a work-free day in Nigeria. The absence of a work-free Friday in the country is a sign-post of inequality, imbalance and lopsidedness. Nigeria’s democracy is a fraud if Muslims are not given the same things Christians are given.

 

"Meanwhile we urge Governor Seyi Makinde to avoid fixing important meetings and programmes on Fridays unless such meetings or programmes do not involve Muslims at all. Muslims are always uncomfortable at such programmes. His name should also be totally removed from Adogba Mosque unless the project was personally funded by him. 

 

"However, it is sacrilegious to name the mosque after him, being a non-Muslim and we hope the committee running the mosque is fully aware of the eschatological implications of all these. We are all accountable to Allah for actions taken by us in this world in the Hereafter."

 

#SeyiMakinde

#OurFridayMatters

 

Professor Ishaq Akintola, 

Founder/Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).

 

EMULATE OONI OF IFE – MURIC TELLS TRADITIONAL RULERS

 


14th July, 2024

PRESS RELEASE:

EMULATE OONI OF IFE – MURIC TELLS TRADITIONAL RULERS

 

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has applauded the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, for his recent effort in bringing down the prices of foodstuffs in Ile-Ife and environs. The Islamic human rights group also said Ooni’s initiative underscores the relevance of traditional rulers in governance. It therefore urged other traditional rulers in the country to emulate the monarch of the cradle of Yorubaland.

 

MURIC’s message to traditional rulers was contained in a press statement issued on Sunday, 14th July, 2024 by the Founder and Executive Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

 

The full statement reads:

 

“A recent video clip which went viral from Saturday, 13th July, 2024 has shown traditional chiefs of the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial majesty, Oba Adeyeye Eniitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, going round the city markets to publicly announce the ban on market unions, particularly the practice of fixing prices of foodstuffs by the unions which usually results in inflation.

 

“MURIC applauds the Ooni’s initiative and his concern for the plight of the poor in Ile-Ife, its environs and even beyond. The royal father has demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that he empathises with the hoi polloi and acknowledges the hunger that is widespread in the land.

 

“We call on other monarchs in the country to emulate the Ooni by thinking outside the box to find ways of alleviating the sufferings of their subjects. Like security, governance must be by collective effort.

 

“Contributions of traditional rulers like that of the Ooni is one of the reasons why the rigid theory of the separation of powers between the executive, the judiciary and the legislature mut be revisited to include traditional rulers. The latter must be captured in the whole gamut of legislation to legalise their activities.

 

“We charge Nigerians who are playing the role of middlemen in the Nigerian economy like market unions, petrol and transport-related organisations to reconsider their negative effects on ordinary Nigerians. Most often, the evil that these groups cause is by far worse than what any other body inflicts on the average Nigerian.”

 

#KudosOoniOfIfe

#EmulateOoni

#BringDownInflation

 

Professor Ishaq Akintola, 

Founder/Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).

 

Friday, July 12, 2024

SOKOTO NEW LAW: DIALOGUE IS THE ANSWER – MURIC

 


13th July, 2024

PRESS RELEASE:

SOKOTO NEW LAW: DIALOGUE IS THE ANSWER – MURIC

 

The Governor of Sokoto State, Ahmed Aliyu, yesterday signed into law a bill widely believed to have the effect of reducing the powers of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar. In a swift reaction, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has responded dialogue as the way forward after signing the bill into law.

 

MURIC spoke via its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement made available to pressmen on Saturday, 13th July, 2024.

 

He said:

 

“Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State signed a new bill into law yesterday. The new law is widely believed to have the effect of diminishing the powers of the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar. (https://punchng.com/sokoto-gov-signs-law-stripping-sultan-power-to-appoint-district-village-heads/)

 

“While we are not comfortable with the new development, MURIC is of the humble opinion that confrontation at this point in time will only heat up the polity. We believe that dialogue should be adopted as the way forward in view of the intricate nature of the relationship between Nigerian governors and their traditional rulers vis a vis the Nigerian political architecture.

 

“The problem can only be effectively addressed by attacking its root. Every state governor has total power over the traditional rulers in the state. They have the power to hire and fire as stipulated in the states’ chieftaincy laws. That is why MURIC has been crying out against the dethronement clauses in states’ laws and calling upon lawmakers in each state to revisit that aspect of the law but no single lawmaker has listened so far.

 

“Even Nigerian Muslims did not pay attention to MURIC when we warned twenty eight (28) years ago that it was dangerous to allow the governor of Sokoto State to have the power to depose the Sultan. We argued at the time that although the Sultan is a traditional ruler in Sokoto State, he is more than that in the rest of the country because as the President General of the NSCIA, he is the leader of all Nigerian Muslims.

