SRI LANKA: MURIC REJECTS REVENGE
More than 321 deaths have been reported
in the multiple bombing of churches and hotels in Sri Lanka during the Easter
holidays. The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), an extremist group, has
allegedly claimed responsibility for the attacks.
In a related development, a Nigerian
human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has rejected the
extremist group’s ideology of revenge. This was made known in a statement
signed by its Founder and Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Monday 29th
the umpteenth time, we reiterate our condemnation of terrorism and all forms of
violence as a means of seeking redress. Violence is a square peg while peace is
a round hole. Seekers of justice must not resort to violence lest they err.
Neither can avengers have peace of mind because revenge, by its very nature, is
a vicious cycle. The solution to the world’s problems lies in dialogue, mutual respect, tolerance, forgiveness and love.
reject religious demagogues who instruct us to kill people of other faiths. We
debunk the parochial philosophy of merchants of death who tell us to kill
Westerners. We assert clearly, categorically and unequivocally that Islam is a
religion of peace, not a creed of violence. Islam gives life, not death. It
gives hope, not suicide-motivating frustration. Islam promotes co-existence among
the various components of humanity regardless of their religious leanings.
“We further contend that as an integral
part of compos mentis homo sapiens, Muslims have no right to kill any
follower of other faiths any more than members of other faiths have any right
to kill Muslims. To believe otherwise is to succumb to the Hobbesian theory of
nature where man is seen as a selfish and dangerous brute. This is what the
killers in New Zealand and Sri Lanka have done. They have become unsolicited
ideologues of the Darwinian theory of survival of the fittest.
“Contrary to this barbaric mentality,
Islam invites mankind to rational thinking and respect for human life. The
Glorious Qur’an forbids the shedding of human blood (5:161). It compares a man
who kills a single person to one who destroyed the whole of humanity while
another who saves a single life is compared to one who gave life to all mankind
Glorious Qur’an has also rubbished the rationale for the vengeful killings in
New Zealand and Sri Lanka by describing goodness and evil as incomparable and
by commanding Muslims to repay evil with goodness (41:34). Nothing in the
teachings and actions of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings of Allah be upon
him) encourages tit-for-tat.
“The Prophet said, ‘Do not engage in
violence. Embrace peace’. At the point of victory, he forbade the killing of
those who had killed Muslims. He decreed that all those who had subjected
Muslims to torture, harassment and intimidation in Makkah should be forgiven.
To conclude this advocacy of non-vengeance,
we appeal to all individuals and groups engaging in violence to embrace peace. We
charge all believers in the Supreme Creator to learn to respect the sanctity of
life, to court the art of forgiveness and to woo the value of tolerance. But
above all, we invite the West to give world peace a vital shot in the arm by halting
its pro-Israel and anti-Muslim agendum and to desist from its tortuous policy
of divide et impera. We urge Nigerians to promote peace, to forgive, tolerate
and love one another”.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
MURIC TO NCEF: ALLOW
PEACE TO REIGN
The Northern Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) has described the
conviction of the former Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen, by
the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) as part of the jihad against Christians in
the country. NCEF made this allegation in a statement signed by its chairman,
Chief Solomon Asemota (SAN) on Friday 19th April, 2019.
However, the Islamic human rights organization, Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) has rejected NCEF’s allegation. This was contained in a
statement signed by the Founder and Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq
Akintola, on Tuesday, 23rd April, 2019.
“We are still wondering about what happened to NCEF. This is a
group of elders who, ceteris paribus, should know better and,
consequently, contribute positively to the national discuss. But we are perturbed
by its pedestrian outbursts.
“We find it hard to
believe that General Yakubu Gowon in particular, a former head of state, will belong
to a group that stands logic on its head and twists the facts of history. How
did the overthrow of Gowon in 1975 constitute a jihad? This is a most
“Our people say when a child rejects evening pounded yam, his
parents will narrate to him the story of his mother’s marriage. But what do we
say about elders who falsify facts? We must beckon on historians to bail us
“For the avoidance of doubts, Gowon was toppled on 29 July, 1975
for reneging on his promise to end military rule in 1976. The spate of protests
against his U-turn especially by university students showed how unpopular his
procrastination had become. It also led to the closing of some higher
“Gowon had fallen in love with power and was not ready to leave
even after spending ten years (1966 – 1975). Nigerians may be passive on
misrule and parliamentary idiosyncracies but they have never been silent over
tenure elongation. The inglorious third term agenda is a good example.
