Monday, August 29, 2022



30th August, 2022




The management of Adamawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery was recently forced to suspend the admission process into its institution after it was discovered that the professional fee was being paid into the microfinance bank belonging to a church.  


Meanwhile the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has accused some Christian groups in the country of pursuing an entitlement and possessive ideology which constitutes a threat to peaceful coexistence. The group also demanded a probe into the unfortunate incident.


MURIC’s allegation was contained in a statement issued early on Tuesday, 30th August, 2022 by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.


The statement reads :


“Adamawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery was recently forced to suspend its admission process after it was discovered that the professional fee was being paid into the Brethren MicroFinance Bank, Yola. The bank belongs to a church.


“It was only when a group of Muslims led by Shehu Ismail discovered this and protested that the college management was forced to suspend the exercise. (

“Although we are not surprised by this development, we are deeply upset by the recalcitrance of our Christian neighbours and their penchant for cheating Muslims at every little opportunity. What is most disturbing is that for every discovery, exposure and revelation, hundreds of such must have been perpetrated by many Christian groups without the knowledge of Muslims.


“We cannot continue like this. Our neighbours cheat us without any qualms. Tramadolised religiousity has taken over the churches. Most Christian churches of today are not what we used to know in this country. It is a very disturbing phenomenon. Who did this to Nigeria?


“Are there no conventional banks in the state? The same state capital, Yola, where the Brethren MicroFinance Bank is located plays host to several first and second generation banks. What stopped the school management from patronizing those conventional banks?

“By the way, why should a public institution like the Adamawa State College of Nursing and Midwifery patronise a microfinance bank when there are safer banking institutions around? This is not just about religion but about the ethics of management.

“The school cannot claim to be unaware of the dangers involved in such a transaction in a country where microfinance banks collapse on monthly basis. What special benefits can the microfinance bank give the school that conventional, bigger and safer banks cannot give more? What security guaranty is there for the school’s savings in such a bank?

“It beats us hollow that the same Christians who shout to high heavens about Islamisation and Fulanisation are the first to be caught in so many raw deals aimed at benefiting Christians only at the expense of their Muslim neighbours. What happened to corporate integrity? What happened to values and norms? Where are those biblical teachings on morality and love of neighbour in all these?


“Our Christian neighbours have mastered the art of deceit. They falsely accuse Muslims of Islamisation knowing very well that they are the ones who are neck deep in Christianisation in all sectors. But the wind has blown. We have seen the ruff of the hen.


“It is now crystal clear that this noise about Islamisation and Fulanisation is a clever design to cover up ongoing, real and aggressive Christianisation. Our Christian neighbours are pursuing an entitlement and possessive ideology and this constitutes a threat to peaceful coexistence.


“It is important for them to keep shouting ‘Islamisation’ in order to put Muslims permanently on the defence. Our Christian neighbours have perfectly mastered the military tactic of using attack as the best form of defence. That way, people will not suspect them.


“Muslims in Adamawa have lost confidence in the State College of Nursing and Midwifery. There is no assurance of fair treatment for Muslims in such an academic institution that compromises standards in financial matters to a church microfinance bank.


“Documents, particularly data, home addresses and telephone numbers submitted to the bank by Muslim students can be easily abused for religious purpose as they may end up in the Brethren Church for the latter to take advantage of particularly if documentation is involved at any stage.


“This issue must not end there. Nobody should try to sweep it under the carpet. MURIC demands probe into the ugly and scandalous incident. It may appear ordinary but there is more to it than meets the eye. Muslim tax-payers in the state deserve to know why the Adamawa State Nursing and Midwifery Council Committee ignored all conventional banks in Yola to open account number 050..…26 with the Brethren MicroFinance Bank, a bank that belongs to a church.

“While we appeal to Muslims in Adamawa State in particular and Nigeria in general to remain calm and law abiding, we charge them to be at alert. We must be watchful and prayerful as it is now very clear that our neighbours are forever plotting to rob Peter to pay Paul. Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom.”


Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


Thursday, August 25, 2022


25th August, 2022



The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)  has petitioned the Inspector General of Police over the incitement of the Yoruba people against the director of the organization as well as the group by Alaroye, a weekly Yoruba magazine. MURIC alleged that the magazine portrayed it’s director as a traitor among the Yoruba working for Fulani marauders. MURIC also demanded apology from the magazine to avoid litigation.

This was revealed in a statement issued by the chairman of MURIC in Kwara State, Barrister Taofeeq Jaji, on Thursday, 25th August, 2022.

The statement reads:

“Following the publication of inciting statements by Alaroye magazine two weeks ago, the State Chairmen Forum of MURIC (SCF) held an emergency zoom meeting on Saturday, 14th August, 2022. The SCF resolved to send a petition to the Inspector General of the Police and to also demand unreserved apology from Alaroye magazine failing which the publisher will be sued in a court of competent jurisdiction.