 

“In a paper delivered at the University of Ilorin in the year 1998, MURIC’s Executive Director warned that Nigerian Muslims would continue to suffer unbearable embarrassments unless the Sultan was given immunity from deposition. The paper was entitled, ‘Leadership Crisis in the Nigerian Ummah, A Case Study of the Challenges Facing Islam and the Muslims in the 21st Century’ (See Akintola, I. L., Islam and Muslims in Nigeria: Challenges of the 21st Century, Z I. Oseni, ed., Jimsons, Ilorin, pages 26-42, 1998).

 

“Also in a paper delivered on Saturday, 30th October, 2021 at a Sokoto conference organized to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sultan, MURIC’s Executive Director delivered a paper captioned ‘His Eminence Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, 15 Years of Leadership: Progress and Prospects’.

 

“The 2021 paper urged Sokoto lawmakers to amend the section of the Sokoto chieftaincy law which empowers the governor to sack the Sultan simply by adding the words ‘except the Sultan of Sokoto’ to that clause. In spite of the loud applause which greeted the paper at the venue and promises of acceptance and application in the state’s legislature, nothing came of this effort. Even the publicity which followed the conference yielded nothing. An Emir chaired the session and he promised to give the Speaker of the Sokoto State House of Assembly a copy that same evening.

 

“The Premium Times publication of 3rd November, 2021, (i.e. four days after the conference) quoted MURIC’s Executive Director as saying, ‘This is not about the reigning Sultan alone. It is about the progress of the Ummah…’ (https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/493125-muric-salutes-sultan-on-15th-coronation-anniversary-seeks-immunity-from-dethronement.html?tztc=1). Yet nobody paid attention until there was a change of government on 29th May, 2023.

 

“We have gone down memory lane for four reasons. One, so that we may be properly understood. Two, to raise awareness among Nigerian Muslims. Three, to show for how long MURIC has been preoccupied with the fate of Nigerian Muslims, particularly the leadership of the Sultan. Four, to bring the heads of Sokoto politicians, their lawmakers and the rest of Nigerian Muslims under the same thinking cap.

 

“There is need for us to synergize, re-engineer and re-strategise on the Sokoto affair. It is going to be a long struggle, not against the governor of Sokoto but against all the governors of the 36 states of Nigeria. We must not target the liberation of the sultanate alone. All Nigerian monarchs are under threat. We must carry the lawmakers and the Nigerian press along.

 

“To this end, MURIC remains assured of the outcome of a tripartite meeting arranged by an influential Islamic scholar from the North about two weeks ago. The meeting involved the Governor of Sokoto State, the scholar and the Director of MURIC. Though virtual, the meeting yielded one positive fruit, namely, a pledge by the governor not to depose the Sultan. We are already seeking ways of leveraging on this to open the doors of dialogue among major stakeholders.

 

“We therefore seek the cooperation of all interested parties. The unique position of the Sultan is yet to be understood by all. Neither does the city of Sokoto appreciate its princely status and highly favoured position as the seat of the caliphate. It is our hope that Sokoto continues to enjoy that special status but that depends on the progress or otherwise of the dialogue.”

 

“For now what we need in Sokoto is dialogue. The bill has been signed into law but law is made by men, not men by law. Again, we must remember that the law is an ass. It will always carry what is placed on it. Charles Dickens in his ‘Oliver Twist’ called the law ‘an ass, an idiot’ because the law, when applied too rigidly or too flexibly, can be blind to the realities on the ground.

 

“Therefore, signing Sokoto’s new bill into law cannot and should not be the end of the story. It is simply democracy at work. The sons of Sokoto made the law. The sons of Sokoto will apply it to favour Sokoto and to protect the dignity and integrity of Islam. This great city called Sokoto must continue to rise. The seat of the caliphate will not fall. The legacy of Uthman Bin Fudi lives forever.”

 

#LongLiveBinFudiDynasty

#LongLiveTheSultan

 

Professor Ishaq Akintola, 

Founder/Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).

 

SOKOTO NEW LAW: DIALOGUE IS THE ANSWER – MURIC

 


13th July, 2024

PRESS RELEASE:

SOKOTO NEW LAW: DIALOGUE IS THE ANSWER – MURIC

 

The Governor of Sokoto State, Ahmed Aliyu, yesterday signed into law a bill widely believed to have the effect of reducing the powers of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar. In a swift reaction, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has responded dialogue as the way forward after signing the bill into law.

 

MURIC spoke via its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement made available to pressmen on Saturday, 13th July, 2024.

