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'
Saturday, February 4, 2017
TUFACE RALLY: A RALLY FOR ANOTHER FERRARI
5th February, 2017
TUFACE RALLY: A RALLY FOR ANOTHER
Renowned musician, Innocent
Ujah Idibia, aka Tuface Idibia, has reportedly called off a protest he was organizing
against the Buhari-led administration. The protest which was earlier billed for
6th February, 2017, was called off early today. Tuface allegedly
hinged the call-off on security concerns.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects Tuface’s cancelled
protest and any other planned rally against the Buhari administration on
grounds of immorality, irrationality and bad timing.Such planned rallies can only
spring from bad faith, malice, greed and avarice. It is inexplicable to protest
against a good government.
If Tuface has truly called
off his planned rally, what happens to his partners in anger? What happens to
some civil society groups that have identified with his rally? Are they also
backing out or going ahead. Tuface merely cited security concerns but said
nothing about his accomplices. He made no appeal to them to stay action. What
of the governor who vowed to join Tuface in the protest?
Whether they are backing off or not, the fact is that the
proposed rally is immoral because there is ample evidence that Tuface had
benefitted from the financial impropriety of the immediate past administration.
Is it true or not that Tuface wedding in Dubai was
bankrolled by Governor Godswill Akpabio? Is it true that the same governor gave
Tuface two SUV cars? Is it also true that the governor sponsored twenty nine
(29) people from Akwa Ibom to accompany Tuface to the wedding? Is it equally
true that a leading senator from the opposition party bought a Ferrari worth
N47 million naira for Tuface?
If the answers to the
above questions are positive, then Nigerians are being taken for a ride. Tuface
has benefitted immensely from the immediate past but recklessly corrupt
government and the proposed protest is nothing but a payback. We can trace
Tuface’s anger to the fact that the source of free and easy money has dried up.
The fact that a state governor who is seldom rational has shown interest in
Tuface’s rally reveals where Tuface is coming from.
The proposed rally is
irrational because there is palpable change already. For instance, it is no
longer business as usual for corrupt public officials. The Buhari
administration is holding people accountable. Leakages are being plugged. Loots
are being recovered. Government is no longer spending recklessly.
We admit that times are very hard for Nigerians but the
present administration cannot be blamed for Nigeria’s current economic woes. It
was caused by the past administration. Have Nigerians forgotten how ex-President
Goodluck Jonathan encouraged the stealing of public funds? Have we forgotten
his lackadaisical attitude to corruption? Jonathan’s landmark declaration that ‘stealing
is not corruption’ is still fresh in our memory.
The fall in the price
of crude oil from $110.48 to as low as $27.57 immediately Buhari took over also
worsened the economy. Neither did the sponsored sabotage of oil pipes help
rally is also badly timed. It is being mentored by impatient godfathers. The
allies of Tuface should rescind their decision to join him. Neither should they
proceed now that he has put his protest vehicle in the reverse gear. This
administration made it clear to Nigerians that it met an empty treasury and
that it would take some time for the economy to come afloat. It is not up to
two years that the Buhari regime came on board. Why can’t we be patient?
A nation in recession needs time to recover. Records have
shown that recessions usually last at least three years, not less. It may be
more, depending on its management. The worldwide recession of 1930 lasted till
1933. That of 1973 lasted till 1976. There were two others from 1979 to 1983
and from 1990 to 1993. The ricochets of the economic meltdown of 2008 are still
being felt in some European countries like Greece and Italy.
But there is hope for
Nigerians because whereas the immediate past administration lacked
accountability and rollicked with shady characters, the present Federal
Government under President Muhammadu Buhari is enthroning financial prudence
and good governance. The price of crude oil is also rising steadily and stands
at $53.83 as at yesterday. Oil has also been found in commercial quantity
outside its troubled traditional enclave.
protest is therefore a protest against good governance, a protest against
virtue, a protest against transparency, probity and accountability. It doesn’t really
add up. Only those who benefitted from the corrupt enrichment of the past and
those who want corruption to continue ad infinitum can join such a
In conclusion, MURIC appeals
to Nigerians to be patient with the Buhari administration and to massively
boycott any rally by Tuface or any of his allies. It is a rally for another
Ferrari. No more no less. Only irrational people protest against a good
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)