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, August 9, 2017
ALL-CHRISTIAN BORNO COMMISSION OF INQUIRY LACKS CREDIBILITY
ALL-CHRISTIAN BORNO COMMISSION OF
INQUIRY LACKS CREDIBILITY
The Federal Government recently set up a Judicial Commission
of Inquiry to investigate the Nigerian Military and it's
compliance with the rules of engagement in the war against the insurgency in the
Members of the seven-man Commission include Hon. Justice Biobele A. Georgewill (Chairman), Major-General Patrick Akem, Mr.
Wale Fapohunda, Mrs. Hauwa Ibrahim, Mr. Jibrin Ibrahim, Mrs. Ifeoma Nwakama and
the Representative of the office of the National Security Adviser.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is constrained to bring the concerns of
stakeholders in the sub-region to the attention of the Federal Government (FG).
For a Commission whose terms of reference are of great significance with wide
implications, its credibility is now at stake as the question of an exclusive
and all-Christian membership is being raised. This is likely to affect the
prospects of a fair, impartial and objective fact-finding exercise.
being alleged that those who bear Muslim names among the members are
non-Muslims. Jibrin Ibrahim is allegedly a Christian from Kano State. Hauwa Ibrahim who
is from Gombe reportedly abandoned Islam a long time ago. He is married to an
Italian and works with Harvard’s School of Divinity.
of indigenes of the North East from membership of the Commission is another bone
of contention. There is no single person from Adamawa, Borno or Yobe among the
members. Yet these are the major stakeholders. Who feels it knows it. John
cannot be taking panadol when Mustapha is the one who has headache.
The indigenes are the main victims of the insurgency. The
fact that they speak the local languages and
understand the various cultures and may be conversant with the history, trends
and events as they unfolded should have qualified them for membership more than
Is there a hidden
agenda? Is something about to be swept under the carpet? The Nigerian Army is
known for setting up probe panels to investigate itself and, expectedly, to
vindicate itself and all its actions in the final findings. Is FG preparing the
ground for a padded report?
MURIC demands a review of the membership of the
Judicial Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate the activities of the
Nigerian Army in the North East insurgency. It is natural to nurse suspicions
concerning a body established to investigate Muslim communities which excludes
Muslims from its membership. Neither can the indigenes be expected to be
comfortable or to repose confidence in a Commission in which they are not
To round up, an
experienced Muslim judge ought to have been made chairman of the commission
while another Muslim should also serve as a member. It is definitely not too
much to have at least two Muslims in a Commission whose membership is seven and
whose area of operation is a predominantly Muslim territory.
Can anyone imagine
the uproar that would be generated if an all-Muslim Commission is set up to
investigate an issue based in the South-East, South-South or South-West? FG
must always consider these factors in sensitive appointments and assignments.
This is the way to make a multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)