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, August 24, 2017
MURIC LAUDS WITHDRAWAL OF QUIT NOTICE TO IGBO
MURIC LAUDS WITHDRAWAL OF QUIT
NOTICE TO IGBO
The quit notice given to Igbos living in Northern Nigeria
by the coalition of Northern youths under the banner of the Arewa Youth Consultative
Forum (AYCF) was temporarily vacated yesterday.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) lauds the
temporary withdrawal and commends the leaders of AYCF for listening to appeals
made by stakeholders.
We urge other separatist groups to reciprocate by backing
down on their aggressive stance and mellowing down their language of
We see an urgent need for tension to be doused in
order to allow peace to reign. Nigeria is not the only country populated by
various ethnic groups. Europe, Asia, North and South America as well as other
African countries have their own shares of ethnic enclaves but they are being civilized,
accommodating and generous with it. Again, apart from Biafra which is seeking to
secede, there are many other groups on the African continent demanding separation.
Examples are Bubi from Equatorial Guinea, Lunda-Tchokwe
from Angola, Mombassa from Kenya, Ambazonia from Cameroon and Western Sahara
from Morocco. We must not allow anger and bitterness to set in here when others
are adopting diplomacy and maturity to resolve their differences.
While the Nigerian authorities must not allow the
nation to degenerate into the Hobbesian state of nature, we contend that the
idea of a totally egalitarian society as pontificated by certain pressure
groups is Utopian. We therefore caution against extreme positions on both sides
in the interest of peace. Perceived imbalance can only be addressed gradually
and methodically and not in a fire-brigade manner otherwise it will be
On a last note, we appeal to the various separatist groups
to eschew hate speech and abuses. Qur’an 49:11 warns against the use of mockery,
sarcasm and outright abuse by one tribe against another. Again, Qur’an 49:13
affirms that no single tribe or group of people is better than the other while
Muhammad (SAW) the Prophet of Peace posited that mankind is all one. “You are
all from Adam and Adam was created from dust. Therefore you are all equal”,
Prophet Muhammad maintained.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)