Sunday, August 29, 2021



30th August, 2021




The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has commended the Nigerian Army, the police and other security agencies for their roles in keeping Boko Haram insurgents, insurrectionists and separatists at bay.



This was made known in a press statement issued on Monday, 30th August, 2021 by the director and founder of the human rights organisation, Professor Ishaq Akintola.


The statement reads:


“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) reviewed the current security situation in the country over the weekend. While noting the few security lapses particularly banditry and kidnapping for ransom, MURIC commends the Nigerian Army, the police, the Department of State Security (DSS), the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) and the Nigeria Security Agency (NSA) for their roles in keeping Boko Haram insurgents, opportunistic insurrectionists, irredentist separatists, merchants of fake news and vendors of hate speech at bay.



“All may not be well, we may not have a perfect society or a crime free country, but at least we know that even advanced countries like the United States and Britain have their own crime-related headaches in spite of their access to sophisticated gadgets.



“We appreciate the sacrifices of our patriotic soldiers who are in the trenches in rain and sunshine. We hail our gallant policemen who maintain law and order on the roads and in our neighbourhoods. We salute our wounded soldiers and policemen who are lying in their beds in various hospitals across the country.



“In particular, we doff our hats to soldiers who have lost their limbs on the battle field, policemen who were killed or wounded during attacks on police stations and brave men and women of the DSS and NSA who have suffered mishaps while on special missions.



“Our thoughts go to the families of all these great men at this moment. Our hearts bleed for the widows and orphans left behind by Nigeria’s fallen heroes. They stayed awake all night so that we can sleep with both eyes closed. They died so that we can live. We appreciate them. We cherish them. We assure them that the fact that Nigeria is still intact today as one indivisible country is an articulate testimony that they have not fought in vain.



“It is only in Nigeria that the citizens mock their gallant security agents. The same Nigerian Army they are mocking secured Liberia, Sierra Leone, Angola, Ethiopia, etc and won laurels for the country. The same Nigerian police they are deriding have served in Sudan and other African countries and performed wonderfully.



“Boko Haram occupied 17 local governments up till 2015. The insurgents were palpably present in Adamawa and Yobe. But today they have been dispossessed and put on the run by gallant Nigerian soldiers. Suicide bombing was rampant up till 2016 but we no longer hear of it. Boko Haram is decimated and technically defeated. The recent surrender of thousands of insurgents speak volumes about this. They are surrendering to superior forces.



To our great heroes we say, ‘Ignore your critics. They are merely giving what they have, namely, pettiness and shallowness. They cannot appreciate sacrifice and valour. They cannot give what they don’t have. Small minds cannot appreciate great minds. Keep fighting for your country. You are in our prayers everyday. Allah bless you all’



Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


Friday, August 27, 2021



28th August, 2021




An Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has cast doubts on the sincerity of Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State in the trial of suspected killers of Major General Idris Alkali (rtd). The group has therefore asked both the state government and the Nigerian Army to tell Nigerians the latest developments in the case.



This was revealed in a statement circulated to the media on Saturday, 28th August, 2021 by the director and founder of the group, Professor Ishaq Akintola.



The statement reads :


Major General Idris Alkali (rtd) went missing on 3rd September 2018 while travelling from Abuja to Bauchi via Jos. His vehicle was later recovered from a pond in Dura-Du in Jos South on 29th September 2018 while his body was found more than one month later (on 31st October) in an open well in Guchwet village of Shen district in Jos South Local Government Area after an intensive search. He was later buried in Abuja on 3rd November, 2018.



 “It is interesting to note that the locals, both men and women, had played a conspiratorial role in the whole drama. Attemps were made to stop the army from conducting a search for the missing general. Half naked women demonstrated in Jos against the search.



“They claimed the army was profiling the Jos population whom they claimed was ‘innocent’. This caused a lot of delay. It also explains why it took so long to find the body in a well (more than a month) after discovering the general’s car underneath a pond.



“This background, particularly the deceitful and hypocritical role played by the people of Jos, will enable us to understand where Governor Lalong is coming from. The cover-up abracadabra displayed by the women was a mere prologue. The governor is now writing the epilogue by manipulating the judiciary.   



“According to unofficial reports reaching our office, the case which was formerly being handled by Justice Danile Longji, is now before Justice Ashom at the Jos High Court. This is because the former judge retired last year.



“Legal experts know what this means. Cases that are designed for endless and inconclusive trials are usually handled this way. The state government knew very well that Justice Longji was about to retire. It also knew that cases being handled by retiring judges have to be reassigned to other judges who will have to start de novo.



“But why assign a case of such gravity to a judge whom the state government knew was about to retire? There is every reason to suspect delay tactics in the Alkali murder case.



“Another deliberate clog in the wheel of justice was the grant of fiat to Joe-Kyari Gadzama (SAN), a private lawyer. Fiat is authority given to a private lawyer to prosecute a criminal case on behalf of the state. This has caused undue delay in the prosecution of the case. Several adjournments have occurred at the instance of the prosecution.



“We put it to Governor Lalong that the Alkali case is being deliberately delayed in the hope that the general public will lose interest in it and it will subsequently be swept under the carpet. But Lalong has grossly miscalculated. This is not just about General Alkali alone. Alkali may be an army general but he was a Muslim and he was killed because of his faith, not because of his profession.