 

He said:

 

“Governor Ahmed Aliyu of Sokoto State signed a new bill into law yesterday. The new law is widely believed to have the effect of diminishing the powers of the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar. (https://punchng.com/sokoto-gov-signs-law-stripping-sultan-power-to-appoint-district-village-heads/)

 

“While we are not comfortable with the new development, MURIC is of the humble opinion that confrontation at this point in time will only heat up the polity. We believe that dialogue should be adopted as the way forward in view of the intricate nature of the relationship between Nigerian governors and their traditional rulers vis a vis the Nigerian political architecture.

 

“The problem can only be effectively addressed by attacking its root. Every state governor has total power over the traditional rulers in the state. They have the power to hire and fire as stipulated in the states’ chieftaincy laws. That is why MURIC has been crying out against the dethronement clauses in states’ laws and calling upon lawmakers in each state to revisit that aspect of the law but no single lawmaker has listened so far.

 

“Even Nigerian Muslims did not pay attention to MURIC when we warned twenty eight (28) years ago that it was dangerous to allow the governor of Sokoto State to have the power to depose the Sultan. We argued at the time that although the Sultan is a traditional ruler in Sokoto State, he is more than that in the rest of the country because as the President General of the NSCIA, he is the leader of all Nigerian Muslims.

 

“In a paper delivered at the University of Ilorin in the year 1998, MURIC’s Executive Director warned that Nigerian Muslims would continue to suffer unbearable embarrassments unless the Sultan was given immunity from deposition. The paper was entitled, ‘Leadership Crisis in the Nigerian Ummah, A Case Study of the Challenges Facing Islam and the Muslims in the 21st Century’ (See Akintola, I. L., Islam and Muslims in Nigeria: Challenges of the 21st Century, Z I. Oseni, ed., Jimsons, Ilorin, pages 26-42, 1998).

 

“Also in a paper delivered on Saturday, 30th October, 2021 at a Sokoto conference organized to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Sultan, MURIC’s Executive Director delivered a paper captioned ‘His Eminence Sultan Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, 15 Years of Leadership: Progress and Prospects’.

 

“The 2021 paper urged Sokoto lawmakers to amend the section of the Sokoto chieftaincy law which empowers the governor to sack the Sultan simply by adding the words ‘except the Sultan of Sokoto’ to that clause. In spite of the loud applause which greeted the paper at the venue and promises of acceptance and application in the state’s legislature, nothing came of this effort. Even the publicity which followed the conference yielded nothing. An Emir chaired the session and he promised to give the Speaker of the Sokoto State House of Assembly a copy that same evening.

 

“The Premium Times publication of 3rd November, 2021, (i.e. four days after the conference) quoted MURIC’s Executive Director as saying, ‘This is not about the reigning Sultan alone. It is about the progress of the Ummah…’ (https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/more-news/493125-muric-salutes-sultan-on-15th-coronation-anniversary-seeks-immunity-from-dethronement.html?tztc=1). Yet nobody paid attention until there was a change of government on 29th May, 2023.

 

“We have gone down memory lane for four reasons. One, so that we may be properly understood. Two, to raise awareness among Nigerian Muslims. Three, to show for how long MURIC has been preoccupied with the fate of Nigerian Muslims, particularly the leadership of the Sultan. Four, to bring the heads of Sokoto politicians, their lawmakers and the rest of Nigerian Muslims under the same thinking cap.

 

“There is need for us to synergize, re-engineer and re-strategise on the Sokoto affair. It is going to be a long struggle, not against the governor of Sokoto but against all the governors of the 36 states of Nigeria. We must not target the liberation of the sultanate alone. All Nigerian monarchs are under threat. We must carry the lawmakers and the Nigerian press along.

 

“To this end, MURIC remains assured of the outcome of a tripartite meeting arranged by an influential Islamic scholar from the North about two weeks ago. The meeting involved the Governor of Sokoto State, the scholar and the Director of MURIC. Though virtual, the meeting yielded one positive fruit, namely, a pledge by the governor not to depose the Sultan. We are already seeking ways of leveraging on this to open the doors of dialogue among major stakeholders.

 

“We therefore seek the cooperation of all interested parties. The unique position of the Sultan is yet to be understood by all. Neither does the city of Sokoto appreciate its princely status and highly favoured position as the seat of the caliphate. It is our hope that Sokoto continues to enjoy that special status but that depends on the progress or otherwise of the dialogue.”

 

“For now what we need in Sokoto is dialogue. The bill has been signed into law but law is made by men, not men by law. Again, we must remember that the law is an ass. It will always carry what is placed on it. Charles Dickens in his ‘Oliver Twist’ called the law ‘an ass, an idiot’ because the law, when applied too rigidly or too flexibly, can be blind to the realities on the ground.

