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, March 28, 2016
BUHARI’S APOLOGY: A STRONG TRAIT OF DEMOCRACY
APOLOGY FOR DISSOLVING GOVERNING COUNCILS: A STRONG TRAIT OF DEMOCRACY
Buhari (PMB) last week apologized for dissolving the governing councils of some
universities. The dissolution which occurred about two months ago was
criticized by many on the basis of illegality as the tenure of some of the
councils had not expired.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) lauds PMB’s
decision to eat the humble pie. It is a strong indication that the new
administration is determined to tow the path of democracy.
This apology is
quite significant as cynics had insisted during the 2015 presidential campaign
that PMB planned to return with the same military dictatorship that he was
known when he served as military head of state between 1983 and 1985. PMB has
proved critics wrong with this apology.
MURIC urges all government officials at Federal,
state and local government levels to emulate this democratic feature in PMB’s
administration. Impunity and arrogance in matters of public concern ignite
tension among citizens and stoke the fires of rebellion whereas humility and
transparency repose confidence in government and encourage the people to
support government’s policies.
The Glorious Qur’an
warns against insolence, “Swell not thy cheek at the people. Nor walk
arrogantly on earth; for Allah does not love the arrogant boaster. Be moderate
in your pace, lower your voice; for certainly the harshest sound is the braying
of the ass” (Qur’an 31:18 – 19)
This advocacy for
humility in office can benefit Nigerians from all walks of life: from directors
of agencies to school administrators; from directors in ministries to heads of
departments; from large scale entrepreneurs to small scale company directors;
from the ordinary class teacher to the university lecturer and from the artisan
to the husband at home.
We must all learn
to be humble. We must know when to say ‘sorry’. Humility in the leadership is
an essential ingredient for smooth administration, industrial harmony and higher
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)