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'
President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday
announced a huge increase in the salary of the Nigerian Police. The increase
affects all policemen from the highest to the lowest rank.
Meanwhile the Muslim Rights Concern
(MURIC) has hailed the president for taking this action. In a press statement
issued on Thursday 29th November, 2018, the human rights organization
said it welcomed the decision with great pleasure.
“It is a new dawn. President Buhari
has energized our police. This is the kind of motivation the police needs. The
increase which is said to be about 300% above the former salary will address
the country’s security challenge and substantially reduce bribery and
corruption in the system.
“It is the greatest motivation ever
received by the Nigerian police. Nigerians have been blaming the police wrongly
for sometime now. But MURIC has been consistent in analyzing the situation very
objectively. We have always placed the blame on lack of motivation, poor salary
structure, lack of welfare and poor equipment.
commend Buhari for listening to our cries. This is a listening leader. No
administration in the history of this country has done so much for the police
department. When Buhari assumed office, the police force had just 317,000 men
watching over a population of more than 220 million when the global best
practice as recommended by the United Nations is one policeman to every 500
the spate of three years, he has increased police population to 334,000. He
first approved the recruitment of 10,000 about two years ago and another 6,000
not long after that. There is no iota of doubt that Buhari will do more if he
is given another four years in power.
“If we compare his performance to
that of his predecessors we will find a huge difference. In 2002, the Federal
Government (FG) promised to recruit 40,000 policemen annually. That promise
remained on paper till today. Although Buhari did not make any promise to the
police during the 2015 electioneering campaigns, he has come up with surprise
packages for them.
The release which was signed by the
director and founder of the group, Professor Ishaq Akintola, took up President
“The wailers may still not see change in this development. We respect
constructive criticism but we find it difficult to understand blind and
fanatical doubting Thomases. Perpetual wailers have failed to see Buhari’s home
grown school feeding programme which has accommodated over nine million children
across twenty two states. They have ignored FG’s trader-moni which gives direct
empowerment to market women across the country. They have turned the blind eye
at N-Power volunteer corps which employs 500,000 Nigerian graduates.
there is more. The Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) gives N5,000 monthly to the
extremely poor. In the Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme, a soft
loan scheme targets 1.6 million women, traders, artisans, small businesses and
youths. Under the scheme, soft loans of between N10,000 and N100,000 is given
to these categories of people without interest with a repayment period of three
months to six months and administration cost of 5 per cent by the Bank of
“It appears that Buhari’s Social intervention
programmes (SIPs) annoy wailers because Buhari is sharing money to the poor
masses directly instead of putting it in the private pockets of politicians.
This was the practice during the sixteen years of pillage. But change is here.
It is no longer business as usual. The tap from which money was flowing into
the buckets of politicians has been turned off courtesy of BVN and Treasury
Single Account (TSA). Stealing is now corruption.
“Wailers are on their own if they
still cannot appreciate this administration. Objectivity demands that one shows
respect even for the enemy when the latter achieves an extraordinary feat.
Buhari recognized June 12 but instead of admitting the giant stride, wailers
said it was politics. They said he was buying votes with the welfare
“FG is building the second Niger
Bridge which previous administrations have failed to attend to despite
humongous allocations earmarked for the project. That project which will cost N210
billion is 50% complete. Lagos-Ibadan rail line which is gulping $1.4 billion
is 80% complete. Nigerians are being shown pictures and video clips of the
progress of these projects yet wailers are yelling. We have no doubt that
wailers will still complain even if Buhari constructs Macadam roads to their
bedrooms. Wailers are haters.
are waiting to see how the spoilsports in the National Assembly (NASS) will
frustrate this good move. We want to see how increase in police salary will be
ambushed. It is in the character of some politicians to spoil the good work of
government so as to make the president unpopular, with the hope that this will
enhance their own inordinate ambition of seizing the reins of power.
“But Nigerians are not fools. They
know those who are causing distraction. They know those who are overambitious.
They know those who want to rule by hook or by crook. But above all, Almighty
Allah is waiting for those who plot against the Nigerian people, ‘Verily your
Lord lies in wait’ (Qur’an 89:14 Inna
“Just yesterday Buhari reduced JAMB
and NECO examination fees from N5,000 to N3,500 in order to make it easier for
children of the poor to register for those crucial examinations. These and
other welfarist innovations of this administration further cement our
conviction that Buhari cares.
as we appreciate President Buhari’s great contributions to growth particularly
the new police salary structure, we must ask for more, just like Oliver Twist.
The police still needs better equipment. Every policeman should have a
walkie-talkie and a pistol stuck in his belt. Patrol cars should come at one
for every two policemen. We also call for improved welfare like life insurance scheme
for the police.
