SCREENING: MURIC COMMENDS 9TH SENATE
An Islamic human rights
organization has commended the leadership and members of the 9th
Senate for confirming all 43 ministerial nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari
after screening them.
The commendation came in a
press statement issued by the Director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC),
Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Wednesday, 31st July, 2019. The
statement described the 9th Senate as progressive, dynamic and
“The speedy clearance of nominees, the early completion
of the exercise and the confirmation of all the 43 candidates is an indication
of better things to come. This 9th Senate means business. It is
people-friendly and truly Nigerian. Above all, it is progressive, dynamic and
“This is a clear
departure from the circus which Nigerians mistook for a senate in the last four
years. The 8th senate was a monumental disaster. Hypnotised senators
abandoned critical national issues to troop after their president who was
facing charges at the tribunal. Nominees were scape-goated and rejected out of
spite. It was clear from the first day that the 8th senate was here
to frustrate the war against corruption.
“The graft-loving 8th senate refused to
confirm Ibrahim Magu, the head of Nigeria’s anti-graft agency. Nigeria’s budget
was delayed for seven months! The 8th Senate was an unmitigated
failure, a senate of comic characters and pathological liars, a senate of
professional sleepers-on-duty, a senate of budget-padding experts whose members were only good at harassing women
and spending 19 hours on tree tops.
“In conclusion, we congratulate
the new Senate president, Senator Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan, for bringing light to
replace darkness. We commend him for his cool-headedness, maturity and
statesmanship. We urge him to remain focused and to continue cooperating with
the executive for a better and greater Nigeria. We appeal to members of the 9th
Senate to think more of Nigeria in their deliberations.”
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
SHIITE PROSCRIPTION: ALLOW FG TO HANDLE THIS
The Federal Government of
Nigeria (FG) last week announced the proscription of the Islamic Movement of
Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiites.
Reacting to this
development, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on Nigerians to allow
FG to handle the situation. This was contained in a statement made available to the media by
the Director of the human rights organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on
Monday, 29th July, 2019.
According to MURIC, “It
will be recalled that we suggested that FG should initiate dialogue with the
leadership of the Nigerian Muslim community and leaders of IMN in order to find
an amicable settlement for the Shiite imbroglio.
revelations have since come to our attention in the last 48 hours. For example,
at least two Muslim neighbours of the Shiites came out openly and in writing to
reveal stunning incidents of the use of violence by the group. Their
experiences date back to the 90s.
major Islamic organisation which is based in the North, the Jamaatu Ikhmad
al-Bid’ah wa Ihyais-Sunnah (JIBWIS) also issued a strong statement calling
on FG not to handle the Shiites with soft gloves. Most importantly, the
testimonies have revealed a dangerous Shiite principle of non-recognition of
either a federal or state government.
on these new developments, we have no other choice than to call on Nigerians to
allow FG to handle the situation, particularly in the face of large scale
insecurity in the country. FG has been accused of inability to rein in the
general state of insecurity in the country. Some have accused FG of failure to
take decisive actions to stem the tide.
considers the proscription of IMN as a decisive and necessary action. Nigerians
who sincerely want to see peace and stability must therefore give FG a free
hand on this. Boko Haram would not have festered so badly had former President
Goodluck Jonathan taken action when he should.
is also our considered opinion that members of the civil society and
individuals defending the Shiites are not looking at the larger picture. FG has
more comprehensive information. Civil society must ponder over Shiite ideology
which rejects the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and all
constituted authority within the country including traditional rulers.
contend that Christian groups are most hypocritical. They support the Shiites
because they tend to see it as an opportunity to decimate Islamdom,
particularly in Nigeria. What really matters to them is how to weaken Islam in
the country. It sounds too much like ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’.
