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, March 21, 2017
AKPABIO ON MAGU: ONUS OF DENIAL IS ON AKPABIO
22nd March, 2017
ON MAGU: ONUS OF DENIAL IS ON AKPABIO
The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, yesterday
reacted to a press statement issued by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) in
which the organization quoted him as saying that Magu wanted Senate to confirm
him so that he could use some of them for pepper soup. Senator Akpabio denied
making such a statement and challenged MURIC to provide evidence.
We aver that Akpabio missed the crux of our statement. This
would not have occurred if he had taken a good look at the semantics. Our
statement was crafted to indicate that we were quoting a third party. That was
why we used the adverb ‘allegedly said’ and the adjective ‘alleged utterance’. It
means we did not pretend to affirm the statement but left a window for the
Senator to either confirm or deny.
We reproduce the half
paragraph here for the avoidance of doubt, “A statement credited to Senator
Akpabio in which he allegedly said, “Magu wants us to confirm him so he can use
some of us for pepper soup” lends credence to our hypothesis. Akpabio’s alleged
utterance confirms our worst fears.”
To bring what people
feel or say about public officials to their attention is our duty and a priviledge,
to deny or confirm such statements or sentiments is the right of the public
official. We have used our priviledge. Senator Akpabio has exercised his right.
The onus is on Senator Akpabio to confirm or deny the
statement. He has chosen to deny it and we are satisfied because there is
nothing personal for us to pursue. Therefore, we will not press the issue of
the statement allegedly made by him any further.
What the Senator
cannot deny is that he has a case of graft before the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) or that he did not oppose the confirmation of Magu
during the screening in the red chamber on Thursday. We leave Nigerians to make
their own deductions regarding the rationale for the senator’s opposition of
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)