 

“Therefore, signing Sokoto’s new bill into law cannot and should not be the end of the story. It is simply democracy at work. The sons of Sokoto made the law. The sons of Sokoto will apply it to favour Sokoto and to protect the dignity and integrity of Islam. This great city called Sokoto must continue to rise. The seat of the caliphate will not fall. The legacy of Uthman Bin Fudi lives forever.”

 

#LongLiveBinFudiDynasty

#LongLiveTheSultan

 

Professor Ishaq Akintola, 

Founder/Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).

 

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

LASUTH ‘DISCHARGES’ GIRL-CHILD AMPUTEE, MURIC FUMES

 

10th July, 2024


PRESS RELEASE:

LASUTH ‘DISCHARGES’ GIRL-CHILD AMPUTEE, MURIC FUMES

 

Naeemat Lasisi, the 13 years old victim of the collapsed mosque, was discharged by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital yesterday, Tuesday, 9th July, 2024. The discharge was against the wish of the parents. An Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has described the action as an eviction. The group said the manner of the discharge was cruel, callous and inconsiderate.

 

MURIC’s position was made known in a statement released on Wednesday, 10th July, 2024. The statement was signed by the group’s Founder and Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

 

He said:

 

“Naeemat Lasisi, the 13 years old victim of the mosque which collapsed in Mushin, Lagos State, was discharged by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital yesterday, Tuesday, 9th July, 2024, against the wish of her parents.

 

“This is not a ‘discharge’. It is an ejection. The poor girl was forcefully ‘discharged’ because her parents refused to play ball when the hospital authorities tried to manipulate a ‘press interview’ for reasons best known to them. The intention became clear when the girl was reminded at the start of the interview that she should respond to questions ‘as earlier instructed'. The threat to ‘discharge’ the girl began immediately after the foiled interview. The manner of this ‘discharge’ is cruel, callous and inconsiderate.

 

“LASUTH management has been furious since it became obvious that the planned interview had failed. But they have not told Nigerians the reason for organizing a press interview. Why would a government hospital arrange a press interview for a patient, particularly an underaged girl? It is child abuse.  

 

“Why also would the hospital management want to keep the contents of the interview secret to the extent that the Media Assistant to MURIC’s Executive Director who attended the interview, after being invited by the parents, was bundled out of the place, manhandled, detained for more than two hours and had his phone and MURIC identity card seized? What is responsible for such highhandedness? And why would the interview be so crucial that the girl-child patient would be kicked out of the hospital immediately afterwards.

 

“Our guess is that the purpose of the ‘arrangee’ interview was to counter revelations made by MURIC in its press statements. LASUTH was keen on changing the narrative and giving the false impression that our claims were incorrect.

 

“Although LASUTH claimed in its rejoinder that the decision to ‘discharge’ the girl was based on the request of ‘the headship of her school’, this is profoundly baseless, an afterthought and an escapist outlet. The girl started and concluded her WASC examinations inside the hospital and she has no more papers to take.

 

“How can the hospital management take the words of the headship of the girl’s school against that of her parents? This is a case of using a civil servant who is still in service as a cover. The parents vehemently opposed an early discharge particularly because the girl is also a sickle celler.

 

“The hospital management tried to play on public sentiment by claiming that ‘…all the goodwill, compassion and responsiveness of Mr. Governor, the Honourable Commissioner for Health and LASUTH management are being repaid in this mean manner…’

 

“LASUTH is simply playing to the gallery. The patient, Naeemat Lasisi and her parents are victims of government’s negligence. They would not have been in the hospital if the government's caterpillar had not pulled down the mosque at a time Muslims filled the mosque for prayer. Government must therefore take responsibility and a responsible government will not need to be told before owning up. 

 

“All those who witnessed the unfortunate incident blamed government’s excavator for the collapse. This includes the Honorary Secretary, Nigerian Institute of Building (NIOB), Lagos chapter, Gbaja-Biamila Mubarak, who visited the site and attributed the collapse of the mosque to ‘human error and wrong approach’ to road and drainage construction in the area. He expressed concern over the deployment of a mechanised approach to the construction, saying if the drainage had been executed manually, the mosque would not have been threatened. (https://www.premiumtimesng.com/health/health-news/711058-building-collapse-group-seeks-lagos-governors-intervention-for-13-year-old-victim.html).

 

“Mr. Oluwafemi Oke-Osanyintolu, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) said, 'Upon arrival at the scene at about 1.40 pm, a storey building at the site was found to have collapsed. Preliminary investigation carried out upon arrival at the scene revealed that an excavator clearing the road recklessly hit a mosque, which resulted in the collapse as prayer was about to collapse.' (https://guardian.ng/one-dies-others-injured-in-mushin-mosque-collapse/, The Guardian, May 27, 2024.

