Hijab Wearing Lawyer, Amasa Firdaus Finally Called To Bar

The Nigerian Law School has formally Call to Bar, a hijab wearing graduate of law from the University of Ilorin, Firdaus Amasa.

Firdaus was due to be called to the Bar on December 12, 2017 was denied because she wore a hijab.

Reports also say the Nigerian Body of Benchers has approved the use of hijab for Muslim women during the Call to Bar ceremony.

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) took over the young lawyer’s case since last year when she was turned down by authorities of the Law School for the her Call to Bar because was refused to removed her hijab.

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MURIC Welcomes Jolly Nyame’s Sentence

A group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has commended the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for doing a thorough investigation on the trial of ex Taraba Governor, Jolly Nyame.

Recall that Nyame was on Wednesday, sentenced to fourteen years imprisonment by a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory headed by Justice Adebukola Banjoko. The judge also ordered the refund of the sum of N1.64 billion diverted by the ex-governor since May, 2007. Mr Nyame spearheaded the fraudulent transfer of funds from the Taraba state’s treasury to Saman Global, a company which supplies office equipment and stationeries but the goods were never delivered.

MURIC, in a press statement signed by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, further lauded the judge who delivered the landmark judgement for her boldness and forthrightness.

The statement partly read: “There is no doubt that her pronouncement will serve as a deterrent for other kleptomaniacs in public service. This judgement marks the beginning of active participation of the judiciary and its cooperation with the executive in anti-graft war.

“In addition, we give kudos to the Federal Government (FG) for vigorously pursuing the war against corruption. Nyame’s imprisonment has cemented the resolve of this administration to bring about change in Nigeria. This will bring to five the number of ex-governors sent to jail since the beginning of President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption.

“Although he was later set free, James Bala Ngilari, ex-governor of Adamawa State, bagged five years in March 2017. Babangida Aliyu, former Niger State governor, tasted the bitter pill on 25th April, 2017 when he was remanded in prison. Sule Lamido, ex-governor of Jigawa State was also remanded in prison on 2nd May, 2017. Jonah Jang, the former governor of Plateau State was remanded in prison custody on May 16, 2018. It is an unprecedented challenge of the status quo ante.

“MURIC therefore calls on Nigerians to show appreciation for this positive development. It implies that there is light at the end of the tunnel. Those who had lost hope in the Nigerian project should now reposition themselves as more evidence has emerged to prove that the stage is set for a better Nigeria.

“The main reason for people losing hope in this country has been the general lack of accountability. Crooks in government were stealing with impunity and nobody was ever questioned or arrested. Our values were bastardised. Criminals were celebrated. But change is here. Those who stole our common patrimony are now being made to face the music. It therefore behoves true patriots to rally behind President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration.

“Finally, we urge FG to remain focused and consistent in its efforts to clean up the mess in Nigeria and to restore the good name of this great country in the comity of nations. There must be no retreat, no surrender. We charge other judges to emulate Justice Adebukola Banjoko. Judges must sum up enough courage to deal with executive thieves standing trial before them as quickly as possible.”

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Leah Sharibu: ‘CAN Wants To Give Cheap Victory To Boko Haram’ Says MURIC

A group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has described as “irrational, infantile and ungodly” the continuous threat and demonstration staged across the country by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).

MURIC, in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he said “It is unbecoming of men in the house of God to issue threats which are likely to lead to massive bloodshed.”

According to him, Boko Haram is using every available means to cause a war between Nigerian Christians and their Muslim neighbours as it is evident in the initial attacks on churches. “CAN leaders swallowed the bait at that time and they started accusing Muslims of sponsoring Boko Haram. Muslim leaders were patient,” Akintola stressed.

The statement partly read:

“CAN did not stop accusing Muslim leaders of connivance until they saw that Boko Haram was actually killing more Muslims than Christians.  This Leah Sharibu incident is Boko Haram’s last card along the same mission and we expect CAN leaders to know better. But CAN cannot. CAN has its own political agenda. Or does it really make sense? The hoodlums abducted girls and released all except the only Christian in their midst. It is part of the terrorists’ propaganda. They are anarchists seeking to throw the nation into higeldy-pigeldy.  Can’t CAN get it?

