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'
Friday, May 19, 2017
NO TO MILITARY COUP
19th May, 2017
NO TO MILITARY COUP
of a possible military coup were rife recently and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant
General Tukur Buratai issued a warning to soldiers suspected of fraternizing
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) joins
millions of well-meaning and patriotic citizens and groups in the country to
reject any military intervention. The idea is archaic, nauseating and
is an open secret that advanced democracies of the world have an allergy for
rule has therefore become unfashionable. Any military coup now will only turn
Nigeria to a pariah state. The coup leaders will fail to get the support of
foreign countries and this will definitely affect the ordinary citizen in the
long run. Worse still, it may attract embargoes from Western countries.
What did we gain from military rule
in the past? Apart from the short but corrective military regime of the duo of
Buhari and Idiagbon, all other military juntas were a colossal waste. The
military wasted over $40 billion between 1966 and 1999. They institutionalized
corruption. The worst part is that the military cannot be held accountable as
there are no checks and balances in military rule. They turned the educational
system upside down. For example, Nigerian universities were shut down for six
months under General Babangida (rtd).
rights abuses were prevalent in the military era and activists like Chief Gani
Fawehinmi and Dr. Beko Ransome Kuti spent long periods in detention without
trial. Free speech is an aberration under military rule. The Nigerian press was
therefore a major victim of the past military rulers in Nigeria. We contend,
therefore, that every day of military rule is an eternity of tyranny.
In view of the integrity test
passed by the General Muhammadu Buhari administration and the ongoing war
against corruption, nothing can warrant a coup unless some disgruntled elements
in the army want to bring back the days of unbridled corrupt practices. Only
corrupt soldiers can attempt to topple a president of proven integrity.
abhors military rule. The Glorious Qur’an specifically recommends government by
Shurah system, i.e. by consultation (Qur’an 3:159 and 42:38).
Military coup is an aberration in
Islamic political thought. This is why Muslim political ideologues including
Al-Jahiz the Mu’tazilite and Al-Ghazali opposed military rule. Military rule
has no place in Al-Farabi’s al-Madinat al-Fadilah (The Good City) and Ibn
Sina’s Ideal State. To cap the democratic edifice of Islam, Al-Mawardi contends
in his Al-Ahkam Al-Sultaniyyah (i.e. Principles of Governance) that only a duly
elected Imam (i.e. leader) should rule.
the foregoing, it is only logical to conclude that military coup is haram.Therefore, any attempt to establish a military regime is an invitation to
the wrath of Allah. We therefore advise the military to remain in the barracks
where they truly belong, to eschew politically motivated temptations and to
remain submissive to civilian authority.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)