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'
Monday, July 24, 2017
APC RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE LIST IS LOPSIDED
24th July 2017
RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE LIST IS LOPSIDED
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)