“Gowon got his fingers burnt for seeking to tow the path of sit-tight
African rulers like Hosni Mubarak of Egypt who spent 30 years in office (1981 –
2011) and Muammar Gaddafi of Libya who spent 42 years (1969 – 2011). It is a
great disservice to history for NCEF to seek to distort the events which led to
the toppling of Gowon.
“As it turned out, many
of the drammatis personae in the anti-Gowon post-coup events were Christians. Joe Namvan Garba was made commander of the Elite
Guards Brigade, Mathew Obasanjo was named chief of staff at supreme
headquarters, Theophilus Y. Danjuma became chief of army staff, Commodore
Michael Adelanwa, chief of naval staff and John Issa Duku, chief of air staff.
The last time we checked, Joe, Mathew, Theophilus, Michael and John were all
Christian names. So, was it Joe Garba or Mathew Obasanjo who was pushing
Buhari’s jihad agenda?
“Again, NCEF claimed that Buhari overthrew Shagari in 1983 and
retired Justice Taslim Elias, a Muslim, to Islamise Nigeria by replacing a
Federal Republic with a Sultanate. What sense does this make for crying out
loud? Both Shagari and Taslim Elias were Muslims and why would Buhari remove
them if he intended to Islamise the country?
“The most arbitrary claim of the group has to do with the
removal of the suspended CJN. NCEF claimed the removal of Onnoghen is a
continuation of stealth jihad which began with the coup against Gowon. It is as
ludicrous as it is infantile.
“Perhaps NCEF is also suggesting that the National Judicial
Council (NJC) which found Onnoghen guilty of the charges leveled against him is
engaging in jihad. When will NCEF stop seeing religion in every big or little
thing? Why should the Onnoghen issue be turned into
“Members of NCEF need to be circumspect and careful
in their utterances. If we are not careful, reckless statements like this could
prepare grounds for genocide. We need to take lessons from Rwanda and we may
not have a Kigame to heal the wounds that are direct consequences of such
“Muslims did not
call it a Christian crusade when ex-President Jonathan removed the CBN governor
(now Emir of Kano) unceremoniously. Neither did they start appealing to
religious sentiment when the same Jonathan sacked Justice Salami.
“Again, for want of anything else to say, NCEF blamed the
problems of Nigeria on the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern regions.
We must ask NCEF who should be blamed for the amalgamation. Was it done by the
Sultanate or the Fulanis? The British colonial masters amalgamated the North
and South. NCEF should direct its protest letter to No. 10, Downing Street.
“Elders are expected to possess the wisdom to solve problems,
not the flair for rabble-rousing. It is high time NCEF accepted this common
destiny and settled down. We are bewildered that elders of a religious group
whose scripture is filled with wise sermons have elected to behave contrary to
the teachings. NCEF members are mere hearers of the word of God, not doers
“It is didactic to note that the umbrella body of all Nigerian
Christians, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has already disowned
NCEF. That alone is enough to compel us to ignore the group but for the need to
put records straight.
“That development becomes more instructive when considered
against the background of the visit of Paul and Barnabas to the elders in
Jerusalem for consultation ((Acts 15:2). Instead of consulting NCEF, CAN
dissociates itself from the Northern elders. It speaks volumes. Impertinence sometimes
“Was this not on Peter’s
mind when he advised church elders “not domineering over those in your charge,
but being examples to the flock”? (I Peter 5:3). Members of the NCEF should not
tarry until Nigerians start sending anti-senility drugs to them before they
take CAN’s advice.
