Thursday, December 29, 2022



29th December, 2022




As the Lagos State Government opens investigation into circumstances surrounding the snatching of hijab from the head of a female Muslim student in a Lagos school, an Islamic human rights association, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has demanded transparency, firmness and speedy delivery of justice.



This was disclosed in a statement issued on Thursday, 29th December, 2022 by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola.


The statement reads:


“As the Lagos State Government (LASG) opens investigation into circumstances surrounding the snatching of hijab from the head of a female Muslim student, Mujeebah AbdulQadri, a JSS 2 student by the principal of Eletu Odibo Junior High School, Mrs. Christiana Sofuye, we remind the state government of the need for transparency, firmness and speedy delivery of justice.


“The outrage which greeted the principal’s action on both social and conventional media led to the setting up of a probe on the ugly incident. It must be observed that the ongoing probe has generated immense public interest particularly among Muslims in Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole (;;


“This is why LASG must ensure that the investigation is transparent. Nigerians have little faith in probes since most probes in the country end up being swept under the carpet. Therefore the state government cannot afford to send the wrong signal to the public on a probe set up by itself.


“While laying emphasis on giving the principal and others involved fair hearing, we opine that this is the time to exhibit firmness in order to assure the public that those handling the investigation will not allow themselves to be swayed by sentiment. Neither would they allow undue interference or any external influence. We must work towards sustaining public confidence in the probe as well as in the state government.


“MURIC asserts that the findings of the probe panel must be made public because only thus will the process act as a form of deterrent to other school principals and teachers who are in the habit of exercising arbitrary power and sow the seed of religious hatred among our young ones.”


“We demand speedy justice. We reiterate that procrastination is the thief of time. Justice delayed is justice denied. It was J. F. Kennedy who said, ‘The rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are trampled’.



“It is the rights of Mujeebah AbdulQadri today. She is just one innocent girl child. But no establishment should, in good conscience, joke with the rights of and justice for a single citizen. Justice is the soul of peace. No one can deny one and enjoy the other.


Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


Saturday, December 24, 2022



25th December, 2022



An Islamic human rights association, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has called for greater interfaith interaction in order to boost the prospects of enduring peace in Nigeria.

The call was made on Christmas day, Sunday, 25th December, 2022 in a Christmas message signed by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

He said :

“We felicitate with our Christian neighbours as they mark Christmas today, Sunday, 25th December, 2022.

“We call for greater interfaith interaction among the different religious groups in the country. We have no doubt that increased interaction will engender better understanding which will eventually lead to more tolerance of one another’s ways of life. The ultimate is lasting peace and that is what we need in this country today more than anything else.

“It is certain that we cannot achieve anything without peace. We need peace and security for political stability, economic progress, educational development and technological breakthrough. Greater interfaith interaction will build bridges and eliminate mutual suspicion.

“Religious clerics and leaders should therefore encourage their followers to interact more with people of other creeds. Imams and pastors should preach and practice love, tolerance and forgiveness.”

Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)



Friday, December 23, 2022



Friday, 23rd December, 2023





It came to our knowledge that men of the Department of State Security Services (DSS), Ibadan, Oyo State, invited the director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Professor Ishaq Akintola, to come from Lagos to Ibadan for questioning simply because he spoke against a school principal who forced Muslim students to sing Christmas carol and he also criticized the state governor for doing nothing on the several cases of repression of Muslim students in the state.


While we acknowledge the vital role DSS is playing in maintaining security, we are of the opinion that this invitation is full of risks. People are being kidnapped on Lagos-Ibadan expressway and the city of Ibadan itself is under siege from political thugs, hooligans and hoodlums most of whom enjoy the patronage of the state government whose governor MURIC criticized.

It therefore becomes double risk for our director to honour the invitation from such a distance without proper investigation. Our director has no bodyguards. What if he is attacked by political thugs at Ibadan toll gate? Some people are not comfortable with the role played by MURIC during elections and they may want him out of circulation, at least for the period of the elections only to be released after the election is over?

What if such people arrange for him to be ambushed and kidnapped. Will DSS Ibadan office admit that they were the ones who invited him to Ibadan?

The fact that the invitation came through a phone call makes it more risky because we are still not sure if indeed it was the DSS Ibadan office that called him in the first place. Kidnappers play many tricks these days. It would have been better if the DSS had brought a written invitation.