“We strongly suspect that CAN is deliberately creating a conundrum. Leah Sharibu was abducted. Who abducted her? Boko Haram. Muslim leaders have rejected Boko Haram. Muslims are also victims of Boko Haram. CAN now wants war. Against who? Against Muslims. Is it logical? Does it make sense at all? CAN is playing into the hands of Boko Haram. It would have made a little sense if CAN had said, “Boko Haram refused to release Lear Sharibu. Therefore we are going after Boko Haram insurgents. Sambisa Forest here we come.”

“The Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’d Abubakar, said ab initio that Boko Haram and all terrorists are evil. He called on all Nigerians to join hands with him to fight this evil. But now instead of fighting the transparent evil, CAN wants to fight the Muslims. We assure CAN that millions of Muslims will join if it makes a more responsible statement like asking Muslims to join Christians in invading Boko Haram hideouts in Sambisa. MURIC is ready for that.

“We are constrained to ask what kind of neighbours are CAN leaders? Why are they always threatening fire and brimstone? Is this bully complex compatible with the pastoral profession? Is it acceptable as a quality among religionists? We call the attention of the whole world to the belligerent attitude of Nigeria’s Christian leaders. The rest of the world should take note now so that it will be clear who is stoking the fire of war.

“CAN appears to be having a conflict of identity with its mission and vission running riots. Religious leaders are not expected to behave like young students seeking attention. We can understand when student leaders call for aluta but elderly men in cassock singing songs of war calls for serious introspection in order to avoid, among other things, the concomitant loss of respect even among followers.

“Come to think of it, where was CAN when General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd) as head of state ordered the killing of Odi people in Benue State? Where was CAN during the tenure of ex-president Jonathan when Boko Haram killed hundreds of Muslims and displaced thousands in the North East? Was CAN on sabbatical when hundreds were killed in the recurring Pleauteau communal killings before 2015? Were those thousands of lives lost during those periods not worth protesting for?

“So CAN can make noise now because a Muslim is in power? But CAN could look the other way when Christians were in power, particularly when the billions were flowing in the immediate past regime and Jerusalem trips were shorter than walks from home to church? We can understand this particularly now that the pecuniary tap in Aso Rock is dry.

“Instead of threatening war, the responsible thing to do as religious leaders is to dialogue with the government of the day in order to know its challenges. CAN is behaving as if the arsenal of weapons brought in via several clandestine flights in Jonathan’s days are yearning for use. All we heard was that one flight to South Africa scandalized Jonathan and Ayo Oritsejafor, the former president of CAN. We have evey reason to believe that several other flights had been successful before then and even after the exposure. Only those who have been preparing for war against their neighbours for years will be so bellicose and so daring.

“MURIC does not issue threats but nobody under the sun can make us tremble. It is not in our character. We face our destiny as Allah has designed it. Neither do we plot evil against our neighbours. We are ever willing to coexist peacefully with our Christian neighbours. Different faiths should not be the cause for hostilities. We have so many things in common. Humanity is numero uno among those things we have in common. Afterall we are all from Adam and Adam was from ordinary dust.

“We call on world leaders, the US, Britain, etc, to note the excesses of Nigerian Christian leaders. In particular, we invite Christian leaders in the West African subregion to counsel their brothers-in-Christ. We call for prayers for the innocent girl, Leah Sharibu. Let us pray that Allah will veer the terrorists’ minds towards setting her free within a very short time. Let us pray for her safety. Let us also pray for the safe return of the remaining Chibok girls.

“Before we round up, we plead with Christians from all walks of life to make CAN leadership see reason. What do they want to gain from war? The leaders of CAN should also be told to put their own children in the forefront when the war they threaten breaks out. CAN should stop all these attention-seeking gimmicks. We charge CAN to wage its war against Boko Haram ‘the evil’ and not against innocent, law-abiding and peace-loving Muslims. Aso Rock’s current landlord has no billions to doll out. Unlike his predecessor, he does not spray public money.”

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Why Fayemi Should Pick A Muslim Deputy – MURIC

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has admonished Dr. Kayode Fayemi, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for the July 2 Ekiti gubernatorial election to pick a Muslim as his Deputy.

In a press statement signed by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he noted with displeasure the rush at which Governor Fayose rushed to pick a Muslim Candidate for his Deputy, Kolapo Olusola, who is also a gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the election.

According to MURIC, the decision to pick a Muslim candidate for Olusola was borne out of a “selfish reason.”