“There has been a strong suspicion for a long time now that Jos is a killing field for Muslim travellers. Thousands of Muslim travelers from North and South who took that route are known to have gone missing in that area. Jos is a zone of death. The murder of Alkali just happened to have been the last straw that broke the camel’s back. The bloodthirsty killers in Jos were just too clever by half.



“The recent killing of thirty two (32) Muslim travelers who were going to Ikare in Ondo State on Saturday, 14th August, 2021 is another pointer. It shows that killers of Muslims have not reneged. The five buses which conveyed those killed would have been driven and pushed under the huge ponds of Jos, never to be seen again, had security agents not raced to the scene of crime. This is why Nigerian Muslims are eager to know how the Alkali case is progressing. Our collective safety on Jos roads lies in the outcome of that case.



“We recall that several vehicles were also found beneath the same pond in which the general’s car was found. Among the vehicles was an 18-seater bus. Where were the occupants? Where were the owners of several other vehicles found inside the pond? Their ethnicities may be in doubt, but we do not have to guess their religion.



“Muslim travelers have been murdered in cold blood in their thousands in Jos. Here is concrete evidence of the killing of Muslims in large numbers in Nigeria but America is only interested in making noise about phantom killing of Christians.   



“It is noteworthy that there are hundreds of ponds like this littering the Jos metropolis. How many vehicles have been sunk under them? We may never know. It took the army several days before the Alkali pond was drained and its chilling contents discovered. It is just safe to conclude that thousands of Muslims have disappeared in the Jos zone of death.



“Nigerians need to know the progress report in the Alkali case. The unofficial report in our possession added that only five (5) or seven (7) of those arrested were charged for murder. Others were merely charged for obstructing public officers from carrying out their duties, (e.g. the woman who led the protest in a bid to stop the Nigerian Army from conducting search), unlawful assembly, conspiracy, silence and failure to report a crime to constituted authorities. This second category were granted bail while those charged for murder are still in ‘prison’. But how far is this unofficial report true?


“MURIC calls out the Plateau State Government to speak up, to confirm or to deny our unofficial story. Why are we not hearing about any updates on the trial of General Alkali’s killers? How many people are being tried for the killing? How many were arrested ab initio? How many are on bail? When is the next hearing? Who is the judge in charge and where is his court located? The Plateau State government should speak up on this. Lalong should show evidence that he has not interfered with the rule of law in Plateau State. MURIC wants to know. Nigerians want to know.



“The immediate constituency and employer of the late general, namely, the Nigerian Army, has a role to play here. We are asking Army Headquarters for updates on the brutal killing of a whole general of the Nigerian Army. Is army legal department abreast of developments in the case? Did the Nigerian Army assign one of its lawyers to attend the hearings? We want to hear from the Nigerian Army. An army general should not just die unsong. It will forever constitute a stain on that great institution. 



“It is our duty as a human rights group to interrogate Lalong on the killing of a whole general. Right to life is guaranteed by Section 33 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But General Idris Alkali was denied that right to life. That matter cannot end like that just because Governor Lalong has gone to army headquarters in Abuja to beg the top hierarchy.



“Is the army developing cold feet on this case? Will any army general or senior officer be safe again in this country? This is a man who served his country meritoriously and rose to the rank of army general before retiring gloriously. The trial of his killers deserves the army’s attention and concern.



“We therefore demand an official statement from both the Plateau State Government and the Nigerian Army. Tongues are wagging. Rumours are flying at the speed of light. Democracy necessitates transparency. Nay, democracy is a toothless bulldog in the absence of justice and justice delayed is justice denied. Failure to give an update on the Alkali affair will be interpreted to mean somebody somewhere is hiding something. Is Simon Lalong listening?”



Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)



Thursday, August 26, 2021



26th August, 2021




The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has condemned today’s attacks outside the Hamid Karzai Airport in Kabul. Thirteen (13) people were reportedly killed in a twin explosion while about seventy two (72) others were injured.


MURIC’s condemnation of the attack came via a statement issued on Thursday, 26th August, 2021 by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.  



MURIC said, “Thirteen people were reportedly killed by a suicide bomber outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport, Kabul, Afghanistan. More than seventy two (72) others were injured. About three (3) Americans were alleged to be among the injured.



“We strongly condemn this terror attack. It was callous, cowardly and barbaric. Any attack on unarmed civilians deserves the condemnation of civilised people. In particular, attacking Americans who are merely evacuating civilians is not only senseless but also baseless. This was not a war situation. Real men wait for situation of hostilities before launching attacks. The Kabul Airport attack of Thursday was therefore cowardly, cold-blooded and devoid of any scintilla of gallantry.



“MURIC will not support any group that relies on violence and terror attacks to achieve its objective. We are the ‘dialogue’ group. Our motto is ‘Dialogue, No Violence’ and we have been committed to non-violence since the formation of our organisation in 1994. Nothing can make us shift this honourable position. Ours is an intellectual struggle.



“We remind the Taliban of its commitment to a peaceful exit of American troops. It is equally important to remind the Taliban of the high premium which Islam places on honour and the fulfilment of promises. The Glorious Qur’an chapter 23 verse 8 refers to those who keep their covenants and their trusts as true believers who will inherit al-Jannah (Paradise) and dwell there forever (Qur’an 23:1 – 11).



“We therefore charge the Taliban to keep to its agreement with the United States on the evacuation of both American troops and citizens.”



Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)