“It is well known that the present conflict is
between the Shiites, FG and the Kaduna State government. Mainstream Islam is
not involved. Knowing the excesses of their Shiite neighbours, other Islamic
organisations decided to remain aloof ab initio. Christian leaders who want to
exploit the silence of Islamic organisations as an opportunity to create more
division between the Sunnis and the Shiites now started pretending to
sympathise with the Shiites. The latter is quick to grab the straw.
why should they be the ones defending a Muslim group which even mainstream
Muslims regard as dangerous? Why this sudden act of ‘benevolence’? Come to
think of it: who opposed Nigeria’s membership of the Organisation of Islamic
Conference (OIC)? Who kicked against the introduction of Shariah? Who fought
the advent of Islamic banking tooth and nail? Who is behind the infringement on
the rights of Muslims particularly the hijab issue in the South West?
it not paradoxical that those who have been accusing President Muhammadu Buhari
of attempting to Islamise Nigeria are the same people supporting an Islamic
sect which refuses to recognise any government but Shiite authority? We put it
to Christian groups in the country that they are shedding crocodile tears on
the Shiite imbroglio. But the wind has blown and we have seen the ruff of the
hen. It is time to back off.
As for members of the civil society, many of them
have no sympathy for Muslims and they have never manifested genuine concern for
the latter. The same civil society which pretends to be protecting the
girl-child by crying foul over early marriage maintains conspiratorial silence over
the hijab saga. None of them sees anything wrong with locking hundreds of
Muslim girls out of school on account of an ordinary headscarf. It is such a
big shame. But we are not deceived.
recognises the right of Shiites to practice their faith but strictly within recognised
rules of engagement. Shiites must respect Allah-given fundamental rights of
their neighbours. They must genuinely renounce violence and pledge to stop the harassment
of other citizens. Not only that, they must review their revolutionary tenets
particularly that which refuses to recognise federal and state governments. It
is treasonable to vehemently persist that they will only recognise an Islamic
government based on Shiite ideology alone.
“In this respect, we are constrained to warn the Iranian
government to desist from interfering in the internal affairs of Nigeria. Iran
is known to have executed Sunni Muslim leaders in its domain even without the
latter engaging in any criminal activity. Therefore Iran has no moral right to
dictate to the Nigerian government on how to handle Shiite excesses. This is a
sovereign nation and any attempt to export the Ayatollah-style bloody
revolution to Nigeria will be stiffly resisted by mainstream Muslims in the
the avoidance of doubt, MURIC is not interested in promoting a Sunni-Shiite
dichotomy. We are for all Islamic groups. We are simply here to project,
promote and protect the rights of all adherents of Islam. Nonetheless, we
reject those who smear the image of Islam in any way and those who kill and
maim followers of other religions and their fellow Muslims. We recognise the
authority of the Federal Government of Nigeria as well as those of state
governments and we will not associate with those who seek to render asunder the
sovereignty of our great country, Nigeria.
our closing remarks, we charge Nigerians to allow FG to handle the situation.
IMN was proscribed for its violent propensity. It can be deproscribed when
there is enough evidence that the group is no more violent. We appeal to
Christian leaders to stop shedding crocodile tears over Shiite-FG imbroglio. We
urge civil society and individual activists to desist from selective activism.
Those who are silent on the hijab question vis a vis the oppression of
the Muslim girl-child should not be quick to comment on the Shiite affair. It
is sheer hypocrisy.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC
SHIITE PROTEST: DIALOGUE IS THE ANSWER
protest in Abuja turned violent two days ago claiming a senior police officer
and a journalist among others. The Shiites claimed that about a hundred of
their members were arrested and detained.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has condemned the violence. The human rights
group described the incident as disheartening. This was disclosed in a press
statement issued by the Director of the organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola,
early on Thursday, 25th July, 2019.
is most disheartening that people are dying during Shiite protests. We condemn
all forms of violence. True to our avowed motto: ‘Dialogue, No Violence’, MURIC
as a dialogue-loving human rights organization will never condone or subscribe
to violence. We detest the shedding of blood. Life is sacred and nobody has the
right to deprive a fellow homo sapien of his Allah-given fundamental right to
“We therefore appeal to the supporters of
Shaykh El-Zakzaky to review their strategy. The El-Zakzaky affair is getting
complicated. Video clips have emerged showing members of the group attacking
police vans during demonstrations while the police vehicles were seen
manouvring their ways to escape. The death of the senior police officer during
the last protest cannot be wished away. Policemen are also human beings. They
have dependants and they have the inalienable right to live. Shiites claim that they did not
use any weapon but did the officer commit suicide?
is why the Shiites need to urgently take another look at their current
disposition. It is time to stoop in order to conquer. Non-Shiite Muslims who
reside close to Shiite headquarters in Zaria have given damning evidence of the
intimidation of neighbours by the Shiites in the days and years before the army’s
attack. Those harassed included Christians and non-Shiite Muslims. This is
quite worrisome. This discovery has made it difficult for those who are
intervening in the Shiite imbroglio to absolve the group of any wrongdoing.