The stateemnt partly read: “Ekiti Muslims should not repose their trust in Ayodele Fayose because of his antecedents. Fayose, a Muslim-hater, is bending all over to exploit Muslims. Having realized that his time is up and that his choice candidate has a very slim chance, Fayose is now courting Muslim votes to shore up his lapses.

“Fayose wants to eat his cake and still have it. But what did he do with the Muslims during his tenure? How many Muslims did he appoint to political positions? MURIC cried out in September 2015 over Fayose’s all Christian cabinet. What does Fayose think he can still do for Muslims when he had a Christian Deputy Governor, a Christian speaker, a Christian Deputy Speaker, and a Christian Chief of Staff? What does he and his party want with Muslims now after ignoring our cries for four good years? It is too late. Clowning will not help. Wearing turban will not help either. The die is cast.

“All the state’s judges under Fayose are Christians. All the fourteen (14) commissioners in the State are Christians. All the twenty six (26) permanent secretaries are Christians. Fayose only gave Muslims one Special adviser. Special adviser my foot!

“He did not stop there. All the state’s 5-member boards are Christians including Only one Muslim is a board member in the whole of Ekiti. The 7-member boards of colleges of education and that of health technology are all Christians. All the sixteen (16) education secretaries are Christians while all the sixteen (16) local government caretaker chairmen are Christians except one.

“Fayose deliberately impoverished Muslims. Even the Muslim deputy he has picked now is the only local government chairman in the state. So he is not new in Fayose’s administration. It is a dirty trick. Muslims in the state should ‘shine their eyes’ very well.

“Those who say South West people are tolerant should borrow a leaf from this. It is the Muslims who are bearing the brunt. There is no religious tolerance in the South West. As individual Christians and Muslims, yes. We live together in the same houses and work together in the same workplaces. Christians and Muslims exist in the same families. We also intermarry. But as a body of Muslims, capital ‘NO’. Anything that will benefit South West Muslims or Islam as an institution is always fiercely resisted by South West Christians.

“The only way to checkmate Fayose now is for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to also pick a Muslim as his running mate. Muslims in the state know Fayemi very well. Unlike Fayose who is a Muslim-hater, Fayemi showed Muslims love when he was governor in the state. Fayemi’s wife, a very decent woman, is a practicing Muslim. It was Fayemi, a Christian governor, who made the bold move of issuing the circular which allowed female Muslim students in the state to use hijab. Fayemi is a liberal to the core.

“MURIC wants Ekiti Muslims to know their true friends and to know those who want to deceive them. “Fool me once, shame on you. But fool me again, shame on me.” There goes the wise saying. We will not be enslaved twice. Was it not Fayose who went on mosque-demolition sprees? Is it so long ago? Who ordered the shutting down of your Arabic classes in Ado Ekiti?

“Was it not the same Fayose who got power-drunk that he publicly lambasted our revered Shaykh Muhyideen the famous Ansarud-deen preacher? Can he do that to his pastor? What did his party do about his atrocities? Did they make any attempt to placate Muslims in the state? Fayose is a Muslim hater and Ekiti Muslims should not come near him with a long pole, particularly at this crucial period. Those who have ignored us and oppressed us all this while cannot, with any iota of sincerity, claim to be our friends in election period.

“In the meantime we exhort all Muslims in Ekiti State to get their PVCs. We are not advocating religion as a criterion in voting. Vote for true democrats and cool-headed politicians. Vote for diligence. Vote for integrity. Avoid Fayose and other unpredictable politicians who have made life miserable for you in the past. Avoid those who demolish your mosques and those who closed your Arabic classes. It is pay back time and the exercise is just beginning. We can’t wait to see Fayose in Kirikiri. The evil that men do.”

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Senate Should Leave IGP Alone – MURIC

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has described Senate’s declaration of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr Ibrahim Kpotum, ‘an enemy of democracy’ as “combative, reckless and lawless.”

The group, in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, berated the Senate for publishing list of violent killings in the country stressing that no country is free of crime.

The statement read:

Senate could have done better if it had balanced it objectively by supplying a list of achievements of the Nigerian Police. What if the police now decide to draw its own list of achievements? Nigerians will then have two public agencies working at cross-purposes courtesy of an overbearing Senate. Is that responsible? Is it wise? Is it patriotic? Does it portray Senate members as a serious bunch?

