16th April, 2022
CRITICS MUST BE RETROSPECT – MURIC
Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has
decried the subjective criticism of the state of insecurity in the country. The
group wants critics to be retrospective for fairness and objectivity.
was contained in a statement issued on Saturday, 16th April, 2022 by the
director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
"It has been observed that critics of the Buhari administration on the
state of insecurity in the country today have narrowed their perspective on
attacks which occurred during the period of the current administration alone
without considering the circumstances both in the remote and immediate past.
Such a parameter is bound to produce a narrow, parochial and unfair assessment.
"We call on critics to be
retrospective. Today was born from the wombs of yesterday. The current
situation must not be judged in isolation. There are precedents to be
considered. Those who refuse to juxtapose past events with current happenings
are being unjust to both the Buhari adminisration and history.
as Nigerians must not trace the root of banditry and insurgency to Northern
youths alone but go beyond them, so must commentators on the current insecurity
trace the ugly phenomenon to past regimes if they want to be objective in their
"To that extent, therefore,
Nigerians must interrogate what happened to funds meant for the acquisition of
weapons for the military in the days of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. $2.1
billion was diverted to the private pockets of politicians. That is the exact
cost of the Lagos-Ibadan dual carriage modern rail line. Unfortunately
culprits are the same people shouting loudest over insecurity today.
Chibock girls would have been rescued hours after they were abducted if
Jonathan had acted promptly. But he dilly-dallied for three weeks claiming it
was a plot hatched by his political enemies. It was this procrastination that
gave Boko Haram the chance to dig in. Characteristically today, critics cannot
spell Jonathan's name.
structure can only be as good as it's foundation. Nullity upon nullity can only
be nullity. You cannot build reality on sheer phantom. Those who stole the
country dry and denied our military the much needed weaponry, including those
who failed to act on time, laid the foundation for today's woes. Buhari is
merely trying to salvage the situation.
our 'last look at the Moore' must not stop at the days of the Jonathan regime
alone. For instance, Nigerians would not have been hearing of Boko Haram today
if the threat had been nipped in the bud in the days of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
and Yar'adua. Insecurity has come a long, windy path. The blame should not be
laid on the doorsteps of President Muhamnadu Buhari. The blame should go
straight to where it belongs.
must also not forget the negative role played by fifth columnist politicians
particularly the Saraki-led unpatriotic and anti-people senators and members of
the House of Representatives of his days, including Saraki's co-traveller,
Yakubu Dogara, ex-Speaker. These were lawmakers who sabotaged all efforts made
by the Buhari regime to acquire arms for the Nigerian military for a whole four
years (2015-2019). Saraki and
Dogsra were planted in the National Assembly by those who feared an eight years
of hurricane Buhari.
allowed Boko Haram to become too powerful. It is therefore paradoxical that the
same Senator Saraki now wants to contest as Nigeria's president. It is certain
that the affliction of the disease called collective amnesia has reached a
pandemic stage in Nigeria. We forget so quickly that our numero uno public
enemy becomes our hero as soon as our tears dry up.
"How could we have forgotten so
soon? Bombings in Abuja reached high crescendo. The United Nations building,
Nigeria Police'headquaters, EFCC headquarters, Nyanya motor park, mosques,
churches, etc were not spared by terrorists. Suicide bombers had a field day
between 2011 and 2015. Who was in power then? Was it Buhari? Why are critics
now narrowing everything down to this regime?
can we be so ungrateful? Who did this to Nigeria? What crime have the security
agencies committed that we refuse to appreciate them in spite of their huge
sacrifices and successes? The US army is a great force to reckon with today
because the citizens appreciate them.
are the suicide bombers today? The security agencies stopped the menace of
suicide bombing but we still don't want to appreciate them. Residents of
Maiduguri are now sleeping with calm. Who did that?
"No Nigerian administration has
acquired so much weaponry for the military like Buhari. We challenge those
critics to draw up a honest comparative list of the performance and morale of
the military under previous regimes and the Buhari administration. It is on
record that Nigerian troops used to take cover in neighbouring contries on
sighting insurgents who were always armed to the teeth.
reverse is the case today as Boko Haram fighters take to their heels when faced
by our gallant soldiers. Thousands of them have also surrendered. Also no
Nigerian government has recruited policemen in an aggressive manner like we
have it today under Buhari. The numerical strength of the police which was at a
standstill (130,000) from 2003 to 2015 has been boosted by Buhari with 10,000
recruits annually. Can you beat that? Conservatively, Nigeria must have at
least 136,000 men as at 2022.
it may be true that as President, Buhari is responsible for the lives and
properties of Nigerians, we must remember that security should not be left to
soldiers and policemen alone. Every citizen must be security conscious and they
are expected to feed the security agencies with useful information. We must be
their ears and eyes.
what do we get from Nigerians? They are the ones cutting rails to sell them.
They cut aluminium railings on bridges. They destroy infrastructure. Why do
some people think Buhari must be blamed for sixteen years of recklessness,
sixteen years of impunity, sixteen years of corruption without borders?
assessment of the security situation must also be retrospective. Government is
a continuum and the Buhari regime cannot be an exception. Therefore, it can
only continue from where its predecessor stopped.
“The Jonathan regime bequeathed a
legacy of insecurity to the Buhari administration. It is a relay race. What is
passed to you is what you build on. Unfortunately this regime received a
disadvantaged baton and it is doing it's best to improve on it. Only a biased
spectator from the stands will condemn a runner who received his own baton from
an athlete who came last and far behind.
is not saying anything new. Therefore we cannot be accused of referring to any
particular critic or group of critics. We have been consistent in showcasing
the good works of the Buhari administration and defending it when it is
are definitely not reacting to the comments of any of the Imams and Muslim
leaders whose interviews were published in the Tribune of today. Neither are we
referring to the comments of any Islamic irganisation. A certain development
compelled our outing today and this is a general comment to all Nigerians.
appeal to critics is to be constructive. Comments must be balanced because
anyone who says this administration has not done a single good thing since
inception must have a heavy burden on his conscience.
are free to criticise Buhari, but let us swallow our pride and eschew the
bitterness by admitting his achievements as well. Buhari is definitely not
perfect and there is insecurity in the land. But fake news, politicisation,
bias, bitterness, distortion and misinformation will not take us anywhere.
"As we drop the anchor, we doff
our hats for the security agencies fof their many achievements and sacrifices.
Gallant Nigerian soldiers and policemen. MURIC appreciates you. Great men and
heroes of the secret police, we cherish your sacrifices.
reiterate that commentators on insecurity in the country must take
retrospective looks at the Nigerian situation for a fair, constructive and
comprehensive assessment. Any judgement passed on this administration without
considering where it was coming from can only be described as jaundiced, myopic
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)