“On a final note, we affirm that what Nigeria needs now is a
peaceful environment. There can be no meaningful development without peace and
stability. Let us stop heating the polity. Nigerian Muslims have no
Islamisation agenda. We are willing to peacefully coexist with both Christians
and traditionalists as neighbours and on equal terms.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
MURIC HAILS TRIBUNAL FOR
An Islamic human
rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has hailed the
conviction of the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN), Walter Onnoghen.
The suspended CJN was pronounced guilty this afternoon Thursday 18th
April, 2019 by the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT) headed by Danladi Umar. Onnoghen
was accused of making false assets declaration.
of the tribunal’s ruling came in a press statement dated 18th April,
2019 and signed by its Founder and Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
“This conviction will serve as a lesson for other judges who
are tempted to tow the same line with Onnoghen. There must be a clear
distinction between the temple of justice and the stock exchange market while
the homes of judges must not, at any point in time, be mistaken for the bureau
“For the noble profession to maintain its dignity, judges
must not envy business tycoons in their quest for the accumulation of wealth.
The glory of a judge resides in his aloofness from merchandise, his noble
carriage and his comportment with self-satisfaction.
The group blamed the
suspended CJN for grandstanding when he could have made the best of the time by
resigning when the presidency asked him to do so more than three months ago.
“As for the letter of resignation submitted by Onnoghen
about two weeks ago, had it been early had been relevant, but it had been
delayed and trivialized until the NJC’s indictment. It is our contention that this
expensive procrastination has ‘stolen’ time from the purported resignation and
rendered it an exercise in futility.
“Just as the
presidency was constrained to suspend Walter Onnoghen after the tribunal issued
an order three months ago, the hands of the presidency are now tied by the
pronouncement of guilt by the same tribunal. President Muhammadu Buhari is not
known to interfere in the functions of other arms of government. He has
demonstrated this trait several times and the Onnoghen affair must not be different.
Consistency also demands that he is bound to obey the terms of the conviction
in the same manner that he obeyed the tribunal’s first ruling on suspension.
Buhari may not want to tamper with the CCT ruling that Onnoghen must be removed
from office, forfeit funds found in the five accounts and banned from holding public
office for the next ten years.
“MURIC lauds the
chairman of the CCT, Danladi Umar, for his uncommon courage and consistency. In
the same vein, President Muhammadu Buhari deserves accolades for his doggedness
in the war against corruption. He will go down in history as the first Nigerian
president to dock a chief justice of the federation.
The human rights
group also called on President Buhari to immediately swear in the Acting CJN,
“In view of the clean bill which the Nigerian Judicial
Council (NJC) gave the Acting CJN coupled with today’s conviction of the
suspended CJN by the CCT, MURIC hereby urges President Muhammadu Buhari to set
the machinery in motion for the swearing in of the Acting CJN as the
substantive Chief Justice of Nigeria with immediate effect. Nature hates vacuum.
“As a parting shot,
we reiterate for the umpteenth time that the Federal Government must
immediately institute a thorough reform of the nation’s judiciary. The war
against corruption cannot succeed until Nigerians can beat their chests about
the trustworthiness of their judges”.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
PARADE JAMB’S PROFESSIONAL WRITERS
The Joint Admissions
Matriculations Board (JAMB) has announced the arrest of over 100 professional
examination writers during this year’s (2019) examinations. The suspects
include two biological children of the owner of an accredited Computer Based Test
(CBT) center in Lagos.
In its own reaction,
the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a puritanist human rights organisation has
called on the Nigerian Police to parade the professional examination writers. MURIC
made the declaration in a press statement signed on Thursday, 18th
April, 2019, by its Founder and Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
“The arrest of these
professional examination writers is an eye-opener. It confirms what we have
been saying for several years. The phenomenon of the lazy Nigerian youth is no
longer a myth. Many people wanted to crucify President Muhammadu Buhari when he
used that phrase some months ago. But we can all see now.
“Whereas Nigeria is blessed with many hardworking youngsters,
there exists many black sheep who tarnish the image of the industrious ones. We
call on the security agencies to publicly parade those caught in order to serve
as deterrent to others. They must not be treated with kid gloves.