Let us jog Senate’s memory with a few achievements of the Nigerian Police in recent times. The arrest of big time criminals like Evans the kidnap kingpin; the Offa dare-devil armed robbers who killed 17 people in a single operation; Ibrahim Umar who confessed that he used to drink the blood of kidnapped victims and Niger State kidnap specialist Matarari Saidu.

Just yesterday, 14th May, 2018, police nabbed Barau Ibrahim a.k.a. Rambo, touted to be one of the most wanted kidnappers who also dabbles into armed robbery and assassination. Rambo was notorious for terrorizing Birnin Gwari axis of Kaduna State, Abuja-Kaduna-Kano expressway and Zamfara State. But what do the police get from Senate for all these? Disdain, humiliation, intimidation and even more. How do you expect the citizens to respect the police and repose confidence in them if you, our lawmakers, treat them like errand boys?

Even if we did not see all the above achievements of the police, at least one case was reported by MURIC headquarters in 2017 and we still marvel at the speed with which the police handled the matter. A luxurious bus in which a female youth corper and member of MURIC serving in the North was ordered to stop by hoodlums between Abuja and Kogi states. The driver was shot dead for refusing to stop. The spare driver took over the wheels and was able to park safely at a distance.

The occupants spilled into the bush and from there our member put a call to us at 12 midnight. We called a commissioner of police who requested for the corper’s number. Within 30 minutes, police had surrounded the location and we soon received a call from the Abuja Police Commissioner who assured us that the corper was now safe in a police van.

The Nigerian Police is a reliable police force. Give them modern weapons, vehicles, communication gadgets, a good salary, a motivative welfare package and they will perform wonders. The Nigerian Police which has just a little over 317,000 men is protecting more than 193 million Nigerians when global best practices is one policeman to every 500 civilians. Some of them buy their own shoes and uniforms. They are poorly equipped, overwhelmed, overworked but underpaid. At least they do not enjoy the luxury of taking home N13.5 million every month (or is it really N29 million?).

Senate should be promoting the interest of policemen if indeed our senators know their duties. They should fight for police welfare. Every Egyptian policeman had a pistol and a walkie-talkie even as far back as 1975 whereas it is a whole police station that manages a single walkie-talkie in the Nigeria of 2018. This is a big shame but our lawmakers care less. Yet it is the same policemen they want to ridicule who are guarding them day and night. Can’t our lawmakers be grateful for once?

Senate should leave the IG of police alone. Let the man concentrate on his job. Respect begets respect but Senate has no modicum of respect for other arms of government. What happened to the principle of separation of powers? Senate appears to be harbouring overambitious elements in the red chamber.

MURIC gives kudos to the IG of police for resisting Senate’s impetuous maneuvers. He has proved that he is a seasoned professional. Nigeria needs men like him who will not start shivering because lawmakers are barking orders at them. It is true that uniformed men should submit to civilian authority in a democracy but that is when the civilian authority issues legitimate orders. Our uniformed men should always resist ego-induced, illegitimate and unlawful directives.

This Senate is in the habit of intimidating public figures with its irrational invitations. Yet some of those invitations are not in the interest of the tax-payer. Customs’ boss Ahmadu Ali was similarly harassed. He attended Senate but was ordered to appear in customs uniform which he rightly challenged and to date Senate has not been able to do anything about it. Of what benefit was Senate’s order to the hoi polloi?

All these boil down to the fact that Senate does not know its limits. Senate is overreaching its powers. The red chamber is overbearing, arrogant. Nigerians are witnessing parliamentary tyranny. It is nothing short of the dictatorship of an oligarchy.

Instead of facing its work squarely, Senate is obstructing the executive arm of government. About seven months after receiving the budget, Senate is yet to pass it. Is the red chamber just a place for taking naps? With all sense of responsibility, we fully endorse Professor Sagay’s description of Senate as the worst in the history of Nigeria.

If members of Senate are not on jolly rides to the tribunal for an hocus pocus, they are in the National Hospital, Abuja, for a comedy. Is this why we voted for you? Is this how you are representing us? Who did this to Nigeria? Who gave us court jesters? If we had known, we would have gone to Nollywood to pick the best actors and actresses as our lawmakers. At least then we would know what to expect.

To add salt to injury, our senators acted scene V of the Mother of All Mockeries when the Senate President donned his stethoscope to dramatise a checkup of Senator Dino Milaye on hospital bed. Is Saraki telling us that the doctors attending to Dino Melaye are unqualified or inexperienced? Our humble suggestion is that Saraki should move to the National Hospital, Abuja, to take over the duties of the Chief Medical Officer in order to personally attend to his anointed senator with whom he is well pleased. Senate has been turned into a huge theater where the senate president is the major dramatis personae.

