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'
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
CAN LIED: BUHARI IS NOT RUNNING AN ISLAMIC GOVERNMENT
CAN LIED: BUHARI IS NOT RUNNING AN
The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN)
and four other affiliated Christian unions yesterday accused President
Muhammadu Buhari of running the country as a Muslim organization and neglecting
the entire Christian faith. The other four Christian groups are Arewa
Christians Association,Concerned Professional Christians, All Para-Church
Organizations and Nigerian Christians in Diaspora.
Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects this allegation. It is baseless, reckless, false
and malicious. There is no iota of truth in CAN’s claims. It exists only in the
figment of the writers’ imagination.
Contrary to CAN’s claim, both Christian and Islamic studies
are available in public schools in the North unlike the South where every
school has teachers of Christian studies but lacks teachers of Islamic studies.
The South West case is even pathetic. Teachers of Islamic Studies are hardly
employed and they are deliberately and treacherously diverted to teach other
subjects. The aim behind this is to render them useless for Islamic Studies.
Some school principals even refuse to allow teachers of Arabic and Islamic
studies to teach what they are employed for. Many state schools’ boards have
been pocketed by CAN for the purpose of eliminating Arabic and Islamic Studies
from the South West, including Edo State.
amusing that CAN on one hand claims to be praying for President Muhammadu
Buhari’s recovery yet on the other hand it accuses the Federal Government of
lying about his health status. Is that what will facilitate the acceptance of
the prayer? CAN is blowing hot and cold at the same time. We advise CAN to come
out in the open and show its true colour. The Christian body should stop
intimidating FG. To be ill is human, to heal divine.
CAN’s complaint about Nigeria’s participation in the Islamic
solidarity football game is still the old song and it fits CAN’s main objective,
namely, to isolate Nigerian Muslims from their counterparts in other parts of
the world. Football and all games generally are known for their ability to unify
humanity under one love. If CAN would have its way, Nigerian Muslims would not
be allowed to perform hajj. It was the same complaint over Shari‘ah, Islamic
bank, etc. When will CAN live and let live?
As professional lobbyists, we are not surprised that CAN is
demanding Christian replacements (as if it is a right) for the suspended
Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal and
the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ayo Oke. This is
primordial sentiment. Is it religious affiliation that will benefit Nigerians
or competence and integrity?
CAN also complained that no Christian has been minister of
the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) since 1999. We will like to place this
claim in its proper perspective. CAN has deliberately restricted its claim to 1999
for its parochial agenda. We must ask CAN what happened from the beginning?
Out of the nine
ministers in office as FCT ministers from 1976 to 1999, six were Christians and
the Muslims did not complain. Ex-President Obasanjo who picked Ibrahim Bunu,
Muhammed Abba Gana and Nasir El-Rufai as ministers of the FCT from 1999 to 2007
was not a Muslim. So why should Buhari be crucified for that? Bala Muhammed was
FCT minister from 2010 to 2015 under Goodluck Jonathan. How can anyone blame
the Muslims for this? Afterall Jonathan is yet to announce his conversion to
CAN must stop misinforming Nigerians. Several factors
determine the allocation of positions in politics. We therefore advise YOWICAN
to make proper enquiries on issues like this before issuing public statements. YOWICAN
also needs to brush up its knowledge of the Bible. “You will know the truth and
the truth shall set you free” is not in John 3:38 as listed in its statement. It
is in John 8:32. In fact there is no John 3:38. Chapter 3 of the Book of John
ends at verse 36.
It amounts to blackmail and arm-twisting to accuse Buhari
of running Nigeria like an Islamic organization. But Nigerians are wiser today
than in yesteryears. They no longer yield to blackmail like before and they
will only respect claims based on informed opinion.
To round up, MURIC advises YOWICAN
to grow up, to dismiss its infantile propensities and think first of Nigeria. Instead
of raising false alarm on a daily basis, we urge CAN to join hands with its
Muslim neighbours in building a virile economy, a stable polity and a peaceful
nation. We should make less noise. We envision for Nigerians a land full of
opportunities where no Christian or Muslim shall be denied the right to work or
worship anywhere he or she chooses. We must stop sacrificing excellence on the
altar of mediocrity. The parameter should not be religion. It should be
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)