MURIC also commended the Police
Service Commission. “We appreciate the Police Service Commission under the able
leadership of Alhaji Musiliu Smith. We can feel the commision’s contribution in
the recent development.
“We call on the police to remember the
old aphorism that to whom much is given, much is expected. They should
reciprocate with the speed of light. We are in a season of change. Nigerians
“In our closing remarks, we urge
President Buhari to march on with the change mantra. He should ignore all
distractions and face the good work that he is doing. We, the patriotic
citizens of Nigeria who voted for change have seen the change. We salute Buhari’s
doggedness. For the umpteenth time, we declare that Buhari deserves a second term”.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
Ahmadiyyah Muslims held a massive
protest in Ado Ekiti penultimate Saturday, 17th November, 2018
against ex-governor Ayodele Fayose. The group, under the leadership of Mr. Bashiru
Alawode, accused the former governor of forcefully acquiring its land to build
a petrol station for his own son.
According to the group, an
Ahmadiyyah mosque was built on the land since the early 40s but they decided to
demolish it recently because it was built with old moulded blocks. The group
maintained that the intention was to put up a modern mosque to replace the old
one but Fayose seized the land in the interregnum and started building a petrol
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
has added its voice to the controversy. The Islamic human rights group
described Fayose’s action as tyrannical, totalitarian and immoral. MURIC
registered its intervention in a press release signed by its director and founder,
Professor Ishaq Akintola on Tuesday, 27th November, 2018.
action is shameful. He is a political misnomer and an unmitigated disaster. He has
proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is an oppressor without borders. How can
a whole sitting governor confiscate a piece of land belonging to the Muslim
community for personal use? This is oppression of the highest order. Fayose is
a selfish demagogue, a political charlatan and a skullduggery primus inter
is a man who pretended that he was a friend of the Ekiti masses. He rode okada
in public. He ate roasted corn by the roadside all in an effort to deceive the
people that he belonged to the hoi polloi. But the wind has blown now and we
have seen the ruff of the hen. Fayose is a shenanigan nulli secundus. Napoleon
Bonaparte was right when he said ‘Men are led by toys’.
“Fayose must return Muslim land. Any
land on which a mosque is built is Allah’s land. Seizing that land was
audacious in the first place and by that action the former governor has only
confirmed that he has no fear of God. This man needs to repent or he will face
“He has also proved his pathological
hatred for Muslims by commandeering their piece of land. We have always said
that Fayose is a Muslim hater. Are we not vindicated now? Why should he seize
mosque land of all the landed properties in Ekiti State? Why Muslim land? The
same Fayose went on a demolition spree of mosques in the state when he was
governor. The same Fayose refused to give Muslims in the state any political
appointment. He was widely known for his extremely lopsided political appointments:
an all-Christian cabinet and all-Christian board members and chairmen. It was
impunity ad infinitum. Fayose has left a pitiable legacy of endogamy.
“Muslims in Ekiti State must realize
that rights are never given on a platter of gold. You struggle for it. Dare to
struggle, dare to win. There is no gain without pain. No people ever overcome their
downpressors without struggle. American blacks went through that experience. South
Africans regained their land through struggle.
travails and eventual victory of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Martin
Luther King Jnr, Nelson Mandela, Haile Selassie, Thomas Sankara, Patrice
Lumumba, Agostinho Neto, Samora Machel and other icons of civil liberty, black
struggle and African revolution bear eloquent testimonies to this assertion. Ekiti
Muslims must therefore rise as one to give Fayose sleepless nights. The
demonstration which started last week must not stop although it must always be
must visit Fayose’s private residence in Ado Ekiti with placards on a regular
basis particularly on Fridays. They must march on Fayose’s house straight from
the Jum’ah prayer on Fridays. Taunt Fayose with Bandiri drums. Let Alasalatu
women surround his house chanting Islamic ditties (waka). Occupy his street
until he surrenders the land. They must repeat the same thing every Salah day
as they return from Id al-Fitr and Id al-Kabiir prayers. Like Macbeth, Fayose
has murdered sleep. He shall sleep no more. Our people say ‘he who steals a
poor man’s chicken has offended the most garrulous story-teller’”.
MURIC appealed to the current
governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to intervene in the matter.
“The current governor is a gentleman
to the core. We are appealing to him for redress and we hope he will placate
Ekiti Muslims, not only on the matter of Ahmadiyyah land seized by the tyrant
but also on the issue of political appointments”.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
Boko Haram terrorists on Monday, 19th
November, 2018, overran the 157 Task Force Battalion at Metele Village in
Guzamala Local Government Area of Borno State. About seventy Nigerian soldiers allegedly
lost their lives during the encounter. The high death toll has already caught
the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari who summoned top brass in the
Nigerian military command to review the situation..