To cut a long story short, Senate should leave the IG alone, stop playing the enfant terrible with the executive arm, desist from obstructing the cause of justice, migrate from Nollywood and face its real duty of legislating.

 

 

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MURIC Mourns CAN Secretary Musa Asake

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has commiserated with President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Dr. Adebayo Oladeji, members of his executive as well as the entire body of Christ in Nigeria, over the death of its Secretary, Rev. Musa Asake.

A press statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, reads”

“We are with his mourners in spirit at this trying period. Our hearts are heavy with sadness. In particular, our hearts go to his widow, Mrs. Asake, the biological and spiritual children he left behind, his brothers and sisters. We pray that Almighty Allah will give them all the strength to bear this great loss.

“We invite Christian youths to emulate Rev. Musa Asake. He was a great man. He was passionate about discipline and hardwork. He worked tirelessly for a better and more secure Nigeria. He was deeply committed to what he believed in and he left behind a legacy of activism, industry and patriotism. His sudden demise has left a yawning gap which will be difficult to fill.

“We remind Nigerians that death is a necessary end and nobody knows when it will be his or her turn. But what matters is what we leave behind. Let us therefore seek a better and more secure life for our country, our children and generations yet unborn

“As we round up, we charge religious leaders to learn from the lessons which the late Rev. Musa Asake left behind. These include forging love between Christians, Muslims and traditionalists in Nigeria. Our children must not grow up to hate one another. Our children must not grow into a world of rancor and animosity. Despite our differences, Musa Asake was an epitome of love, goodwill, humility, forgiveness and tolerance. We disagreed on matters of faith but we always agreed on issues affecting our dear country, Nigeria and humanity.”

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Muslim Group Warns NASS To Halt Plot To Impeach Buhari

A Muslim Group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has issued a stern warning to the National Assembly not to proceed with the plot to impeach President Muhammadu Buhari.

Recall that Senator representing Edo South Senatorial District, and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Matthew Urhoghide, had on April 24, moved a motion on the floor of the Senate, asking his colleagues to invoke Section 143 of the Nigerian Constitution to remove the President because the latter approved the sum of $496 million for the purpose of purchasing 12 Super Tucano war planes without recourse to the NASS.

The group, in a statement by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said it “is stupefied by the attitude of members of the NASS. It is bellicose and extremely hostile. The body language of Nigeria’s current legislators manifests an acute desertification of parliamentary acumen.”

The statement read in part:

“It would have been a different story if Buhari had approved such an amount to buy more jets for the presidential fleet or for members of his family. But this is to increase the combat readiness of our own military for crying out loud! Our legislators are standing logic on its head.

“Boko Haram insurgents occupied seventeen local governments in Borno State and threatened two other states in the North East: Adamawa and Yobe because the Jonathan administration adopted a lackadaisical attitude to insecurity in the region. Money meant for the purchase of arms for the military to fight the insurgents was fraudulently shared among party faithfuls.

“What did the NASS do for former President Goodluck Jonathan in 1914 when Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor’s private jet which was stuffed with $9.3 million by Jonathan was smuggled out of Nigeria to South Africa for ‘procurement of arms’? Why was Jonathan’s unprincipled procedure overlooked while Buhari’s transparent, standard and conventional global process must be castigated? What manner of legislating is this? Who gave us these legislators? Who did this to Nigeria?

“Who appropriated the $9.3 million for Jonathan for the procurement of arms in South Africa? Did he even write to the National Assembly to merely notify them about his intention to procure those arms? Can anyone compare that to Buhari’s transparent gesture? Is it not a mark of moral jaundice to demonise a noble deal while a crooked transaction is idolised? Or what did the NASS dominated by the  PDP at the time do after the Jonathan-Oritsejafor dollar smuggling scandal burst?

“By the way, who appropriated the $2.1 billion arms funds that President Jonathan carted away and shared to his campaigners? Money meant for fighting insecurity converted to campaign fund for Jonathan’s second term and the NASS turned a blind eye.