“In compliance with the above resolution, a petition addressed to the IG was submitted at the Abuja office of the IG on Wednesday, 17th August, 2022. The petition was officially acknowledged and stamped ‘received’. In addition, a letter demanding apology was sent by DHL courier to the office of Alaroye magazine. Our tracking of the parcel on DHL website showed it was delivered on Thursday, 18th August, 2022.

“Unless there are consequences for character assassination, blatant lies and incitement of members of the public through reckless, lawless and irresponsible journalism, there will be no sanity in the public space. 800,000 lives were lost in the space of one hundred days in the Rwanda war which occurred between April and July 1994.

“Interestingly, the press had the lion share of the blame for ignition tension before the crisis. There must be checks and balances in a sector like the press that is so powerful particularly when it tends to become another Frankenstein monster. We must use every legitimate tool available to check recklessness in the media.

“MURIC appeals to the IG to expedite action on its petition as it concerns matters of likely breach of public peace and threat to the life of our director. We have no doubt that the Nigeria Police will greatly assist peace efforts in the country if it ensures the safety of our director.

Barrister Taofeeq Jaji,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Kwara State Chapter.


Monday, August 22, 2022



22nd August, 2022




The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called for swift justice in the killing of Shaykh Goni Aisami by two soldiers on Friday, 19th August, 2022 at between Nguru and Jajimaji in Yobe State. MURIC described the killing as brutal, callous and cold-blooded.


This was contained in a statement issued on Monday, 22nd August, 2022 by the director of the Islamic human rights organisation, Professor Ishaq Akintola.


The full statement reads:


“The most popular Islamic scholar in Gashua, Yobe State, Shaykh Goni Aisami was killed on Friday, 19th August, 2022 by a soldier who claimed to be on duty and begged for a lift from Nguru to Jajimaji town. On their way, the soldier ordered him to stop the car, shot him three times and dumped his body.

“The soldier called an accomplice who is another soldier for assistance because the car failed to start. But all efforts to restart the car failed until local residents saw the Shaykh’s body and noticed them fiddling with the car. They notified the police immediately.


“While we commend the Yobe Police Command for arresting the suspects, we call for swift justice in this matter. The killing is brutal, callous and cold-blooded. The suspects must be arraigned in a court of competent jurisdiction as soon as the police completes its investigations. We warn against any hanky-panky.


“These two soldiers are a disgrace to the Nigerian Army. They are the bad eggs. While our gallant soldiers have been having sleepless nights so that Nigerians can sleep with their two eyes closed, criminal elements among them have been robbing and killing innocent people.


“These two soldiers, Lance Corporal John Gabriel and Lance Corporal Adamu Gideon of 241 Recce Battalion Nguru who have confessed to their crimes are bad examples and the law must take its due course.


“MURIC calls for full investigation into the crime. There may be other accomplices apart from the soldier who came to assist him. We are interested in knowing how a soldier who is not on duty travelled from Nguru to Jajimaji with a rifle.


“Who gave him a ‘pass’ or was he on AWOL (Absence Without Official Leave)? Who released a rifle to him and for what purpose? We may be dealing with a criminal syndicate within the army barracks in Nguru or beyond. This case has offered more questions than answers and Nigerians are waiting for responses particularly from the Nigerian Army.”


Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


Wednesday, August 17, 2022



17th August, 2022




The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Rev. Fr. Mathew Hassan Kukah, recently accused President Muhammadu Buhari of starting same-faith leadership in Nigeria with the Buhari-Idiagbon regime in 1983. However, an Islamic human rights advocacy group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has corrected that impression by asserting that same faith leadership began under Christian leaders in the country and it preceded the Buhari-Idiagbon administration.


The clarification was made in a statement issued by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Wednesday, 17th August, 2022.


The statement reads:


“While speaking on Channels Television programme, ‘Politics Today’ on Thursday 11th August, 2022, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Rev. Fr. Mathew Hassan Kukah, accused President Muhammadu Buhari of starting same-faith leadership in Nigeria when he picked Tunde Idiagbon as his deputy in 1983 (


“But Father Kuka was being economical with the truth. We all know that Nigeria’s same faith leadership phenomenon started long before Buhari became military head of state. The sad thing is that some people find it convenient to fall victim of collective amnesia when it comes to Muslim-bashing. Fortunately there is also a crop of truth seekers who are keen on putting the records straight and MURIC is pleased to be counted among them.


“How can anyone claim that Buhari started same-faith leadership when we all know that Nigeria’s first military head of state, Major-General Thomas Umunakwe Aguiyi Ironsi picked a fellow Christian, Brigadier Babademi Ogundipe, as deputy in 1966. He did not stop there. He also made another Christian, Admiral Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey, his third in command.   


“Ironsi’s all-Christian regime was succeeded by another all-Christian leadership led by General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) with Admiral Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey as his second in command.


“In retrospect, we note that Nigerian Muslims did not complain about Christian-Christian leadership for once throughout this Christian administration and Gowon ruled for nine good years from 1st August 1966 to 29th July, 1975.


