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'
The Emir of Tsafe in Zamfara State,
Alhaji Habibu Aliyu, died yesterday after a brief illness. He was 62 years old.
He has since been buried according to Islamic rites.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commiserates
with the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council
for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Governor AbdulAziz
Yari of Zamfara State, Tsafe Emirate and the entire Muslim community in
May Almighty Allah forgive the late Emir
and repose his soul in Aljannah firdaus. May Allah also grant the family the fortitude
to bear the loss.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), at its fifth regular joint National
Working Committee (NWC) held on Wednesday 19th July, 2017 set up a committee to
articulate the party’s notion on restructuring.
A statement signed by the
National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, revealed
the names of those in the nine-member committee which is under the chairmanship
of the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.
They are the Governor
of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje,
Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, former Governor of Edo State,
Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, APC National Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso,
APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi and Senator Olubunmi
Adetunmbi as secretary.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is greatly dissatisfied
with the membership of this very important committee.
Our disappointment stems from the exclusiveness of the
list. Where are the proponents of restructuring in the committee? They are not
there. Can APC shave a man’s head in his absence? Objectivity demands that at
least one or two people from the South East where the call for restructuring and
self-determination is loudest should be there. We can understand if PDP
governors from the South East are excluded but at least a state chairman of the
APC from the sub-region should have been picked.
MURIC demands a review
of the membership of the committee before its first sitting in the interest of
transparency and objectivity. We appeal to agitators who feel genuinely
aggrieved to pursue the path of dialogue. The emergence of the ruling party’s restructuring
committee is a strong signal that hope is on the way.
Finally, we affirm
that although setting up the committee in the first place portrays the ruling
party as a listening political body, the recent agitations which created
tension in the country calls for cautious, objective and patriotic appraisal.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
Some supporters of the All Progressive
Congress (APC) staged a protest in Lagos yesterday to demand the expulsion of
the National Legal Adviser of the party, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN). The demand was
premised on the latter’s recent condemnation of the imposition of candidates in
the coming local government election in Lagos State.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) regards the protest as a dangerous precedent.As victims of a 16-year pillaging
of the common wealth of the Nigerian people by the former ruling party, the
People’s Democratic Party (PDP), we are concerned that such internal wrangling
is likely to open a window of opportunity for the PDP and its army of greedy,
selfish and overtly corrupt politicians to stage a comeback.
It is natural for innocent onlookers
who are watching the unfolding scenario to start feeling unsafe. Corruption
drove Nigeria to the pitiable economic condition in which it found itself today
and the PDP should be blamed for the country’s present woes. The present
administration’s headlong attack on corrupt elements in the country gave hope
to the masses but crisis in APC is beginning to becloud this sense of security
moreso since the war against corruption is far from being over as new
challenges rear their ugly heads on a daily basis.
APC leaders should
borrow a leaf from its recent loss in Osun
senatorial election where victory was snatched by opportunists whose major
credential is dancing on their fathers’ grave. Charles Darwin’s wise words come
in handy in these circumstances: “It is not the
strongest of the species or the most intelligent that survives. It is the one
most adaptable to change”
By calling for
adherence to democratic principles as entrenched in the party’s constitution
and demanding a stop to the imposition of candidates, Banire was merely performing
his duty as the party’s legal adviser. The call for expulsion is therefore
arbitrary. It should be ignored in the interest of the party and that of the
Nigerian people at large.
We advise APC leadership at the national level to immediately
set its reconciliation machinery in motion and to up its internal democracy
game. At the local level, the leaders are advised to stoop to conquer. They
should remember that the hawks are waiting by the ringside. We appeal to all
stakeholders to sheath their swords in the interest of Nigeria. There is also
no need to feel slighted as this will not diminish an inch from the greatness
of the founding fathers of the party.
Banire represents the
new generation politician and any attempt to expel him for defending noble
principles of democracy will send the wrong signals to up and coming generation
of politicians. While Banire may have fallen foul
of Woodrow Wilson’s advice that, “If you want to make enemies, try to change
something”, APC leadership should be wary of ignoring Hegel’s warning that
history always repeats itself and Karl Marx’s rejoinder that the first
repetition of history is a tragedy and the second, a farce.
We further advice that
APC leadership should not see Banire as an enemy. Neither should it frown at
his exposure of certain autocratic propensities within the party. Former
President Goodluck Jonathan learnt too late that it is better to listen to
complaints coming from within and he paid dearly for it.
According to Aristotle in his Analytics, “Opposition is true friendship. The man who tells you that you have a
stinking rear is your friend. He is only drawing attention to your bodily filth
and asking you to do something about it. He is better than a sycophant who says
you can always come out of the sewage tank and smell roses!”
a last note, we affirm that we are not interested in any political party. Our
concern springs from genuine fear for a return to unbridled kleptomania,
reckless spending and free descent into corruption without tears in Nigeria.
MURIC’s advocacy is party-blind, ethnically neutral and religiously liberal. We
are middle-roaders and social jihadists seeking food for hungry Nigerians,
healing for the sick, clothing apparels for the naked and shelter for the
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
WHO IS AFRAID OF RETIRED CHRISTIAN
Some retired military generals and Christian
elders under the aegis of the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) declared
on Thursday in Abuja that Nigeria was being Islamised. The retired generals included
Theophilus Danjuma, Joshua Dogonyaro and Zamani Lekwot while Elder Solomon
Asemota, Elder Moses Ihonde, Elder Shyngle Wigwe and Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife
were among the elders.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) totally rejects this
allegation. It is false, baseless, deceptive, malicious and provocative.