“This should have been the focus of those organizing or instigating demonstrations over the current general insecurity. This is where the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) got it wrong. They should have asked Jonathan certain pertinent questions. They should have reminded him of what he did to this country. The hard fact is that Jonathan paralysed Nigeria’s security apparatus.

“Which NASS appropriated for Jonathan all the billions of dollars he took from the Excess Crude Account with nothing to show for the billions? Did the PDP dominated NASS ever say anything about those illegalities? So why is the current NASS taking on Buhari for doing the needful?

“Is it because they want Buhari to fail in his determination to fight insurgency? Is it because the war against corruption is succeeding? Are our legislators unhappy because the looting tap is now dry? Must they vent their spleen on a frugal president, a president who has refused to waste public funds? Is it because they are scared of a second term presidency for Buhari? Or is it because there is no under-the-table cut in the Super Tucano agreement for some interests in the NASS? Sorry but it is not in Buhari’s character. The party is over.

“Are the British Commons and the Lords listening? Is the American Congress paying any attention to this bastardisation of parliamentary values and degradation of legislative norms in Nigeria? Insecurity has reached a scandalizing peak in Nigeria but our legislators want to remove the president for striking a neat deal to purchase arms in order to effectively combat terrorism.

“Demonstrations are being staged around the country over insecurity but our legislators care less. We are already in the month of May but our legislators are yet to pass a budget submitted to them about eight months ago. NASS owes Nigerians an explanation. Is it because their palms have not been greased as usual? It is just a question. No wonder foreign governments refer to Nigeria as ‘fantastically corrupt’

“We assure members of the NASS that no matter what they do, Nigerians are proud of Buhari: this is a president who is still using his predecessor’s old cars three years after. Unlike most Nigerian politicians, although he has been a former military head of state, a former military governor, a garrison commander, chairman of the defunct Petroleum Trust Fund (PTF), he has no private jet, no foreign account, no fleet of cars and no hilltop palatial houses.

“Unlike his predecessor, Buhari’s wife uses commercial planes when travelling outside Nigeria and his ministers are not even allowed to fly first class either within or outside the country. This is why Nigerians are passionate about Buhari.

“Members of the NASS must tell Nigerians: are you with us or are you with the enemies of Nigeria? If you are with us you must leave Buhari alone. If you are with us you must drop that irrational, odious and insidious move to impeach the people’s president. It is preposterous and highly reprehensible for anyone to contemplate impeaching the most transparent president Nigeria ever had.

“It is a big shame that the NASS tolerated thieves for 16 years but find it difficult to tolerate a honest man for three years! We can understand. We know Buhari is a pain in the ass for looters.

“In a nutshell, we warn the NASS to stop Buhari’s impeachment process or face the wrath of Nigerians and the anger of the civilized world. Many receive advice, but only the wise profit by it.”

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CAN Protest: We Are All Victims, Says MURIC

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said both Christians and Muslims have been victims of the killings around the country.

This is coming after the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) staged a demonstration in Lagos, Akure, Osogbo and Ado-Ekiti  over killings across the country, especially in the Middle Belt region.

A statement by the Director of the MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola said 36 Muslims were killed in Birane Village in Zurmi Local Council, Zamfara State on February 16, 2018. Six Muslims were killed in Jidari Polo area of Maiduguri on April 26, 2018.

“Even yesterday, Sunday 29th April, 2018, another 15 Muslims were killed in Bawon-Daji village, in Anka District of Zamfara. Again, more than 12 Muslims were waylaid and killed in Makurdi, the Benue State capital, when the corpses of the two priests killed in the Benue church attack were brought to the city. These are verifiable attacks by those free of the ‘lazymania’ virus,” Akintola stated.

The group in its statement acknowledged the rights of groups to express themselves in a democratic setting, saying “We also commend the Christian protesters for conducting themselves peacefully. We affirm clearly, categorically and unequivocally that life is sacred and no Nigerian citizen, whether Christian or Muslim, deserves to be killed.”

“Who is doing the killings? Who are the culprits? Boko Haram insurgents, inflitrators from Libya, ISIS, local militiamen and certain disgruntled and unpatriotic elements who are keen on causing instability and discrediting this administration are top on our list of suspects,” it added.

MURIC stressed that the present administration cannot overcome all the security challenges facing the country at the moment, particularly if it continues to rely on the resources presently at its disposal. Any politician promising something else is deceiving Nigerians.