“The question MURIC is asking is this: if the Muslims can tolerate a Christian-Christian leadership for nine years (1966-1975), why can’t Nigerian Christian leaders stomach the idea of a Muslim-Muslim ticket? Today’s Christian leaders have one major characteristic in their Deoxyribo Nucleic Acid (DNA). It is intolerance. Unfortunately DNA is the main constituent of chromosomes and it is self-replicating. Therefore this intolerance chromosome in today’s Christian leaders may not disappear too soon.


“Political clerics may get away with falsehood, deceit and half-truths on the pulpit, but they cannot maradonise Nigerians with any historical inexactitude in public discourse. The facts before us prove that Kukah was economical with the truth. He should crosscheck his facts properly next time he speaks in public. Nigerians are adept at fact-checking.”

Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


Friday, August 12, 2022



13th August, 2022




The chairman of the Oyo State Chapter of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Dr. Nurudeen Oloso, has raised the alarm over an article published in a weekly Yoruba magazine popularly known as ‘Alaroye’. Dr. Nurudeen Oloso said the  article incited the Yoruba public against the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, as well as the organisation. Dr. Oloso therefore warned that nothing must happen to either Akintola, his family, the organisation’s office, its staff and any of its officials.


Dr. Nurudeen Oloso raised the alarm in a statement signed by him on Saturday, 13th August, 2022.


He said:


“The Yoruba language weekly tabloid, Alaroye, in this week’s publication incited the Yoruba public against our director, Professor Ishaq Akintola and our organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC).


“Alaroye magazine on page five of its weekly column ‘O Soju Mi Koro’ portrayed Professor Akintola as the harbinger of Fulani herders into Yorubaland. He also insinuated that Akintola is a traitor among the Yoruba. It said Akintola is using his MURIC to promote Fulani aggression against the Yoruba people.


“We see the publication as highly damaging, defamatory and injurious. The 36 State Chairmen Forum of MURIC deliberated on the Alaroye publication yesterday, Friday, 12th August. 2022. Apart from referring the publication to MURIC’s legal department, the Chairmen Forum decided to warn Alaroye to desist from such malicious publication against MURIC and its director henceforth or face legal action.


“The Chairmen Forum also warned that the publishers of Alaroye will be held responsible if anything happens to Professor Akintola. Meanwhile the Forum also considered the publication potent enough for physical attacks on our director. It therefore decided to refer the offensive publication to the security agencies for appropriate action.


“But that is not all, Alaroye may still hear from our lawyers,” the statement concluded.  


Dr. Nurudeen Ọlálékan ỌLỌṢỌ (DVM, MPVM, PhD, FCVSN)

Chairman, MURIC,

Oyo State Chapter.


Thursday, August 11, 2022



12th August, 2022




The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has described a statement emanating from the Oyo State Government in which it denied plans to return schools to the missionaries as mere political masturbation.


MURIC spoke on Friday, 12th August, 2022 through its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.


The statement reads :


“The Oyo State Government has denied plans to return schools to missionaries (; The state government had earlier declared its intention to return schools to the missionaries at an event held at Loyola College, Ibadan, on Thursday, 4th August, 2022.  (


“The denial came after MURIC kicked against the move and gave Makinde a quit notice (;


“We do not believe Makinde. His sudden u-turn is politically motivated. That statement, at best, can be described as political masturbation. Makinde’s body language is saying something different. Muslims of Oyo State are too clever than to allow Makinde’s damage-control tactics to deceive them. We will not let down our guards. We are waiting for the governor in whatever form he comes. We don’t trust him. Caesar has crossed the Rubicon.


“Islamic liberation theology has exposed the anatomy of slavery. The slave master came from Europe and America at the initial stage with the Bible in his hands. He told Africans to close their eyes. When they opened it they found only the Bible. Their land was gone.


“Slavery is in stages. The invasion of Africa by the slave traders was the first stage. The white men came and took our parents away in chains. Our precious artefacts were taken away to Britain, France and Germany.


“The Slavery Abolition Act of 1833 forced the slave merchants to design another means of cultural and economic exploitation of the African people. This led to the second stage of slavery when they came with education as a weapon. Muslims were the main victims of this second phase as they were forcefully converted to Christianity in their millions.


“The Federal Government’s takeover of schools in 1975 reduced the influence of the missionary schools but this did not totally stem the tide of oppression, intimidation and harassment of Muslim students. The missionary schools as remnants of colonial legacy still want total control and that is the cassu belli of the struggle between Muslims in the South West and the missionaries today.


“The missionaries are bent on starting phase three of the slavery project with the Muslims as target victims. That is why they are demanding the return of schools. We warn that any governor who attempts to return schools to the missionaries has endorsed the third phase of the enslavement of Muslims. He has declared war on Muslims. We will resist this with every legitimate tool at our disposal.  It is modern slavery, no more, no less. It is neo-colonialism. We will rather be free in our graves than live like puppets and slaves.


“Makinde wants to abdicate his responsibility towards the Oyo electorate. That is why he is planning to return schools.  We will not allow that. The return of schools was not part of his manifesto in 2019 otherwise we would not have voted for him. The ‘Eleyi’ of Agodi should allow the sleeping ‘lion’ to lie.”


Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern,