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'
Thursday, May 1, 2014
2ND NYANYA BOMB BLAST: WE ARE ALL TO BLAME
2nd May, 2014
NYANYA BOMB BLAST: WE ARE ALL TO BLAME
Another bomb exploded in Nyanya, Abuja yesterday allegedly killing
ten people and injuring about a dozen others. The bomb was reportedly triggered
off from a white gulf car parked a few meters away from the scene of the first
bomb which occurred two weeks ago.
We are shocked beyond words not
only by the audacity of the perpetrators but also by the failure of our
security apparatus. The fact that this second explosion
occurred almost at the same spot with the first one accentuates the grave danger
facing Nigerians in the hands of terrorists and the seeming helplessness of the
The Muslim Rights Concern
(MURIC) strongly condemns this dastardly act. We are also constrained to
conclude that we are all to blame for the deteriorating security situation in
The Federal Government (FG) takes
the lion share of the blame for monopolizing the security agencies (police,
army, etc) without allowing state governments to create complementary outfits
contrary to international best practices. The same FG details too many security
agents around top government officials leaving too few to protect the jamaheer
But because security is a corporate responsibility, the citizenry
must share the rest of the blame. The police and other security agencies alone
cannot secure lives and properties.
Security is a joint enterprise.
The citizens must compliment the efforts of the security agencies with
readiness to provide information. They must also be on the tip-toes of
MURIC therefore charges every Nigerian citizen to take up his or her
own share of the responsibility. Terrorists are not ghosts. Henceforth,
unfamiliar faces who park vehicles in our neighbourhoods must be challenged whether
they try to leave the vehicle or remain seated therein. We must quickly inform
the police if they cannot give satisfactory explanation. The same applies to
strangers who attempt to abandon bags and baggages particularly in public
The security agencies must build confidence in the citizens to
ensure their cooperation. They must therefore roll out concrete and verifiable
facts to the public instead of figments of imagination and fabricated security
On its own part, FG must be more transparent, sensitive and
accountable. FG must be
willing to delegate some modicum of responsibility for the maintenance of
security to the states. It must take pragmatic steps towards accepting states as
partners in the crucial task of ensuring security.
Posterity will not forgive members
of the National Assembly and delegates in the ongoing national conference if
they turn deaf ears to the agitation for the creation of state police.