“The truth of the matter is that Nigeria as at today lacks the wherewithal to fight insecurity of this dimension. The United Nations recommends at least one policeman to every 499 persons. Yet with a population of 193 million people, Nigeria has just 317,000 policemen, about 100,000 soldiers and approximately 33,000 men of the Department of Secret Services (DSS). This is far below expectation.

“The way forward is for all patriotic citizens to join hands with the government in its quest for a peaceful society. Let us allow peace to reign in other parts of the country so that the military can concentrate on Boko Haram. This is the time for religious leaders to eschew acrobatic religiousity. It is the time for the citizenry to abandon gymnastic ethnicity. We must announce a ceasefire across Nigeria and embrace one another.

“Still on the panacea to insecurity in our dear country, MURIC supports peaceful protests to pressurize government to employ more security operatives. Si vis pacem para bellum (i.e. if you want peace, prepare for war), at least an additional 200,000 policemen, 50,000 soldiers and 15,000 men of the secret police must be recruited in the next few months if the Federal Government is serious about overcoming the present security challenges. In addition, sophisticated weapons and modern communication gadgets must be procured for our security agents so that they can be better prepared to face the battle ahead.”

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MURIC Urges FG To Arrest Benue Church Attackers

A Muslim Group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has urged the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to with immediate effect, arrest the perpetrators of Tuesday killings of worshippers and Catholic Priests in Benue State.

Recall that militia men had invaded St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Ayar-Mbalom in Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State, and killed 15 worshippers including two Catholic priests, Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha.

In a press statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he described the killings as “wicked, repulsive and barbaric.”

According to him, killing for vengeance, religious or ethnic reason is not only primitive but also sinful.

“We are constrained to observe that most of the killings around the Middle Belt area are ignited by hate speech. We therefore appeal to Nigerians to exercise caution in their utterances, to respect human life, tolerate and forgive one another. Every peaceful community is a round hole whereas vengeance is a square peg. It is therefore an alien instrument designed to cause commotion,” Akintola said.

The group however implored the IGP to bring the killers of the worshippers in St. Ignatius Catholic Church to book.

“We implore the Federal Government to do everything possible to stop the carnage in the country, particularly in Benue and Taraba,” the statement added.

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Muslim Group Backs President Buhari, Insists Nigerians Are Lazy

A Muslim Group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said President Muhammadu Buhari’s description of the Nigerian situation regarding its youths was “apt, precise and succinct.”

In a press statement signed by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, it said instead of commending President Buhari who has shown to be a truthful leader, Nigerians started calling him names.

“We have seen many youths functioning as political thugs as the 2019 general elections approach. They have started vandalizing properties and disrupting political gatherings. Can anybody tell us that those political thugs are old men?

“What of the herdsmen who are terrorizing innocent farmers around the country? Are they not young people? Are they not lazy? Are the kidnappers who make life unbearable for innocent people not lazy? But are they not youths? Has anyone seen elderly people among Boko Haram insurgents and Niger Delta militants? What of the ‘area boys’ syndrome and the al-majiri phenomenon? Are the Yahoo Yahoo boys not of the same age bracket? Are they not all lazy?” Akintola queried.

Many more question asked by the group read: “What of the ‘agberos’ or touts who have now spilled out of motor parks unto the streets and bus stops? What responsible work are they doing? Are they not youths? What do they contribute to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP)? All they do is to stand at the bus stops to extort money from drivers of commercial vehicles. Are they not lazy? When will Nigerians admit this reality? Who pulled the wool over our faces?”

He quoted the words of Governor Dickson in a media chat on 17th May, 2016. who was alleged to have said, “Bayelsans are so lazy, they want everything free, they don’t want to work”.

The 25th September 2017 edition of a northern-based newspaper also reportedly quoted Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as saying, “Northerners are lazy” while General Babangida (rtd) allegedly opined during a BBC Hausa service interview of 16th April, 2010, “The Nigerian youth is useless, cannot lead.” Senator Shehu Sani added flavour to this in December 2017 when he reportedly said “Northerners are lazy and unproductive”.

“During the launching of a book written by Chief Gani Fawehinmi in 1974, Chief Obafemi Awolowo complained that, “The trouble with many of our youths is that they sleep too much; play too much; and indulge too much in idle chatter and gossip.”

“If indeed the above were the views of a governor from the South South, a leader from the South West, a former military president, an ex-vice president and a distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, all of whom are from the North, it stands to reason that Buhari has not said anything new. Neither is this pragmatic assessment of citizens by their leaders limited to Nigeria. During a town hall event overseas, ex-President Barrack Obama referred to Americans as lazy.

