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'
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
VOTE OUT CORRUPTION IN 2019
VOTE OUT CORRUPTION IN 2019
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently
announced Saturday, February 16th 2019 as the date for the 2019
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commends INEC for being
proactive. This announcement came early enough to alert all stakeholders to the
need for early preparations.
this opportunity to remind Nigerian youths to ensure that they get their voters’
cards as soon as possible. However, we believe that the earlier they get the
cards, the better in order to avoid the rush usually associated with late
registration. We advance the same advice to other Nigerians who, for one reason
or another, have no voters’ cards.
We note with deep concern that Nigerian youths who are most
likely to feel the impact of bad governance more than any other segment in
society are often lackadaisical about voting. Yet there is no other globally recognized
way of changing a bad system or entrenching a good one besides going through the
Nigerians that corruption has been the major barrier that stands between them
and higher living standards. Although the present administration is tackling
this social cankerworm headlong, some corrupt politicians occupying sensitive
positions have been blocking its efforts. The only way to ease out these corrupt
politicians is to become active participants in the electoral process. We
therefore urge all Nigerians to get their voters cards in order to vote out
corruption in 2019.
Nigerian youths must exercise their franchise and refuse to
be used as thugs who will unleash violence on innocent Nigerians. We charge
parents, particularly women, to counsel their children properly and to ensure
that they are not hoodwinked by political charlatans.
In addition, we invite the electorate to avoid self-disenfranchisement.
This is likely to happen if they sell their voters’ cards. Whoever sells his
voters’ card has sold his destiny for a pot of porridge. Nigerians must beware
of ‘stomach infrastructure’ politicians who will come to them with a plate of
rice. Why should we mortgage the next four years (2019 – 2023) for a paltry
N500 or a plate of fufu? Nigerians must beware of stomach
infrastructure offered only during election time. It will only prolong suffering
for another four years. We must vote for credible candidates in order to banish
According to Martin
Luther King Jnr,"Those who love peace must learn to plan effectively as those who
love war." Nigerian security agencies and other stakeholders must work hard to
make 2019 general elections violence-free. Kidnapping of candidates, snatching
of ballot boxes, launching physical attacks on voters, etc are acts capable of
marring elections. Only a free and fair election can lead to good governance
and lift Nigeria to the club of democratically mature nations.
As we round up, we remind Nigerians of the wise words of
George Orwell that, “People that elect corrupt
politicians, impostors, thieves and traitors are not victims … but accomplices”. We therefore plead with Nigerians
to be fully prepared to send corrupt and selfish politicians packing. The only
way to do this is to ensure that we do not only register for the 2019 general
elections but we also jealously protect our voters’ cards and put them to
effective use at the right time. Corrupt politicians become presidents, governors,
senators, etc because good Nigerians fail to vote.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)