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'
Sunday, July 7, 2013
7th July, 2013
RAMADAN MESSAGE: TIME TO PUT AN END TO SUFFERING
Muslims all over the world will commence fasting either on Tuesday or Wednesday depending on the day the moon is sighted. In Nigeria, the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has issued a statement to this effect. Muslims observe fasting from dawn to dusk throughout the month of Ramadan. The rigorous exercise lasts 30 or 29 days.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) reminds Nigerians of the main purpose of Ramadan fast, namely, to refill man's cup of piety. To this end, we call attention to signposts of piety and the effect it can have on the Nigerian body polity.
Whereas the founders of the Nigerian nation neither amassed wealth nor did they misappropriate public funds, the leaders of today sleep on beds of gold with public funds starched inside their pillow-cases. Whereas Alhaji Ahmadu Bello, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and Chief Obafemi Awolowo are not known to have stolen one kobo, Nigerian politicians of today have the noun 'thief' and the verb 'to steal'.
Today the Nigerian proletariat is overworked, underpaid and overtaxed. Workers' take-home pays cannot take them home. The price of food items have skyrocketed. Hundreds now sleep under the bridge. Most Nigerian hospitals are sheer public mortuaries. The education sector is in crisis. Power supply remains epileptic.
MURIC appeals to Nigerian leaders to seize the opportunity of the Ramadan period to change their ways. Ramadan offers the opportunity for sober reflections. This is the time for leaders to adopt altruism. Nigeria's proverbial milk and honey belongs to the working class and to those who have toiled for this nation, namely, the retirees. It is also the period for the citizenry to look inwards and show remorse. Nigerians must change their mindset. We must rise again to promote those values that are capable of turning our country around: honesty, transparency, accountability, diligence, tolerance, forgiveness and love.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), 234-818-211-9714