“Shiites should not be deceived by the
hypocritical declarations of solidarity from certain quarters. Most of such
statements are made by people who are keen on exploiting the sectarian lacuna
between Sunni and Shiite Muslims. They are therefore empty, meaningless and
politically motivated. Shiites are simply being egged on to self-immolation by
inmates of ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’ ideological camp who will
disappear into thin air when it matters most.
“The only panacea which we envision is
for the followers of El-Zakzaky to make themselves amenable to negotiations.
Dialogue is the answer. Violence is a square peg. Peace is a round hole. We
repeat the suggestion which we made some months ago, viz, that the Federal Government
(FG) should invite the leadership of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic
Affairs and representatives of the Shiites to a roundtable.
to past experience, Shiite representatives must be prepared to sign an
undertaking that the group will remain peaceful and law-abiding if its leader
is granted bail. The conditionalities must also include a vow to stop holding processions
which obstruct traffic in anyway anywhere in Nigeria.
condoles Channels Television on the death of one of its staff at the scene of
the protest. In the same vein, we commiserate with the Nigerian police on the
death of the senior police officer.
we stop hitting the keyboard, we appeal to the followers of Shaykh El-Zakzaky
to reflect deeply on the need to respect the rights of other Nigerians, to be
humble in the practice and manifestation of religion and to desist from any act
capable of causing discomfort to their fellow compatriots. We appeal to FG to
initiate dialoge on the El-Zakzaky affair.”
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC
MURIC COMMISSERATES WITH DEFENDER’S MANAGER
The death has been announced of Alhaji
Imran Shittu Awosanya, a former official of Learnards Industries Limited. The
late Imran is the father of the Administrative Manager of the Defender
newspaper, Hajia Basirat Shittu-Adefaka. He died on Saturday, 20th
Meanwhile an Islamic human rights organization,
the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has commisserated with the eldest daughter of
the deceased, Hajia Basirat, her husband, Prince Bashir Adefaka and the entire
crew of the Defender newspaper.
In the message of condolence issued
early on Wednesday, 24th July, 2019, MURIC pleaded with the family
to regard the deceased’s death as a blessing in disguise since it spared the
younger ones and it occurred long after his retirement.
“We urge those left behind by Pa Imran Shittu
Awosanya to keep aloft his golden ideals of self-satisfaction, asceticism,
hardwork and high level discipline.”
The statement was signed by the
Director and Founder of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
Rights Concern (MURIC
MINISTERIAL LIST: MURIC CONGRATULATES
Muhammadu Buhari this afternoon submitted to the Nigerian Senate a list of his
ministerial nominees containing 43 names.
its initial reaction, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has described the list
as water-tight. The human rights group congratulated the nominees but singled
out Dr. Isa Ali Pantami for encomiums.
“This is a water-tight ministerial
list. It is the product of political ingenuity. We felicitate with all the
nominees. In particular, we rejoice with Dr. Isa Khalifah Pantami. We know him
as a special breed and a performer nulli secundus.
are particularly pleased with the nomination of Isa Pantami because he is a
cerebral Islamic cum Infotech scholar. This is a rare combination. A former
product of the Federal University of Technology, Pantami is the current Director
General and Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Information Technology
Development Agency (NITDA).
have no doubt that his excellent performance at the NITDA gave rise to his
nomination as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We are equally
certain that Pantami’s educational background, particularly his training as a
pupil at the Tsangaya Traditional School where he spent four years learning the
Qur’an, prepared him morally and spiritually for the challenges of office.
