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'
Sunday, September 17, 2017
IPOB ATTACK ON HAUSA & YORUBA MOSQUE: ARMY SHOULD PROTECT MUSLIMS IN THE SOUTH EAST
WORLD PRESS RELEASE:
IPOB ATTACK ON HAUSA & YORUBA MOSQUE: ARMY SHOULD PROTECT MUSLIMS IN
THE SOUTH EAST
Terrorists of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) shot
five innocent Hausa men dead at an Hausa settlement near the popular Abraka
Market in Asaba, Delta State, on Friday, 15th September, 2017.
Scores of others were injured. In another attack, an irate IPOB mob attacked
the Yoruba Mosque in Umuahia, Abia State. The marauding hoodlums destroyed the
mosque, tore copies of the Glorious Qur’an and defecated inside the mosque.
Some Yoruba Muslims caught up in the mayhem were manhandled and robbed of their
laptops and handsets.
Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns these attacks. It is wicked, cowardly,
unjustifiable and psychopathically sadistic.
It is well known that most Northerners who live in the South
East and South West are poor citizens who engage in menial works like
shoe-mending, shoe-shining, gate-keepers, etc. What crime has this poor and
innocent class committed to warrant such a deadly attack? They are neither
politicians nor civil servants.
asserts that these gruesome attacks are a direct product of hate speeches
delivered by Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the proscribed terrorist group, IPOB.
Kanu has allegedly berated Yoruba ‘bastards’ and their leaders and pronounced
the death sentence on every Nigerian living in the ‘Nigerian zoo’. It is not
surprising, therefore, that IPOB terrorists have started killing innocent Hausa
people and attacking Yoruba mosques. Objective and pragmatic leaders of thought
in the South East should prevail on Kanu and IPOB members to stop their
terrorist activities henceforth.
We are irked by the silence of Yoruba leaders on IPOB’s
attack on the Yoruba mosque. Are Yoruba Muslims no longer part of the Yoruba
nation? Are they not the majority group in the South West? Are the elitist
Yoruba leaders still bent on marginalizing the majority Yorubas in their midst
just because the Muslims are not vocal?
MURIC demands proper prosecution of the two IPOB members
arrested in connection with the terrorist act. We implore the Delta Police
Command to fish out their accomplices. The law must take its due course.
We task IPOB apologists, particularly constitutional lawyers
who are trying hard to fault the Nigerian Army’s declaration of IPOB as a
terrorist organization, to tell the world the correct name for a group which
sprays innocent and unarmed citizens with bullets without stealing anything
from them. What do you call a group that razes down police stations and kills
the police at will? Any group which engages in threats and violence to call
attention to its cause is a terrorist group. No more, no less.
Today was born from the wombs of yesterday. It is on record
that IPOB threatened President Buhari when he wanted to visit Enugu. They said
that he should not set his feet on Igboland. That threat has become a reference
point by legally minded people. To avoid a clash and the likely loss of lives,
the president sent his vice, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. No country in the world
takes threat to the life of its president lightly.
According to Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions, anyone who
parades a private army has become an enemy combatant. No military worth its
salt will stomach that. We also remind apologists that human rights lose its numero
uno status once national security is under threat (ref Dokubo-Asari V.
Federal Republic of Nigeria 2007 ALL FWLR PT 375 588). We therefore plead with
separatist ideologues to desist from misleading the people.
MURIC is not averse to the idea of any group demanding its rights, we will not
take kindly to attacks on Muslims and our places of worship. We do not issue
threats. Neither do we engage in violence. Our motto is ‘Dialogue, Not
Violence’ and we will stick to our pacifist vow to the end. But we will not
hesitate to seek redress for any act of aggression committed against Muslims.
All legitimate options are on the table. We will pursue those who oppress and
persecute Muslims to the highest court in the world.
the Nigerian Army not only for responding swiftly to the threat against the
territorial integrity of the Nigerian nation but also for conducting itself
professionally. No army in the world will tolerate hoodlums blocking its
movement on a public road and pelting it with stones like IPOB members did.
Those calling for the withdrawal of the army from Abia State are not being realistic.
It is another ploy for IPOB to dig in, kill all Hausas and Yorubas and make it
impossible for the army to return except at the commencement of full-blown war.
We don’t want any war. All we want is peace. The army did a good job by
intervening at the right time.
It is clear that the police cannot handle IPOB. Even the
IPOB leader claimed that they already have weapons. We all saw video clips
showing how members of IPOB harassed and taunted policemen. What did the
apologists do at that time? Did they call IPOB to order? Any withdrawal by the
military at this point in time will endanger the lives of innocent
We appeal to the international community to avail itself
with video clips containing hate speeches of the leader of IPOB before rushing
to judgement. Hate speeches by Nnamdi Kanu has started taking effect. IPOB has
started killing Muslims. Our mosques are being attacked and desecrated. Kanu
himself is on the run. But he can only run, he cannot hide.
We appeal to Muslims in and outside the South East
sub-region not to take the law into their hands. Two wrongs do not make a
right. We advise disgruntled groups to channel their grievances through their
state governors. The Federal Government should, as a matter of urgency, set up
a commission to dialogue with such groups. However, we reject the idea of a
meeting between President Buhari and the IPOB leader as this will bestow a
false illusion of officialdom and encourage lawlessness among other groups. Idolisation
of criminality in itself is a crime.
final shot, we affirm that every Nigerian has the right to live and work
anywhere in the country. We therefore appeal to the military to remain palpably
visible in the South East until all threats to peace and orderliness have been
brought under control. This is necessary in order to protect the lives and
properties of minority groups.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)