Reacting to the high death toll on
the soldiers’ side, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) expressed consternation,
dismay and shock. MURIC’s reaction was contained in a press statement released
on Monday, 26th November, 2018. The statement was signed by the
group’s director and founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
is audacious, benumbing and preposterous. We are nonplussed. This is a national
tragedy of no little proportion. We join millions of other patriotic Nigerians
to mourn these fallen heroes. Our hearts go to those gallant soldiers who paid
the supreme sacrifice for their country in active service. We ask Nigerians to
pray for them and their families. We also implore our religious leaders to
organize special prayers for total victory over the insurgents.
“But we must not spend all the time
on our mats and knees praying. We must, in the spirit of ora et labora,
work more and pray less because it is our handiwork that Allah will crown with
glory. Allah himself confirmed this position when He said, ‘Tell them to work
and Allah will see (i.e. He will reward you for) your work…’ (Glorious Qur’an
question that arises here is how much work did we do? How well did we prepare
for the insurgents? There are allegations that neglect and sabotage caused the
Metele fiasco. Soldiers in that axis reportedly complained of poor weaponry but
nothing was done about it.
are therefore demanding a probe of events which led to the overrunning of
Metele and the merciless killing of Nigerian soldiers by Boko Haram insurgents.
“MURIC recalls a similar situation
in 2014 when 54 Nigerian soldiers complained to their commander that their
weapons were too poor to confront better equipped Boko Haram fighters. They had
earlier lost 23 men and four officers due to poor equipment when they advanced
on Damboa on 9th July, 2014. This made them to demand better
supplies but they were rounded up instead. They were consequently tried and
sentenced to death but this was later commuted to ten years imprisonment. They
are still in jail as we speak.
kind of people are we? Why must those who work for us suffer unnecessary
hardship on account of the services they render? Why must soldiers who are
defending our territorial integrity be punished unjustly? Those 54 soldiers
would have been slaughtered like rams in 2014 if they had not raised objection
and refused an illegal order. Their refusal to march on insurgents with bare
hands created the awareness of the existence of massive fraud in the army. Why
must they still be in jail today? MURIC therefore calls for presidential pardon
for the 54 soldiers. They should be treated as whistle-blowers and heroes for
MURIC also descended
on Western powers for delaying the supply of sophisticated weapons to Nigeria
and for playing tortuous politics with the issue. “We are bemused that strange
conditionalities are pushed forward each time the issue of supplying better
weapons to Nigeria in its fight against terrorism is raised before Western
countries. They raise baseless issues of human rights and tie remote incidents
to the supply. Those countries are not behaving like friends at all.
“But what moral right do we have to blame outsiders when
Nigerian lawmakers are the country’s worst enemies? They have never displayed
any unity of purpose when the presidency requests funds to purchase
sophisticated weapons. We recall the National Assembly’s strong objection and
procrastination when President Muhammadu Buhari asked for $1 billion for more
arms in February 2018. It is paradoxical that the same unpatriotic elements are
now blaming the presidency for the Metele tragedy.
“We urge Nigerians to
open their eyes. We must never surrender the national mandate to shenanigans,
egocentric and unpatriotic politicians in 2019. Never again, never again must
we allow those who supervised the debilitation and emaciation of Nigerian
troops to occupy the seat of power. They diverted huge amounts of money meant
for arms for our soldiers to the extent that our soldiers started running each
time they saw Boko Haram fighters. It is a shame that some of the drammatis
personae can still blame the current administration for what happened at
Metele. It is also a manifestation of gross insensitivity for anyone to
politicize the disaster.
“This is food for
thought for the Nigerian civil society. We are particularly miffed by the
silence of powerful groups like the Nigerian Labour Congress on the moral
debauchery, open blackmail and daylight robbery of our common patrimony going
on in the NASS. The latter armtwisted the executive in virtually every aspect
of administration yet nobody spoke out. Revelations were made about their
illegal and atrocious salaries and unlawful emoluments. Nobody did as much as
“NASS delayed the 2018
budget for seven months and nobody did as much as whimper. The same NASS cut
allocations to vital areas in the budget and added the deductions to its own in
brazen exploitation and legislative rascality. Yet the same NLC ignored this
and went on strike to put additional pressure on an overstressed
administration. Silence is not golden in moments like these.
or no Metele, we assert clearly, emphatically and unequivocally that Boko Haram
remains technically defeated. A group of terrorists who once occupied 17 local
governments, terrorized three North Eastern states (Adamawa, Borno and Yobe)
and extended its tentacle of bombing terror to Kano and Abuja has been reduced
to a shadow of itself. It is now restricted to acts of cowardice, hiding behind
little girls who play the role of suicide bombers, engaging in seasonal
guerilla warfare and disguising as friendly soldiers to gain access into the
camps of gallant Nigerian soldiers”.
MURIC also sent a
strong message to Nigerian soldiers fighting Boko Haram in the North East.
“To our gallant soldiers, both officers and other ranks,
we salute you all. You have done well and many of you deserve medals. We are
proud of you. We know all about your sacrifices for the sake of our dear
country. You are on sentry all night so that we can sleep peacefully. You face
hardship so that Nigeria may remain one indivisible entity. Boko Haram would
have taken Abuja but for your gallantry.
“You are our heroes. We are with you in your advance on
the enemy. We assure you that you are not alone. We share your pains. Your
victories gladden our hearts. We are with you in the trenches. Come rain, come
shine, we will never abandon you. We are on our prayer mats in the mosques and
on our knees in the churches as you battle the enemy. We charge you to forge
forward. To flush out Boko Haram is a task that must be done.
“As we round off, we
charge the Federal Government to quickly institute a probe of the Metele
fiasco. We plead for presidential prerogative of mercy for the 54 soldiers. We
call on Nigerians to treat those responsible for diverting arms money to their
personal pockets like political lepers in 2019. They should not touch them with
a long pole”.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
spokesman of Operation Safe Haven in Plateau State, Major Adam Umar, has
confirmed the killing of two Muslim travelers at Nding Sesut village of Barkin
Ladi Local Government Area, Plateau State on Sunday night. According to him, two
other persons were also injured while one escaped unhurt.
the army spokesman did not actually identify the killers as Berom youth, the Muslim
Rights Concern (MURIC) has denounced the killing and pointed accusing fingers
at the former. In a press statement issued on Wednesday, 21st
November, 2018, the human rights organization alleged that Berom youths were
still killing Muslim travelers.
have the names of the two dead victims. They are Tanimu Sanusi and Usman Inusa.
They were members of Vegetable Sellers Association at the Building Materials
Market in Jos. They were returning from Barkin Ladi when they were attacked. Abdullahi
Muhammad is one of the two persons injured.
“The army spokesman is being diplomatic
by not pinning the killing on Berom youths. MURIC has a duty to cry out and
reveal the true identity of the killers. They are Berom youths. The survivors
made the revelation. The reference to the possibility of an armed robbery
attack by the army spokesman is part of the tact being employed by the army. They
took the victims’ car away to divert attention. Armed robbers are not in the
habit of killing their victims.
money was snatched and no cell phones were collected from the victims. Our bet
is that the victims’ car is now lying under one of the ponds in the
neighbourhood. There are more than 80 such ponds there and the late General
Alkali’s car was found inside one of them”.
According to Professor Ishaq Akintola, the director and founder
of MURIC who signed the statement, the Berom are recalcitrant.
“These are people who have tasted human flesh before. They can
never be the same again. They massacred hundreds of Muslims in 2011. They
roasted their victims on the spot and ate them up. Like the leopard which
cannot change its skin, cannibals are always thirsty for more human meat. Besides,
Berom youths allegedly trained as killers in Israel are constantly looking for ‘game’
and ‘bush meat’.
“This is an indubitable proof of the
meaninglessness of Governor Lalong’s apology. How can the governor be apologizing
while his kinsmen continue to kill innocent travelers? Coming barely a week
after the burial of the late General Alkali (rtd), a strong evidence of
continued criminality is emerging. It is unacceptable. The Beroms are not
showing remorse at all.
“MURIC therefore demands that the army must announce the outcome
of investigations being conducted into the recent attack on Muslim travellers.
We charge the army and other security agencies on ground to heighten their
vigilance. The Berom capacity to inflict any harm on travelers must be
categorically neutralized. There is an urgent need for military checkpoints in
strategic places along roads used by travelers. Regular military patrols are
“While we commend
the army for its gallantry, relentlessness and adherence to the rules of
engagement even in the face of provocation, we assert the Allah-given
fundamental human right of Nigerian Muslims to move freely without let or
hinderance. This right is stipulated in Section 41 (1) of the 1999 Constitution
of the Federal Government of Nigeria, ‘Every citizen of Nigeria is entitled to
move freely throughout Nigeria and to reside in any part thereof…’ It therefore
behoves the Nigerian security agencies to ensure that the Berom are not allowed
to abridge the right of Muslims to move freely in Jos and environs.
“In conclusion, MURIC calls on the Federal Government (FG) to
rise to its responsibility of protecting Fulanis and Muslims in the face of
Berom threat. In particular, we demand the draining of those dangerous ponds
around Jos metropolis since there is strong evidence that they are being used
for criminal purposes. It is our strong suspicion that hundreds of dead bodies
of Fulanis and Muslims have been dumped in the ponds. The time to do this is
now and FG must not abdicate its responsibility. We call FG’s attention to Section
14 (2) (b) of the Constitution which says, ‘The security and welfare of the
people shall be the primary purpose of government’”.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)