“Their names and faces
must be exposed to friends and family members. They must be paraded as the bad
eggs in society. We all know that societal norms and values have long broken
down but we never knew that things had degenerated to this level. It is such a
“Where is the well-known
African sense of dignity? Where is the pride of the black man who, decades
back, could beat his chest and proudly rub shoulders with the intellectual
giants of the West? The owner of the Lagos CBT center who allowed his two
biological sons to impersonate other candidates is a disgrace to all Nigerian
parents. His despicable conduct confirms the breakdown in family norms and
values in the Nigerian society.
“This is a father
training his own sons to fill up Nigerian universities with unqualified
students. Some of those ‘assisted’ by them will graduate as ‘medical doctors’
who will become harbingers of death to hundreds of innocent patients simply
because they were never really qualified to read medicine in the first place.
“It is more painful
when we realise that these people have been doing it for years and getting away
with it. In essence, we are saying that our universities are filled with unqualified
undergraduates while thousands of employees brandish university degrees which
they cannot defend.
“We are not
surprised, however. Both the federal and state governments failed to meet
global best standards in terms of funding of the education sector. Only one or
two states made the education sector a priority. The effect has been a colossal
loss in qualitative education.
“Instances of this dwindling performance can be found in
the results published by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) in past
years. Only 28.58
percent of the candidates obtained credit passes in five subjects including
English Language and General Mathematics in the WASSCE examination of year 2015.
38.58 percent passed the subjects in 2016 while the percentage fell to 26.01
percent in 2017.
“Things got so
bad that an unnamed Nigerian who called himself a ‘graduate’ posted a highly
embarrassing message on facebook in 2018 in which he said, ‘It's with deeps sence nd
humility to told public, friends and family that... I had been collected my result
yesterday 30/04/2018 around 2.00 pm with the overall of 3.44 CGPA. I'm now a
graduate’. How he made this grade point remains a mystery but at least he has succeeded
in exposing the rot in the system.
“Only three Nigerian universities were included in
the 2019 Times Higher Education World University Rankings out of 1,250 tertiary
institutions around the globe. Only one (the University of Ibadan) was in the
2018 list and it was ranked number 801 out of 1,000 universities. The same
university was the only one included among the 800 best universities in the
world in 2016 and its position was 601. No single Nigerian university made the
2015 list released by the Centre for World University Rankings. The United
States alone had eight among the top ten.
“This generally poor
performance resulted in parents’ loss of confidence in the Nigerian education
system and those who can afford it sought admission for their children outside
the shores of this country. It also informed their desire for cutting corners particularly
by parents who are thin in integrity but fat in indecency”.
MURIC also commended
JAMB’s chief executive, Professor Ishaq Oloyede. “Nigerians should give kudos
to the current JAMB registrar, Professor Ishaq Oloyede for the giant strides
recorded by JAMB. He is sanitizing the system. We have always said that
leadership matters a lot. JAMB is making waves because a no-nonsense man is at
the helm of affairs.
It must also be admitted that Oloyede’s achievements are a
reflection of the deeply embedded integrity in the numero uno citizen,
President Muhammadu Buhari. It would have been another cup of tea if the president
himself is of questionable character. Those who are still cynical about the
change mantra have another nut to crack.
“In our closing
remarks, we call for the public parade of the professional examination writers.
The law must be allowed to take its full course no matter whose ox is gored.
The owner of the notorious CBT center in Lagos whose two sons are involved must
face the full wrath of the law while himself and his CBT center must be banned
for life. He is a disgrace to parenthood”.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
AS BROADCASTER’S DAUGHTER, OTHERS DENIED ENTRY IN JAMB
daughter of a former ace broadcaster, Sulaiman Aledeh, was among several hijab-wearing
female students who were denied entry at a JAMB examination center in Lagos
This was revealed in a tweet sent by
the ex-broadcaster at exactly 8 am on Thursday, 11th April, 2019 on
his twitter handle @aledeh, ‘My daughter is writing her @JAMBHQ today but she just
called me now that she’s been asked to remove her hijab before she’s allowed in
at the center at New Ocean School, Megida, Ayobo. Is that the rule please? She’s
NOT the only one cos they’re from a MUSLIM school’.
the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has denounced the action of the JAMB invigilators
and supervisors at the examination centers involved. MURIC’s condemnation was
made known in a press statement signed by its Founder and Director, Professor
are aware of the refusal of some JAMB invigilators and supervisors to allow
female Muslim candidates who wore hijab to the centers to sit for the examinations.