The Osun State chapter of MURIC demanded for a written invitation in a press statement issued a few days ago but DSS Oyo State has ignored their request. It makes us doubt the origin of that invitation.

We are of the opinion that the DSS Oyo state is under the guidance of ethical behaviour as laid down in its rules of engagement and it should behave as such without any bias or intimidation from any quarters whatsoever the situation may be. Our director, Professor. Ishaq Akintola has no relationship with either Boko Haram or ISWAP. Rather, he founded a peaceful Islamic human rights organization whose motto is ‘Dialogue, No Violence’ and the group has remained loyal to its avowed motto to date.

That is why Professor Ishaq Akintola and his Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has never been associated with any crime, act of violence or immorality up till today. We are therefore surprised that the DSS of Oyo State has invited this peace-loving Muslim rights activist simply because he questioned the forceful involvement of Muslim students in singing Christmas carol. We are asking ‘Is that a Crime?’

Why then has the DSS Oyo State invited our director? Or is it because he said Muslims should vote out Governor Makinde of Oyo State for condoning the repression of Muslim students in the state’s public schools? How many pastors has the DSS Oyo State invited for their provocative statements?

The DSS is a respected security institution. Oyo State DSS should not tarnish this good image by allowing itself to become a tool of persecution in the hands of the state governor. Besides, MURIC has always appreciated the role of all the security agencies in curbing insecurity in Nigeria and we have always condemned those unpatriotic elements who kill security agents and destroy their buildings. So what is our crime now?


It is well known that Yoruba Muslims are going through a lot of persecution and marginalization. MURIC happens to have been very vocal in condemning the violation of the fundamental human rights of Yoruba Muslims not only in Oyo State, or the South West but in Nigeria as a whole. The struggle for human rights has become a task of doing the right thing for the right people in this country. 

As such, Oyo State DSS ought to get the TRUTH reaching out to the reality on ground rather than taking steps capable of silencing the voice of the oppressed Muslims of Nigeria. As an institution of the federal republic of Nigeria, DSS is accountable and responsible to the entire Nigeria communities irrespective of their social, religious and political affiliation. DSS should be conscious of the rights of the Muslim Ummah as well as the rights of the Christians in Nigeria and it should not try to silence any group.

The invitation from Oyo State DSS to the Director of MURIC is seen by Nigerian Muslims as an attack on free speech among Muslims. It is being interpreted as meaning that Christians can say whatever they like but Muslims should keep quiet. DSS headquarters in Abuja has never been influenced by the current president of Nigeria to invite or arrest any of his bitter critics particularly pastors who spit out nothing but lies and incitement on a daily basis against this gentleman president. 

We advise DSS Oyo State to learn from its headquarters. The invitation to Akintola is already creating tension among Nigerian Muslims. What we need most now in Nigeria is peace. DSS Oyo State does not have to obey unlawful ‘instructions’ from anybody in the state. They shouldn't complicate the socio-economic stability in the South West.  

The Christian political and business elite in the South West has been in government as Governors, Deputy-Governors and commissioners for the past two decades excluding the Muslims out of the political space in Nigeria. Balance of the skewed political structures on this point is what Professor Ishaq Akintola is asking for.

Why should a particular religion (Christian) dominate the political space in South West states living side-by-side with the Muslim communities in the country? Who structured this abnormality in the South West?

DSS Oyo State is advised to avoid violating the fundamental human rights of our director. We are very worried that Oyo DSS wants him to travel from Lagos State to Oyo State in this period of insecurity just to answer questions. Is he a security threat?

We want their public relations department to tell Nigerians why a seventy year old man  and senior citizen should be made to go through such hazard.

Anyway, Muslims of Oyo State have said that they will all follow Akintola any time he is coming to the DSS office. Afterall he is fighting for them. This is something Oyo State DSS should try as much as possible to avoid. That invitation is seen as a form of harassment. It has provoked Oyo State Muslims. DSS should not try to silence Muslims.     


However, we need to state that MURIC is not an enemy of the DSS. It is only criminals and unpatriotic citizens who hate, kill or work against security agents of their country. On the contrary, MURIC really appreciates the role being played by the DSS in Nigeria against criminals and enemies of our great country. We want you to continue to protect innocent citizens. We are with you and we condemn all enemies of the Nigerian security agents. We condemn those who kill policemen and burn police stations. They are just adding to Nigeria’s security problems.