“With a first degree and an MSc in
computer science plus an MBA in Technology Management, Pantami was all set for
launch as an infotech guru. His PhD in Computer Information Systems from the
prestigious Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland and another Post
Graduate Certificate in Research Method in the United Kingdom are the icing on
the cake. Indeed, Pantami is a rare gift to the Nigerian nation.
seasoned academic, Pantami lectured for more than a decade at the Federal
University of Technology, Bauchi where he got his first degree ab initio.
An erudite scholar of international repute, he was an Associate Professor at
the University of Madinah. His academic and professional tentacles pulled
strings in globally recognized centers of excellence such as Havard, Cambridge
prolific writer, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami has authored more than twelve
books and published articles in reputable local and international academic journals.
He has also travelled far and wide. As expected from a man with this rich
experience and deep knowledge, he has impacted positively on the Nigerian IT industry
since he became the head of NITDA.
“As we take a break, MURIC commends
President Muhammadu Buhari for fishing out this great Nigerian for a
ministerial post. Here is an erudite scholar and distinguished IT professional
who has earned the highest recognition in the global Infotech industry as well
as numerous local and international awards in recognition of his outstanding professionalism
and personal integrity. While most great men are hardly celebrated at home, Mr.
President has elected to celebrate this illustrious son who has won laurels in
global professional circles. It is a reward well deserved and a choice wisely
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC
ALLOW HIJAB IN ARMY, POLICE & PARA-MILITARY
The South African National
Defence Force (SANDF) is considering interim relief to allow a Muslim female
soldier to wear hijab. The minister of defence is also set to review the policy
on dress code in the South African army. The female soldier, Major Fatima
Isaacs, reportedly disobeyed the order of a senior officer who asked her to
remove the hijab she adorned under her beret.
In a related development, a
female Muslim police woman of South East origin who was formerly called
Patience but who has converted to Islam and now bears Halimah is allegedly
facing disciplinary action from her senior colleagues for using hijab with her
police uniform somewhere in Ikorodu, Lagos State. A photograph of Halimah in
police uniform with her hijab tucked under her police beret went viral two
Sequel to this development,
the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to the Nigerian Army, the
Nigerian Police and all para-military forces in the country to allow their
female Muslim staffers to use hijab. This was stated in a press statement
signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Tuesday, 23rd
According to the Islamic human rights organization, “Many Muslim women in
the armed forces and the police are suffering in silence. Halimah the police
woman is not the only one who craves to use hijab. There are many others. They cannot
speak out for fear of the kind of disciplinary action being faced by Halimah.
But the result is lack of job satisfaction, loss of focus and a desertification
of spiritual well-being. They are just being human and every homo sapien is
body, soul and spirit.
“This is why we are calling
on the police authorities to treat Halimah’s case with understanding. This is
not a case of professional misconduct. It is a quest after spiritual
sanctification. The police should note Section 38 (i) and (ii) of the
Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which guarantees her religious
“The case of Halimah can be
compared to that of Fatima in South Africa and the latter is not being
court-martialed. Instead, the South African army is reviewing its dress code as
it pertains to Muslims. This is what our army and police should do. We cannot
affor to stick dogmatically to an anachronistic system.
“The world is changing fast. Lt. Cdr. Wafa Dabbagh became the
first Canadian military officer to wear hijab in 1996 and the Canadian military
dress code manual was adjusted to allow it in 2001 (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-43758999).
Canada gave her female Muslim police officers the liberty to wear hijab in 2013
“Scotland had just six female Muslims out of 17,242 officers in August
2016 when it approved hijab because it was discovered that Muslim women were
avoiding police job due to fear of losing their hijab if they joined (https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/scotland-police-muslim-hijab-diversity-tolerance/
and https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-3716642). Ireland joined the European
bandwaggon on approval of hijab for police women who are Muslims in April 2019
“The British police, Ireland, Scotland, US, Canada, Ireland, Sweden,
Norway, Trinidad and Tobago, New Zealand, Australia, etc have already keyed
into the use of hijab by their female Muslim members. In
November 2018, a High Court judge in Trinidad ruled that Muslim women police
officers are to be allowed to wear their hijabs while on duty. So what
is Nigeria waiting for?
“These are verifiable facts. Infotech has reduced the world to a
global village. Instead of engaging in armchair criticism, we advise doubting
Thomases to check the following links:
“The United States Army approved hijab in 2017 following a
memorandum issued by the Secretary of the US Army in Washington on 3rd
January 2017 under the subject-matter Army Directive 2017-03 (Policy for
Brigade-Level Approval of Certain Requests for Religious Accomodation)
“It is only in Nigeria that religious maradonisation has taken control of
our thinking faculties and we have consequently excommunicated objectivity from
our boarders. The hijab does not interfere with the professional efficiency of
the person wearing it. For crying out loud, she covers her head, not her brain!
“Available records indicate that several Muslim women have shelved
the idea of joining any of the uniformed forces for fear of abandoning hijab. We
therefore advocate the use of hijab by female Muslim uniformed officers in
keeping with global best practices. It is the only obstacle standing between
Muslim women and military service, including the police, customs, immigrations,
traffic administrators, etc.
“We call on the army, police and
paramilitary authorities to meet the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic
Affairs (NSCIA) which is the umbrella organization for all Islamic associations
in the country with a view to discussing the dress code for Muslims in their
institutions. It is interesting to note that a similar discussion is currently taking
place this week between the South African defence force and representatives of
the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) of South Africa.
“The revision of the dress code for Muslims in the Nigerian armed
forces and its para-military must not be seen as an anathema when the South
African army is considering same even when the population of Muslims in South
Africa is just 1.9% whereas Muslims are in the majority in Nigeria.
“The cases of Fatima and Halimah must jog the professional conscience
of the Nigerian military and the Nigerian police. For how long can we remain
dogmatic? For how long must we enslave Nigerian Muslims under neo-colonialism?
“Even the colonial master has softened up. Female Muslims in the
British police have been using hijab for years now. It amounts to gender
discrimination with a religious taint. It also means that Nigeria is yet to
fully integrate its Muslim population fifty-nine years after independence. It
casts a shadow of insincerity on our so-called efforts at building cohesion,
oneness and peace.
“The present system is, to say
the least, parochial, discriminatory and oppressive. Our uniforms should be
fashioned to suit the needs of our communities and Muslims constitute an
integral part of our communities. By the same token, our military and police
forces should genuinely mirror the communities they serve. Allowing female
Muslim officers to use hijab will trully reflect the richness and diversity of
“A liberal policy which allows female Muslim officers to wear hijab
will inject a huge dose of confidence in the Muslim population and give them
greater sense of belonging. As it stands today, our military and paramilitary
uniforms appear to have been designed for a non-Muslim environment and population.
It is not Muslim-friendly but anti-Muslim. Many Muslim police and para-military
officers are suffering in silence. This should not happen in a true democracy. It
is high time we corrected this lopsided democratic entity.
MURIC charges Northern states which
have large Muslim majorities to immediately and speedily launch the pilot
scheme by embarking on the fashioning of para-military uniforms of female
Muslims which conform with Islamic guidelines. We cannot afford to continue a
copy-cat policy which derides Islam. The liberation drive must start now.
“We charge the Federal
Government (FG) to include hijab as part of the dress code for women volunteers
in the proposed community police which plans to recruit 40,000 volunteers in
every state. Particularly now that we are starting community policing, involve
Muslim women in hijab. We remind FG that women in Muslim communities will find
it more convenient to relate and confide in Muslim police women who use hijab. Criminologists
agree that women in communities are sine qua non to the provision of information
to the police at grassroots level.
“In summary, we call for
the immediate review of the dress code policy as it affects Muslims generally in
the Nigerian Army, the police and paramilitary forces in line with global best
practices. FG should kickstart this policy as Nigeria embarks on an aggressive
community policing in the next few weeks. We appeal to the Nigeria police to
allow Halima the police woman to continue to use her hijab.”