This action is despicable, repugnant and barbaric. It is also illegal,
unlawful, illegitimate and unconstitutional. When will Muslim-haters grow up?
When will they become democracy-compliant? When will they respect the rule of
“The law says hijab is constitutional
(Section 38 (i) and (ii)) but they will rather follow their whims and caprices.
The Muslims of the South West are being taken for granted. Our love for
peaceful coexistence and our reluctance to take the law into our hands is being
mistaken for cowardice. But we will like
to warn that there is a limit to patience.
remind Muslim haters in the South West that there are no more ‘stupid monkeys’
in Idanre. The only remaining monkeys over there are smarter than homo
sapiens. Everyday may be for the oppressors and Muslim-haters but certainly
there will be one day for the oppressed Muslims.
profiling of Muslims particularly through the denial of hijab rights has been
on for a long time. The Muslim victims cry out daily. Many cases of hijab
denial are in the courts. Yet the various state governments pretend as if
nothing is happening. Worse still, the Federal Government has ‘decided not to
interfere’. The message is very clear. The authorities are telling us that the
fate of Muslims is in the hands of Muslims.
therefore calls on Muslims in the South West to prepare for a long, intellectual
and nonviolent struggle. Female Muslim students are hereby instructed to carry
recording gadgets on their persons. We want all provocations, victimisations
and acts of stigmatization to be secretly recorded wherever they occur because
it will be impossible to get a conviction if there is no concrete evidence.
“We charge Islamic organisations,
particularly the Muslim lawyers Association (MULAN), the Muslim Teachers
Association (MUTAN), the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation
(NACOMYO), the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), The Muslim Congress
(TMC) to re-engineer their mobilization strategies towards deflating this
rising persecution ego among Muslim-haters in the sub-region. It is high time
some fanatical Muslim-haters are made to face the full wrath of the law”.
human rights organization also alleged that a male invigilator touched the
female candidates in an improper manner at the same center under the guise of carrying
out searches on candidates.
“We strongly object to the way a male
invigilator touched all parts of the female candidates at the center under the
guise of conducting searches. It is highly unprofessional, immoral, improper and
paedophilic. Men should search male candidates while women officials search
female candidates. That is the global best practice.
aver that improper touching has occurred in this circumstance and somebody must
be held accountable for it. Most of the female candidates are underaged and
their parents have entrusted them into the hands of JAMB as a social contract. It
is child abuse. JAMB authorities have a duty to ask questions and get
appropriate answers from the center.
behind this victimization hide under official assignments to perpetrate their
evil acts. Unfortunately, all the government institutions which they represent declare
their actions illegal. For instance, all the examination bodies have declared
that hijab is allowed in examination halls. But no ad hoc or permanent
staff has been punished to date for stigmatizing female Muslim students.
these authorities and examination bodies waiting for the time when Muslim
youths will mobilise themselves, lay in ambush and take officials who victimize
female Muslims to police stations? Who shall we blame at that point? Are the
Muslims in the sub-region being pushed to the wall deliberately because some
people want to flex muscles or score a religious or political point?
some of the JAMB candidates were later allowed to enter after being made to
stay outside for a long time, we still consider this measure as unfair,
uncharitable and very provocative. Muslim candidates were delayed outside the
examination hall while their Christian counterparts continued writing in an
examination in which all the candidates will stop at the same time.
