Thursday, August 27, 2015
INFORMAL AGREEMENT REACHED ON WAEC EXAM TIMETABLE
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) wishes to inform all Muslim brothers and sisters, particularly all Muslim candidates who are preparing for the November/December 2015 GCE examination that informal negotiation has taken place between MURIC and the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) through a Muslim leader who is close to WAEC officials.
We have been assured that the papers scheduled for 2 pm to 4 pm on Fridays will be delayed till 3 pm before starting.
MURIC accepts this assurance in good faith and considers the outcome of the mediation as an agreement between men and women of honour. We also believe that future examination timetables will avoid this controversy.
WAEC is a respected public institution whose integrity we do not wish to impugn. It has served all groups for decades and we all wish to see the institution growing from strength to strength. We appreciate the mature approach which resulted in the latest resolution of the timetable crisis and wish to continue the cordial relationship between WAEC and Nigerian Muslims now and in future.
Islam frowns upon belligerence, violence and acts of terror. In particular, the Qur’an says “… If they (the other party) inclines towards peace, you too must accept settlement (and stop all acts of hostility Qur’an 8:61) and trust in Allah…”
We therefore call upon all our members nationwide, our respected Muslim leaders and all Islamic organizations to accept this agreement, to calm down and to cooperate with WAEC officials as they carry out their legitimate duties.
Allah loves the righteous, those who control their anger and those who forgive others (Qur’an 3:134). Let us all be good ambassadors of Islam. Let us promote peace. Let us join hands with the Federal and State Governments in ensuring peace and harmony.
Thank you all for your solidarity. Allah bless you. Allah bless Nigeria.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)