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'
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
SABOTAGE RETARDING NIGERIA’S PROGRESS
RETARDING NIGERIA’S PROGRESS
of President Muhammadu Buhari has been accused of low performance and delays in
the implementation of projects. It has also been blamed for the high level of
poverty in the country. Some critics have also insisted that the Buhari
administration has not brought about any change at all.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects
these allegations. Buhari’s critics are like bad fire fighters who turn
attention to the smoke instead of facing the fire. The more they fight the
smoke, the more the fire burns and the worse the destruction. They are hypocrites
and parasites, the more they look, the less they see.
cannot stand akimbo and watch Nigeria burn. We must address the real issues. In
the first place, this administration has good plans for Nigeria but saboteurs are
desperate to sabotage the plans. The main dramatis
personae in the camp of Judas is the present leadership of the National
Assembly who treacherously seized the mantle of power in the absence of others
and without the blessings of party leaders.
fact that corrupt and overambitious members of the ruling party conspired with
the leading opposition party to seize the reins of power in the legislative arm
confirms our contention that there was a grand conspiracy to sabotage efforts
at saving the Nigerian people from economic and political slavery.
It is this same clique that has constituted itself
into a bottle neck in the National Assembly (NASS). But for the saboteurs,
enabling laws for the creation of special courts for looters would have been
promulgated. The smooth running of administration has also been made difficult
by the attendant strain in the relationship between the executive and the
legislature. The long delay in the passage of the 2016 budget as well as the unnecessary
buck-passing and the ping-pong which characterized the exercise eloquently attest
to our contention.
Nigerians must open their eyes wider to
recognize the real enemies of the people. We have a president who is
universally recognized as a man of unparalleled integrity. But politicians who
have skeletons in their cupboards have hijacked the legislature. With the remote
control of the NASS in the hands of political caterpillars outside the hallowed
house, a diabolical bloc continues to strangulate our land.
hindsight, it has also become very glaring that ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s
concession of defeat was done in bad faith. He laid deadly landmines in the
path of his successor and clearing these traps has not only been Herculean but
also time-consuming. The current militancy in the Niger Delta is not an
accident. It was in ‘Plan B’.
saboteurs know that Buhari can get Nigeria out of the woods. Therefore they
plan to frustrate his efforts. The idea is to create an economic cul de sac arising from inability to
export oil. They expect this to make it impossible to execute projects which
Buhari promised Nigerians. They also expect it to worsen the level of poverty.
The next stage is to incite hungry Nigerians into an ‘uprising’ against the
Buhari administration and force his resignation or impeachment by an already
must reject this satanic plan. The jamaaheer
(masses) must be on alert. We must resist the temptation to vent our spleen on
the present administration. We must evolve a shock absorber system capable of
resisting the pangs of hunger and poverty. We must reengineer our societal
values and norms and renounce materialism, corruption, greed, avarice and waste.
We must say ‘No’ to political charlatans and eschew ethnicity, nepotism and
Contrary to the claim of critics,
Nigerians have witnessed lots of change since Buhari took over. For example,
corruption is no longer celebrated, hitherto sacred cows now spend months in
detention, leakages are being blocked, money-sucking government agencies have
become money-spinners, states have been able to identify thousands of ghost
workers thereby saving billions of naira, ministers no longer engage in
frivolous expenditures and flambouyance, etc. It is only the blind and the
mischievious who will pretend not to see all these.
conclusion, MURIC reminds Nigerians that they should blame saboteurs for
Nigeria’s present predicament. Buhari deserves encomiums for his steadfastness
and high sense of discipline. We call on religious leaders to direct their
followers to work for the progress of this country. We charge church clerics
and Imams to pray fervently for the success of the Buhari administration, for
peace and prosperity.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)