Is this fair? Is it just? Is it
equitable? It will be difficult for female Muslim candidates who were
intimidated outside the hall to gain their emotional balance immediately. It is
also expected that candidates who were delayed outside while their colleagues
had already started writing the examination have been disadvantaged. This is one
of the methods being used by Christian officials to favour Christian candidates
at the expense of their Muslim counterparts.
is also important to note that those who persecute female Muslim candidates in
hijab have never attempted the same in any part of the North. Perhaps they know
the expected consequence.
are placing it on record for the day when records will become priceless. More
importantly, we are calling the attention of the whole world to the persecution
being meted out to Muslims in South West Nigeria. Our detractors are adept at
spreading false propaganda.
they are the perpetrators of injustice, they are always the first to rush to
the United Kingdom, the United States, the United Nations, etc. Also, they
always find a way to sway media sentiment to their side. But we find solace in
the knowledge that truth is constant and it will always overwhelm falsehood no
matter how long.
“MURIC calls on the JAMB authorities to
carry out full investigation into the victimization of female Muslim candidates
at New Ocean School, Megida, Ayobo. The circumstances surrounding the improper,
immoral and paedophilic searches by a male on underaged girls must also be
we draw the curtain, we affirm that in view of the incessant violation of
extant rules by staff and ad hoc workers and the continuous criminal molestation
of female Muslim candidates, JAMB and other national examination bodies like
the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) owe it a duty to issue memoranda
and publish advertorials containing permission to female Muslim candidates to
use hijab and a clear warning to invigilators and supervisors who disallow it.
Only thus can the examination bodies assure Nigerians that they are not
collaborators in the age-long persecution of Muslims in the South West.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
MURIC CONDEMNS INSECURITY ON ROADS TO ABUJA
Latest reports in the media indicate that
insecurity on roads leading to Abuja has worsened in the last three months.
Travelers are attacked at will by armed robbers and kidnappers while the
families of victims pay humongous sums of money as ransom.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has condemned
this ugly development. The human rights organization called on the authorities
to rise to the occasion. This was contained in a statement signed by the
Founder and Director of the group, Professor Ishaq Akintola. MURIC also frowned
at what it described as ‘selected vigilance’, a situation in which the police
concentrate on protecting only the rich and powerful while the masses are made
to cater for themselves.
“Nigerians will remember that there was massive
deployment of police personnel on Abuja-Kaduna road about two years ago, when
Abuja Airport was receiving a facelift and senators and lawmakers had to travel
by road from Kaduna to Abuja because aircrafts could not land at the Azikiwe
International Airport, Abuja.
“Police patrol vehicles were stationed at every
one kilometer from Kaduna airport onto the city of Abuja. There was no single robbery
or kidnapping incident on that road as a result of this palpable presence of
security agents. The interesting thing to note is that the road had been
notorious before lawmakers and other important government officials were forced
to ply it. But the government saw the need for vigilance on that road only when
its key officials and lawmakers started using it.
“Yet the sad aspect is the fact that the
massive police buildup on that axis melted like ice cream in hot sun the moment
Abuja airport started functioning again and those bourgeoisie politicians
stopped using Abuja-Kaduna road. Worse still, those armed robbers and
kidnappers resumed their deadly operations immediately the police withdrew from
“MURIC appreciates the challenges facing the
Nigerian Police and other security agencies. Whereas the United Nations
recommends at least one policeman for every 448 citizens, Nigeria is yet to
meet up with this global best practice.
“We had just 310,177 policemen around 2008. Ex-president Jonathan failed to recruit a
single policeman throughout his six years in office in spite of worsening
security situation around the country. But President Buhari has recruited about
20,000 during his first tenure. So we may have a total figure of 330,177
policemen as at today. But with a population of 200 million people, this still
falls short of global best practices.
“The way forward, therefore, is to
recruit more policemen. The usual practice of attaching several policemen to
public officers may also have to be discontinued. The Nigerian Police needs
sophisticated weapons, state of the art communication gadgets, large number of patrol
vehicles and welfare facilities to enhance its performance. We must not focus
on increasing the number of policemen alone. Meanwhile the limited police
population should be judiciously deployed particularly to those dangerous
“In summary, MURIC calls on the Inspector General
of Police to step up security measures on Abuja-Kaduna road in particular, as
well as other porous roads around the country. Nigerians do not need a police regiment
which protects only the rich and influential. What we need is a people’s police
force that will secure the lives and properties of both the weak and the
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)