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'
Thursday, May 25, 2017
MURIC REPLIES CONTROVERSIAL BRITISH LAWMAKER: PRESIDENT’S HEALTH IS NIGERIA’S INTERNAL AFFAIR, STOP YOUR COUNTRY FROM SITTING ON NIGERIA’S MONEY
MURIC REPLIES CONTROVERSIAL BRITISH
LAWMAKER: PRESIDENT’S HEALTH IS NIGERIA’S INTERNAL AFFAIR, STOP YOUR COUNTRY
FROM SITTING ON NIGERIA’S MONEY
ex-British parliamentarian, Eric Stuart Joyce, who earlier claimed that
President Muhammadu Buhari is dead, has urged Nigerians to ask questions about
President Buhari's health. Joyce said in a democracy, Nigerians should not be kept
in the dark about the president's health.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) thanks Mr. Joyce for his
advice. We agree that satisfying the electorate’s curiousity engenders robust
debate in a democracy. But that is only ceteris paribus. There are other more important
factors which may determine whether or not it is advisable to disclose the
president’s health. Ours is a democracy of voodoo, death-wish, bolekaja,
kleptocracy, ethnic jingoism and religious fanaticism. This is contrary to what
obtains in free democracies like Britain and the United States.
While we may want to stop short of asking Mr. Joyce to
desist from interfering in Nigeria’s internal affairs, we are constrained to
seize the opportunity of his interest in our country to plead with him to
divert his interest to the billions of sterlingpounds siphoned from Nigeria’s shores to British banks and other
investment sources in England.
It must interest Mr.
Joyce that the British economy is being propped up with money stolen from
Nigeria. We are urging the ex-parliamentarian to use his connections particularly
among his friends who are still in parliament. Nothing stops the ex-lawmaker
from issuing a public statement to compel the British government to repartriate
money stolen from this country.
MURIC contends that
Britain and the rest of Europe, particularly Switzerland which operates secret
bank account system thereby shielding thieves from exposure and subsequent
prosecution are aiding and abetting corruption in the Third World. The looters
of our common wealth would not have succeeded without the existence of such
Mr. Joyce will agree with
MURIC that countries where stolen money is kept is an accessory after the fact.
Again, countries that benefit in any way from the proceeds of stolen money have
a burden of morality on their conscience. But is Mr. Joyce ready to help free
Britain from its moral burden?
In conclusion, we
assert that the ball is in Mr. Joyce court. Whether to give the issue of
Nigeria’s stolen money in British banks (oiling British economy) the same
publicity as he gave the president’s health remain to be seen in the next few
days. Joyce may want to use his influence in the House of Commons (where we
believe he must still have many friends) to stir up a debate on the need to repartriate
Nigeria’s stolen money. This will be more honourable than stirring up needless
controversy on the Nigerian president’s health.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)