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'
Friday, June 20, 2014
CAN LIED ABOUT MARGINALISATION OF MUSLIMS
1st June, 2014
LIED ABOUT MARGINALISATION OF MUSLIMS
CHRISTIANS under the aegis of TEKAN/ECWA, a branch of the
Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have denied claims of marginalization by
Muslims. In a statement released yesterday, the National Head of TEKAN/ECWA bloc
of CAN, Rev. (Dr.) Emmanuel
Dziggau accused Sultan Abubakar III of hiding the truth.
We of the Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) find CAN’s vituperations distasteful, disgusting and provocative. It is most unfortunate that a religious leader will take to
whipping up sentiments instead of facing facts as they stand. There must be an
anti-Muslim conspiracy at the highest level if Muslims speak of marginalization
in Nigeria and a Christian body stands up to defend the Federal Government.
The world has become a global village and the rest of the world
is keenly watching the unfolding scenario in the country. People are not fools
and simple logic will reveal the hypocrisy of CAN in this matter. Why should CAN respond each time the
Muslims complain to the government? When did CAN become Aso Rock’s megaphone?
For the avoidance of doubts, the present Sultan is the most
moderate, most peace-loving and most accommodating leader the Muslims ever had.
The Sultan has consistently advocated dialogue instead of spontaneous violence.
He has always counseled Islamic organizations to report their grudges to
Nigeria’s umbrella Islamic organization, the Nigerian Supreme Council for
Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) and to refrain from aggressive disposition. It is
therefore callous and deceitful of CAN to turn around and accuse a
bridge-builder like Sultan Abubakar III of heating up the polity.
Can CAN tell us how well the
South East governments have treated the Muslims in their midst? Igbo Muslims
are treated like second class citizens in the South-East. Plots of land
belonging to Islamic organizations are commandeered by state governments in the
South-East. They are denied certificates of occupancy for legally acquired
landed property. Muslim pilgrim boards are not allowed to operate freely in the
South-East. Mosques are demolished in higher institutions in the region. We
challenge CAN to deny these acts of oppression being perpetrated against Muslim
minorities in the South-East.
CAN should stop shedding crocodile tears. What has been CAN’s
response to various publications of facts and figures of lopsided appointments
in ministries and parastatals, recruitments into military and police formations?
Why is the government silent over such sensitive issues?
Can CAN deny the fact that
there are only 189 Muslims out of the 492 delegates in the ongoing national
conference? These are hard facts that eyes
can see. The delegates are still there. What did President Jonathan do to
address the complaint of Muslims on the lopsidedness in the national
conference? He promised to review the
situation when a Muslim delegation went to complain in Aso Rock. What has he
done almost two months after the visit?
Both CAN and President Jonathan must remember that today was
born from the wombs of yesterday. Former president Olusegun Obasanjo is a Christian. He ruled Nigeria for
eight good years (1999 – 2007) but Nigerian Muslims did not experience such
open injustice. The situation of Muslims in the country today can be
likened to what former British Prime Minister, Chamberlain, described as five
evils: brute force, bad faith, injustice, oppression and persecution. The
Muslims may have no voice today but posterity certainly has a voice and a very
vocal one too.
History will judge presidents
who fail to uphold justice. Neither will posterity forgive religious leaders
who encourage perfidy and partiality.
MURIC calls the attention of the international community to the Federal
Government’s deliberate marginalization of Muslims in Nigeria. It is a
calculated attempt to debilitate Muslim communities economically and
politically. This Draconian
policy stands in contradistinction with international best practices in good
governance. It is needless to say that it is the latter which can
guarantee peace, harmony and stability.