 

“The above assessment of a building expert and the testimonies, including that of the head of a Lagos government agency, are very vital to understanding the issue at stake and to put the blame where it should be. It is just too glaring. The expert said ‘human error’ and ‘wrong approach’ are to blame for the accident. But who is the ‘human’ who committed the error here?

 

“The word ‘human’ here can only mean Lagos State Government who directed the excavator to work on the road close to the mosque. Even the words ‘wrong approach’ can only mean LASG’s wrong approach or that of its engineers. LASG is vicariously responsible for what happened to the mosque and to the little girl. LASG must take responsibility and LASUTH is merely engaging in futile braggadocio that will collapse even in a customary court, the lowest in the land, like a pack of cards. What is also clear is that LASUTH is holding fort for LASG in this particular matter.

 

“It is therefore paradoxical, unfair and unjust for LASUTH management to continue blaming the parents of Naeemat Lasisi whose legs were amputated as a result of the accident caused by government's caterpillar for being ‘mean’ and ungrateful. It is absolutely wrong for them to accuse the girl's parents of ingratitude when in actual fact they are victims of government’s ineptitude and insensitivity. LASUTH and, by inference, LASG, are playing the victim’s card the conscienceless way.

 

“Government officials and, indeed, LASUTH management should stop seeing the citizens as recipients of their favour. We are taxpayers. Our hard-earned money built the government’s facilities including LASUTH. That statement from LASUTH sounded like its officials are claiming ownership of the place. They should come down from their high horse and exhibit the spirit of service to the public.

 

“Nigerians are not slaves of any government, talk less of that of a hospital. They voted for those in power and there can be no government without the people. This is the problem with some African governments and leaders. They fail to understand the concept of the social contract. It has manifested in the tone of the statement made by LASUTH.

 

"LASUTH management expects the parents to cringe, shiver and tremble in front of those who caused such humongous calamity in the life of their daughter. The last time we checked, LASUTH was still an arm of the Lagos State Government. It is an integral part of government. 

 

"Why, then, should the staff of LASUTH pour clangorous diatribes on Naeemat's

parents? Those who are responsible for calamity are now bullying the victim of the tragedy. It is a good reminder of conscienceless power subjugating powerless conscience. 

 

"Who pulled down the mosque in the first place? Who caused Naeemat's legs to be amputated? Naeemat did not have a car accident. She was not knocked down by a motorcyclist. A government excavator pulled down the mosque on her. For this, government must be held responsible. 

 

"We therefore want issues put in their right perspective. We will not allow LASUTH management to rewrite history its own way in order to exonerate the guilty party while an innocent girl-child and her parents are taken to the gallows. 

 

"As things stand, it appears that only the press, the Fourth Estate of the realm, can make Lagos State Government own up because it has refused to comment on the issue so far. We therefore call on the only powerful conscience remaining in the land to speak to conscienceless power in the language it understands. We appeal to the press to examine the issue objectively and interrogate the role of the government of Lagos State in the Naeemat affair. 

 

"LASUTH has turned the girl-child victim to a culprit fit for bashing on social and mainstream media. It has done this by insisting that the hospital was only doing the amputee girl-child a favour by treating her pro bono whereas the truth of the matter is that Lagos Government which LASUTH is part of was responsible for bringing down the mosque where the girl-child and others were praying. 

 

"In saner climes, a government whose equipment caused such havoc will apologize to the victims, take responsibility for their treatment, offer scholarship to the young victims and pay compensation to them. But LASG, in connivance with an arrogant LASUTH management, seeks to unjustly turn the narrative by turning the victims into culprits. Who did this to Nigeria? Why has our political culture and leadership style gone to the dogs? Where is our conscience? When did we discard our humanity?

 

“MURIC demands an apology from LASUTH, not for MURIC itself but for this innocent child, Naeemah and her parents, particularly for subjecting the trio to immense psychological trauma. We also demand that LASG must rebuild the mosque destroyed by its excavator. No attempt should be made to offer money to the mosque. What the Muslims want is a rebuilt mosque.

 

“The girl cried throughout Monday and Tuesday after realizing that she was going to be ‘discharged’ against the wish of her parents. It was also a pathetic scene yesterday as the poor parents struggled to get a vehicle that would convey her home.”

 

#LASUTH

#ApologiseToGirlChildAmputee

#BringBackOurMosque

 

Professor Ishaq Akintola, 

Founder/Executive Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).