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'
Monday, June 30, 2014
ATTACK ON CHURCHES: CONTRADICTS SPIRIT OF RAMADAN
30th June, 2014
ATTACK ON CHURCHES CONTRADICTS SPIRIT OF
Boko Haram insurgents yesterday ravaged three churches in villages near
Chibok killing about 30 people. The villages attacked included Kautikari, Nasarawa,
Gwaradina and Kwadake.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
strongly denounces this attack. Coming on the second day of the Ramadan
fasting, we are constrained to conclude that this attack is an infringement on
the rules of Ramadan which requires Muslims to pursue a robust spiritual
programme involving supplications, glorification of Allah and enlightenment
during the holy month.
Here lies further proof that Boko Haram is Haram. For whereas Islam
teaches the halting of hostilities in Ramadan, Boko Haram chooses the same
Ramadan to kill with reckless abandon; while Islam teaches the pursuance of
education by both sexes from childhood to old age, Boko Haram forbids education
for the girl-child; while Islam teaches peaceful coexistence, Boko Haram
pursues a barbaric agenda of killing and maiming.
MURIC charges the Nigerian authorities to demonstrate commitment to the
war against insurgents. We expect Nigerian soldiers to have studied the tactics
adopted by the insurgents by now and to have evolved ways and means of
truncating their gimmicks.
At the same time, the Federal
Government must start considering a round-table with the insurgents. This is a group that
cannot build but it is capable of destroying. Wise counsel dictates that the
Federal Government must stoop to conquer. Too many lives are lost on daily
basis. The authorities should find ways of placating Boko Haram soonest in
order to bring peace to the North East.
There are offers on ground for
this initiative. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo recently revealed that he
was in contact with the insurgents but FG’s reaction to his offer was cold. A
lawyer who is allegedly close to the group, Hajiya Aisha Wakil, reported last
week that Boko Haram was seeking amnesty and that the group was ready to swap
the 219 girls with 70 Boko Haram detainees. We are yet to hear any reaction
The ball is in President Jonathan’s court. We charge the president to be
more proactive in these matters. Nigerians are waiting to hear his response to
the offers on ground. It is escapist to claim that Obasanjo knows how to see
the president. There are things FG can facilitate in such circumstances.
Nigerians are not fools.
We are very eager to see peace returning to the North East, the president’s
North East, because the whole country is Mr. President’s constituency. Fire in
the North East is therefore fire on the president’s roof.