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
MURIC LAUDS SENATE FOR
CONFIRMING CJN, OTHERS
The Nigerian Senate
yesterday confirmed Justice Muhammad Tanko as the substantive Chief Justice of
Meanwhile the Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) has congratulated the newly confirmed CJN. The Islamic human
rights advocacy group described his confirmation as a victory for democracy and
the rule of law. This was contained in a terse statement circulated on Friday,
19th July, 2019 by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
“We congratulate Justice
Muhammad Tanko on his confirmation as the substantive CJN. We also felicitate
with other nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari who were confirmed yesterday.
It is victory for democracy and the rule of law. Light has finally overwhelmed
darkness. This is the people’s Senate.
“The 9th Senate deserves accolades for
starting on a positive note. This is quite promising. Unlike the heavily
sarakitised 8th Senate which was confrontational, diversionary,
wasteful and unpatriotic, we can see the signs of a red chamber ready for real business.
True to the principle of separation of power, we do not expect the 9th
Senate to be a rubber stamp but at least it is not likely to become a bottle-neck
“We charge the current
Senate to expedite action on the confirmation of other nominees, especially the
acting head of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ibrahim
Magu who was denied confirmation by the 8th Senate throughout its
“As we draw the curtain, we note that the newly confirmed
CJN told Senate yesterday that there is corruption in the judiciary. We
therefore invite him to set the machinery in motion to carry out a thorough
reform of the Nigerian judicial system without fear or favour.”
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
has cautioned Nigerians to stop politicizing the RUGA affair. The Islamic human
rights organization gave the warning in a press statement circulated by its
Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Thursday, 18th July, 2019.
“Nigerians should stop
listening to rogue politicians. There is nothing like Fulanis planning to install
Emir of Oshogbo, Emir of Enugu or Emir of Asaba. It is all balderdash. These
are false alarms being raised by unscrupulous politicians and expired demagogues.
“For decades in this country, we have always had Seriki Hausawa in almost
all the cities of the South just as we have always had Oba Yoruba and Igwe of
the Igbo in almost all the cities of Northern Nigeria. These were mere symbolic
leaders of those tribal groups residing in states and cities other than their
own. They were there for ease of administration and inter-tribal relations and
they peacefully co-existed with their host communities.
“But suddenly rogue
politicians and merchants of hate speech began inciting Nigerians against
Northerners, particularly Fulanis and herdsmen. All sorts of crimes were
ascribed to them, especially kidnapping and armed robbery. It is as if the
Oyenusis among the Yoruba have suddenly disappeared while the Evans among the
Igbo have melted away like ice cream in the desert sun.
“It amounts to gross
mischief and incalculable disservice to humanity to use this as a reason for
rejecting the RUGA plan. RUGA, which means rural grazing area is being misinterpreted
to gullible Nigerians as an attempt by Northerners to install Emirs in the
South or an attempt by them to invade Southern communities. This is far from
“MURIC condemns the politicization of RUGA. We frown at the stereotyping
of any ethnicity or group of persons anywhere in the world, particularly Nigeria.
All tribes have their own share of criminals just as there are decent and
industrious citizens among all ethnicities. We are alarmed at the rate of
deception, outright lies and make-beliefs calculated at inciting Southerners
against Fulanis and Hausas.
“We call on Southerners to
resist political charlatans who are out to spread hate and ignite widespread
hostilities. We call on Southerners to think out of the box as there are many
angles to the concept of RUGA. For instance, we can start looking at the
quantity of cattle sales in a place like Lagos where about 6,000 cows are
slaughtered daily. This is big business for crying out loud.
“Any visionary governor from the South will accept the RUGA policy purely
for economic reasons. We cannot afford to remain naïve and blinded by ethnic
jingoism. 10% commission to the state coffers is not pittance especially as it
runs into billions of naira.
“As we fold our mats, we
charge Southern governors to think more of the economic gains of RUGA and not
the rumoured, unfounded and quixotic installation of emirs in Southern
communities. It is a farce. We should be looking at the message, not the
messenger. We call on Southerners to ignore disgruntled politicians and stop idolizing
demons. Nigeria needs unity now more than ever before and this is why we must move
closer to all non-indigenes residing or doing business in our communities.”
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)