Sunday, April 29, 2012


30th April 2012

Catholic church worshippers in a lecture hall in Bayero University,
Kano (BUK), were attacked by about six gunmen who threw bombs and
fired automatic rifles, causing pandemonium. About fifteen people have
been reported dead.

Coming on the heels of the bomb attack in Kaduna two days earlier
which left about six people dead, the attack inside Bayero University
is one too many. Once again, we of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
reiterate our unflinching condemnation of attacks on places of worship
and worshippers. Such attacks symbolize total disrespect for the
Supreme Creator and signpost an astounding manifestation of ignorance
about the ways of God.

MURIC believes that those responsible for this horrendous crime have
acted in contradistinction with the tenets of religion. There is
therefore an urgent need for Nigerians to review their understanding
of religion with a view to placing the latter in its proper
perspective. We charge school authorities to place high premium on the
study of religion.

The attack at BUK exposes the ineptitude of the Nigerian security
apparatus. This attack could have been prevented if those in charge
had been visionary and imaginative. We charge the security agencies to
be more alive to their responsibilities. Forward-looking protection
manouvres coupled with properly coordinated intelligence gathering
must be the focus of those in charge of our security. No loopholes
must be allowed. In particular, all places used for worshipping by
Christians in the North must be given full protection. In the same
vein, security agencies must be on guard in places of worship in the

We appeal to all stakeholders to exercise restraint. We urge the
perpetrators of these attacks to lay down their weapons and embrace
dialogue. For procrastinating on proposed talks with this violent
group, MURIC holds the Federal Government responsible for this
tragedy. Instead of listening to the voice of reason and creating an
atmosphere conducive to ceasefire and genuine dialogue, Government has
been threatening to eliminate Boko Haram 'before July'. The warning of
well-meaning Nigerians that force alone could not guarantee peace in
the present ugly situation was ignored. This official lackadaisical
attitude is as condemnable as the bombing itself. Why is government
wasting the lives of poor and innocent Nigerians?

MURIC charges the Jonathan administration to wake up from its deep
slumber before this country goes under. The Nigerian leadership needs
to understudy daily doses of dynamism being injected into certain
progressive states by the governors. Nigeria seems to have situated in
the centre what ought to have domiciled in a remote local government.
That is why nothing is working. We jog the conscience of the ruling
Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) to show interest in the security of
lives of ordinary Nigerians instead of seeking phantom secession in
faraway State of Oshun.

Professor Is-haq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Professor Is-haq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC),
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Be just. Justice is the soul of peace.
No one can deny one and have the other.
Neither can violence or naked force bring lasting peace.

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