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'
Sunday, October 16, 2016
ASSAULT ON FEMALE MUSLIM CANDIDATE: MURIC SEEKS RELIEF
ASSAULT ON FEMALE MUSLIM CANDIDATE:
MURIC SEEKS RELIEF
An unidentified female supervisor of WAEC assaulted a
female Muslim candidate at Egan Grammar School, Igando, Lagos State while
candidates were taking biology on Friday, 2nd September, 2016
between 9.30 am and 12 noon.
Although the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) reported the
case at the human rights desk of the Igando Police Station and its press
statement on the matter, dated 5th September, 2016, was given wide
media publicity, the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) is yet to take
palpable action on the issue.
While we are aware that the examination body visited the
examination center and interviewed the victim, 16 years old Khadijat Eniola
Anisere, nothing has been heard of the case six weeks after. Our demand for “a public statement from WAEC on the
supervisor’s identity and the official reprimand failing which WAEC should
blame itself for the reaction of Muslims” has been largely ignored.
Federal Ministry of Education and the general public should note this
insensitivity on the part of WAEC. It is those who provoke Muslims by their
arbitrary and oppressive actions that cause religious crisis. Yet people turn
round to blame the Muslims who are the real victims of first instance.
Aristotelian cause-effect theory avers that every little action must have a
reaction. Muslims are very sober and highly disciplined people but it is
natural that they react when they are oppressed. Most incidents of religious
violence in Nigeria can be traced to one act of provocation or the other.
Religious riots are ordinary smoke and there can never be smoke without fire.
The fire which often causes religious riot is either provocation, persecution
or outright denial of Allah-given fundamental human rights.
unprovoked and unwarranted assault on Khadijat falls under two of the above
categories, namely: provocation and persecution. Instead of going to the
streets in public demonstration, MURIC took civilized steps. We reported the
matter to the police and issued a public statement to draw WAEC’s attention to
the bizarre and barbaric action of its supervisor but WAEC is yet to do the
is noteworthy that the assault on Khadijat was not the first of its kind on
Muslim children. In fact it is common in the South West but we are determined
to make this a deterrent. The assault on Khadijat constitutes child abuse
because she is just 16. She wept profusely after the hijab was violently yanked
from her head. She also wept steadily throughout the interview conducted by
WAEC officials who visited the center after the assault was published by the
is a shame that this assault is being ignored by human rights groups and
feminist associations at a time when the world is paying so much attention to
the plight of the girl child. Are we to assume that these groups are not
interested simply because the victim is a Muslim girl and the culprit a
non-Muslim? Is it not high time we stopped paying selective and parochial
interest of peace, justice and equity, therefore, MURIC is demanding the
following reliefs from WAEC before the announcement of the results of the
examination in question:
1.a public apology from WAEC for vicarious liability;
2.that WAEC identifies the culprit and bans her from
participating in similar exercise in future;
3.that WAEC gives the candidate an opportunity to retake
the paper in which the candidate was assaulted, disturbed and distracted now
that the result has not been released and
4.that WAEC issues a warning to its permanent and ad hoc staff to desist from assaulting,
intimidating or stigmatizing Muslim candidates in future.
MURIC does not issue threats. We dialogue instead of going
violent. We also believe that legal action is civilized action in a democracy.
It is an extension of dialogue where subtle persuasion fails. Therefore, WAEC
may hear from our lawyers if it fails to comply with the reliefs being sought.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)