Using Christian and
Islamic studies (CRK and IRK) which are in the current school curriculum as a
launching pad for its tirades on Muslims in the country stands logic on its
head because both Christian and Muslim leaders asked the Federal Government
under ex-President Jonathan to make the two subjects compulsory for students
who belong to their respective faiths.
However, we are not
surprised at this latest development because Christian leaders are simply
behaving to type. They have always been shouting wolves where there is none.
Warnings against the ‘Islamisation’ of Nigeria is now an old song and nobody is
interested any longer. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and its
attack megaphones like NCEF are adept at subterfuge and their false alarms
usually come after they might have committed an evil act. It is diversionary
Come to think of it. Why is the new
false alarm coming just after the bloody massacre of an entire Fulani Muslim
population in Taraba State? NCEF feels frustrated that its plot to Christianise
Muslim children by using the old deceptive curriculum failed when government
introduced a policy which grants religious freedom to all. What is wrong if
government makes Christian Religious Knowledge compulsory
for Christian students while Islamic Religious Knowledge is also made compulsory
for Muslim students? How on earth does that translate to Islamising Nigeria?
NCEF is shouting blue murder because CAN’s plot of catching
Muslim children as ‘fishes’ through a deceptive curriculum has been floored. It
is a cardinal dogma of CAN that any child who lacks Christian moral training must end up as a
social outcast and a burden on society. They therefore seek to compel Muslim
children to take CRK and deny them the chance to study IRK. There is no
gainsaying the fact that researchers have long agreed that the colonial master
and later its ‘beloved son’ (CAN) used Western education as a tool of forceful
conversion of Muslim children.
We must also call the attention of the Federal and State
ministries of education to another grand plot of CAN which has been in
operation for long. Teachers of IRK are being cleverly diverted to teach other
subjects. Senior officials in the Ministry of Education who are Christians are
made to compromise their positions. They conspire with CAN to neutralize
teachers trained for IRK.
These teachers are not
allowed to teach IRK when employed. They are threatened with dismissal and
offered alternative subjects to secure their source of daily bread. Thus CAN
creates scarcity of IRK teachers by diverting experts in the field to other
subjects. On the other hand, Christian graduates of any subject under the sky
are given juicy offers to drop their core areas to teach CRK. This is how our
cunny neighbours who are now alleging Islamisation create scarcity by diversion
for IRK but ensure proliferation by the same diversion for CRK parri passu.
Our claims are verifiable and we charge the Federal
Ministry of Education in particular and the state ministries of education in
the South West to launch an investigation into this. Many graduates of Islamic
Studies who have been forcefully diverted to teach other subjects are ready to
come forward. Those clamouring for restructuring have something interesting
here. CAN has created a rot in the ministries of education all over the country
and restructuring must start from there.
Besides, what is this idea of using former military
generals to intimidate the country in an issue involving religion? When last
did Muslims use their own generals to make noise? Must we flex military muscle over
a civil matter? Why the emphasis on a statement “issued by retired military
generals and Christian leaders”? Are the generals there to represent the
Nigerian Army? To make what point? Who did this to CAN? The reference to war by
the group is an admission that they are already making secret plans to wage war
on Muslims. It must also be noted that the names of the army generals involved have
been linked with one crisis or another in the past and this is the danger.
Otherwise why the
assemblage of Christian war veterans in the form of army generals and why the
need for the emphasis on the military elements in the group? Why do Christian leaders always mobilize their
army generals? This attitude is suggestive of subtle intimidation and coercion.
Is there any connection between this surreptitious union and the South African
money-for-arms scandal which involved an aircraft belonging to Ayo Oritsejafor,
former CAN president? Also, can any sane mind rationalize the involvement of Dr.
Chukwuemeka Ezeife in this group? How does he fit in for crying out loud? So
how Northern is the Northern Christian Elders Forum?
We declare clearly, categorically and unequivocally that
Nigerian Muslims are not in any way moved by this subtle threat. Who is afraid
of the Northern Christian Elders Forum? Count Nigerian Muslims out. We get the
message but we dismiss it as the usual ranting of incorrigibly belligerent
neighbours. Our avowed role in this country as tutored by our leaders is to
work for peace, to pray for progress and to search for the stability of the
Instead of utilizing
precious times on hard work that will put bread on the tables of Nigerians, CAN
leadership has misled Nigerian Christians into superfluous religiousity,
leading to a situation where a large proportion of the Nigerian population
spends 17 hours daily searching for an ever elusive and perpetually fictitious
Every Christian civil
servant or businessman in Nigeria today is being indoctrinated and made to
believe that not only must he become a pastor, he must also own a church, a
situation which has led to unbearable noise pollution as churches spring up in
the most unlikely places: tiny 2 x 2 shops with huge signboards and gargantuan
loud speakers. Yet morality continues to sink to a very low ebb.
MURIC charges the
Nigerian military to caution its retired Christian generals. They must desist
from brandishing their expired medals in our faces. Something has gone terribly
wrong with their pre-retirement briefings. We appeal to CAN to allow Nigerians
to work together as compatriots and without religious bias. Only thus can we
forge a truly genuine nation where rewards for citizens are based on potentials
and performance rather than affiliation to a church, a mosque or a tribe. Allow
merit to be the deciding factor.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)