We advise all security agents to always formalize their invitation to suspects who have to come from long distances. Phone calls can be doubted. It can be exploited by criminals. Security agents should also use their nearest offices to invite those they intend to question. In these days of general insecurity, it is dangerous to invite somebody from Lagos to Ibadan, from Enugu to Port Harcourt, or from Kaduna to Abuja without escort. Security agents may be held responsible if something serious happens to those invited from long distances. Nigerian Muslims cherish Akintola. DSS should not endanger his life  by inviting him on phone next time.


Long Live the DSS. Long Live the Federal Republic of Nigeria.




Ustaz Yunus Salahudeen 


MURIC Abuja Chapter 


Dr. Muhammad Ahmad Ghali 


MURIC Abuja Chapter


Wednesday, December 21, 2022



22nd December, 2022




The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on the Ministry of Education in Lagos State to investigate and take visible punitive action against the principal of Eletu Odibo Junior High School and other teachers involved in the snatching of hijab from the head of a school girl.   



MURIC made the call on Thursday, 22nd December, 2022 through a press statement issued by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola.


The statement reads :


“Our attention has been drawn to an ugly scene whereby the principal of Eletu Odibo Junior High School, Mrs. Christiana Sofuye, ordered the forceful removal of the hijab from the head of a female student, Mujeebah AbdulQadri, a JSS 2 student of the school right on the school assembly (



“This action is provocative, unlawful, illegal, illegitimate and unconstitutional. Apart from constituting assault on the person of an innocent girl child, it is an act of contempt of the Supreme Court ruling of 17th July, 2022 which legitimised the use of hijab in Lagos schools.



“It is also an act of wilful disobedience to constituted authority particularly coming after the state government had issued a clear directive via an official circular that was given wide publicity ( This forceful removal is reckless, thoughtless and barbaric.



Attacking female Muslim students for using hijab is child abuse. It is flagrant violation of the United Nations Convention on Child’s Rights. Article 28 of the UN Convention lays emphasis on the right of every child to education. It says inter alia:


       All children have the right to a primary education… Discipline in

schools should respect children’s dignity. For children to benefit

from education, schools must be run in an orderly way – without

the use of violence. Any form of school discipline should take

into account the child's human dignity. Therefore, governments

must ensure that school administrators review their discipline

policies and eliminate any discipline practices involving physical

or mental violence, abuse or neglect.


“The personal dignity of Mujeebah AbdulQadri was infringed upon when her hijab was snatched from her head on the school assembly. The principal needs to be educated that the right to the dignity of the human person is entrenched in Section 34 (b) & (c) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended (2011) which says, ‘Every individual is entitled to respect for the dignity of his person’.



“Furthermore, the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights, Article 4, Clause 1 & 2 also says, ‘Human beings are inviolable. Every human being shall be entitled to respect for his life and the integrity of his person.’






“We are shocked to our marrows that Mrs. Sofuye could shun the Lagos State circular of 6th December, 2022 which ordered school administrators to allow the use of hijab. More disturbing is that no action has been taken against the culprits nine days after the ugly incident.



“This lackadaisical attitude is capable of giving the impression that the authorities are testing the will of the Lagos State Muslim community, condoning acts of impunity and illegality against them and promoting violence.


“Although MURIC does not condone violence, certain elements outside mainstream Islamic organisations in the state who are sympathetic to the cause of the victim of this act of unprovoked aggression and who also believe that nobody has the monopoly of violence may be tempted to take the law into their hands by physically confronting those who subject their loved ones either within or outside the school’s premises. This can be avoided by ensuring that justice is carried out and by giving publicity to action or actions taken by the authorities.


“This is why the Ministry of Education needs to move fast in ensuring swift and commensurate disciplinary action against the culprits. Apart from violating the law, there must be consequences for causing embarrassment to the state government.


“There is no gainsaying the fact that a school principal and her teachers who took actions contrary to the clear directive of the state government has embarrassed the latter. They need to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against them.


“The school principal and her teachers who are responsible for this act of impunity must not only be punished for their recalcitrance, they must be seen to have been adequately castigated. Presently there is tension among Lagos Muslims. Therefore, a mild disciplinary action like ordinary transfer may not appease frayed nerves. Only a visible, pragmatic and commensurate punitive action can de-escalate the tense atmosphere.”



Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)