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, October 31, 2014
WITHDRAWAL OF TAMBUWAL'S SECURITY DETAILS
1st November, 2014
WITHDRAWAL OF TAMBUWAL’S SECURITY AIDES:
JONATHAN IS NOT THINKING OF NIGERIA
The security details of Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the
House of Representatives, were removed on Thursday 30th October,
2014. Justifying the action, the Nigerian Police claimed that by defecting to
the opposition party, the Speaker was in breach of Section 68(1)(g) of the 1999
constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
This is a lame and untenable excuse. Even a child knows that the
action was not taken independently by the police. The latter merely followed
orders from above. By this action, Allah-Given fundamental human right of the
Speaker has been bridged. The Nigerian authorities have demonstrated severally that they are
incapable of providing a level playing field for the ruling party and the
Otherwise let them tell Nigerians what happened to Governor
Mimiko when he defected just a few days ago to the ruling party? Was his
security aides withdrawn? Wasn’t the Inspector General of Police aware of
Mimiko’s defection? What about the travails of Governor Rotimi Amaechi whose
security details were withdrawn earlier?
Can the authorities explain what has happened to Tambuwal’s
security men? Where are they now? Has the Nigerian Police dispatched them to a
new ‘Speaker’ appointed by the police? Is the IG aware of the implications of
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns this
action. It is capable of plunging the nation into deeper crisis than it is
right now. It was a thoughtless, unwise and irrational action.The departure of ambassadors is a
prelude to war. A former Minister of Justice was assassinated after his police
details allegedly ‘went for lunch’.
MURIC invites President Jonathan to sober reflection. Posterity is bound to judge his actions
and inactions. It is unthinkable for Mr. President to allow the withdrawal of
the security details of a sitting Speaker in a country plagued by terrorism. It
means anything can happen to the Speaker. The buck stops at President Jonathan’s
table. Nigerians must therefore hold the president responsible for anything
that happens to Hon. Tambuwal.
It is clear from all indications that President Jonathan is
not thinking of Nigeria at all. All he is thinking of is how to secure a second
term. The grave security situation in the North East means nothing to Mr.
President. Men are falling in battle in Mubi, Adamawa State. As at yesterday, Mararraban
Pella Junction has become a military cantonment of sorts for Nigeria’s gallant
Children below the age of five who have lost contact with
their parents are competing with adults in running towards Pella on their way
to Yola. Thousands are trekking. Their feet are swollen. They are hungry and
thirsty but there is neither food nor water.
Yet our president is not thinking of this human catastrophe of
monumental proportion. He is keen on creating more security problems. Can we
imagine what will happen next if terrorists kidnap Tambuwal? Every Nigerian heard Asari Dokubo when he
threatened to go violent with Alhaji Lai Muhammed, spokesperson of the
opposition. Yet nobody called him to order. Was the police deaf at the time? Was Aso
Rock taking a nap at the time?
By allowing such open threats to go unpunished and
uninvestigated, the security agencies have exposed not only their ineptitude
but their partisanship.
Nigeria is getting worse under President Jonathan. His
kinsmen can do anything and get away with it, a la Animal Farm. President
Jonathan, the Chief Law Officer of Nigeria, is encouraging lawlessness. The man
who swore to defend the unity of Nigeria is dividing Nigeria.
MURIC advises the Nigerian Police to tow the path of
professionalism and neutrality. It is the only way they can render service with
dignity. We charge the IG to immediately and unconditionally restore the security
details of Hon. Aminu Tambuwal. He remains the Speaker until he leaves office.
We advise the honourable members of the House of Representatives
to think first of this country before taking any action on this and other
issues. We call on
President Jonathan to allow due process in the subject-matter. The principle of
separation of power must be respected and the president must avoid wielding
insolent and despotic power.
Nigeria is presently at the precipice of political hurly bully. Any
attempt by the president to use the Deputy Speaker or the security agents to
railroad the House of Representatives into taking illegal actions is likely to
plunge this country into the abyss of political crisis.
Shaykh Uthman Bin Fudi (Uthman Dan Fodio) once opined that “In
an unjust society, silence is a crime”.MURIC therefore invites members of the civil society and all men
and women of good conscience to speak up. According to Martin Luther, "Injustice
anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
If they can do this to the fourth most powerful man in the land
and get away with it, there is no hope for the man in the street. J. F. Kennedy
once warned that the rights of every man “are diminished when the rights of one
man are trampled.”