Sunday, October 4, 2015


20th September, 2015


Nigerian Muslims will mark 2015 Idul Kabiir on Thursday 24th September, 2015. The dreaded militant group, Boko Haram, in its characteristic manner, is likely to be planning to strike in a few places. The group will like to do this even if it is only to make a point, namely, that it has not been completely wiped out. It must be noted that the group is known for launching major attacks during festivals like Christmas and Salah.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commends the efforts of the Nigerian military and the progress made so far in its battle with the Boko Haram militants. However, we alert Nigerian troops to the guerilla tactics of the group and the likelihood of attacks during this Salah.  

We therefore charge the military to be more aggressive in its campaign. All arms of the security agencies are urged to carry out pre-emptive strikes, searches and arrests in all known hideouts of the fanatical group.  

MURIC pays special tribute to the Nigerian Air Force whose deadly trikes have given our ground troops the necessary cover to advance on Boko Haram enclaves. We laud the effective use of intelligence gathering which has led to the arrests of the food and fuel suppliers of these rebellious subjects. In the same vein, we salute the new military leadership whose vision has been dynamic and whose zeal has been unmitigated.  

President Muhammadu Buhari deserves our accolades in view of the official vigour which he brought into the campaign since he was sworn in on May 29, 2015. His visits to the United States, France and neighbouring countries and his rapport with leaders of those countries have yielded positive results. Chad, Niger and Cameroon where the hoodlums used to hide after committing atrocities in Nigeria have all become unsafe for them as a result of Buhari's regional shuttle diplomacy.

We urge the security agencies to declare Red Alert during this festival so that Nigerians may enjoy a violence-free Salah. Nonetheless, the security agencies must not concentrate on the protection of mosques alone. All places of worship must be watched while the exercise should continue until Christmas period.  

In conclusion, MURIC appeals to all Nigerians to heighten their security consciousness particularly during the fast approaching Idul Kabiir. Suspicious persons should be reported to security agencies while vigilance must be maintained in public places like markets, hospitals and schools.  

Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

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