“Islam abhors idleness and laziness. It appreciates the dignity of labour. The Glorious Qur’an implores every man to work hard, “Tell them to work. (If they do) Allah, His Messenger and the believers (citizens) will appreciate their work” (Qur’an 9:105).

“To round up, we invite Nigerian politicians to brace up for a new political culture of probity, accountability and pragmatism. We call on the youths to abandon the counter-productive race for emergency wealth, to shun betting and to concentrate on education, training and hardwork. We charge parents to inculcate core values of honesty, dignity and diligence in their offsprings,” the statement added.

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MURIC Demands Withdrawal Of Jonathan’s N100 Note From Circulation

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the federal government to with immediate effect, withdraw from circulation the N100 note issued by former President Goodluck Jonathan.

In a press statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, it noted that the major feature of that banknote was the removal of Arabic Ajami.

“Nigerians consider Jonathan’s N100 note inferior to others printed earlier. It is of very low quality. It tears easily. It lacks second hand value. It grows soft and fragile with time, thereby making it difficult to handle or fold in people’s pockets or wallets. It has therefore failed as a veritable means of exchange. Placed side by side with the old N100 note which still has the Arabic Ajami inscription and which is still in circulation, Jonathan’s N100 shrinks into oblivion,” the statement read.

The group described the N100 note as “a fiscal embarrassment, a huge disappointment and a colossal waste of the nation’s scarce resources. Three and a half years on, Jonathan’s N100 note has qualified for the worst banknote ever printed in Nigeria. It is a national disgrace. This banknote should be withdrawn from circulation.”

Professor Akintola further lamented the removal of Arabic inscriptions on the note, saying there has been surreptitious pressure from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for the removal of Arabic from the naira.

He said: “But Nigerians need to know that this move was calculated to hurt the Muslim population and may end up as a disservice to the nation. The average Northerner cannot read any other script except in Arabic Ajami and anyone who wants to communicate with him effectively must use the Ajami, not even writings in Hausa language can help in this matter. Millions of Northerners have therefore been marginalized by removing the Arabic Ajami from Jonathan’s poor quality N100 note and Obasanjo’s N5, N10, N20 and N50 denominations.

“The removal of Arabic Ajami is being interpreted as an attempt to discourage the learning and use of Arabic language which is the language of the Glorious Qur’an. It is a sensitive religious matter. Nobody can do this in Nigeria and expect the Muslims to organize a carnival for him. But as usual, our leaders manifest the noun ‘deaf’ and the verb ‘to ignore’.”

“We affirm that Jonathan’s N100 note was a scam. We therefore call for a probe. We warn against any attempt by any future Nigerian leader to remove Arabic Ajami from the few remaining denominations. We will not hesitate to deploy every constitutional means at our disposal to stop such an attempt now or in future,” he added.

 

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Muslim Group Condemns Attack On Atiku’s Campaign Office

A group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has condemned in strong terms, the violent attack on the Katsina State campaign office of ex-Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

A statement by Professor Ishaq Akintola, Director of the group, described the attack as shocking, retrogressive, counter-productive, barbaric and satanic.

The statement partly read: “Political violence belongs to the Stone Age. We expect that Nigerians should have risen above such backwardness. This is why we are disappointed that Nigerians once again are revisiting this archaic political culture. Does it mean we lack any iota of civilization? Are we so politically naïve that we still believe that violence is capable of stopping anyone’s political ambition? It was political violence which led to the first military coup in Nigeria. Are we so forgetful?

“We remind youths to eschew violence. The children of political leaders are either in Britain, Canada or the United States. Few of them keep their children in Nigeria. Their children attend foreign schools. None of them allows his children to join political rallies. Their children do not wear party T-shirts or caps. They don’t wave party flags. Our young ones should stop being stupid. They should grow up and learn. They should stop doing the dirty works of politicians. The hooligans of today cannot be the leaders of tomorrow. Those who employ you as thugs will never give you enough money to take you to the next level.”

The statement further added: “How much were the thugs paid to attack Atiku’s campaign office? Is it enough to pay their house rent? Is it enough to start a business? Is it enough to feed for one week? Is it enough to pay their children’s school fees? All they could be given is a paltry sum like N5,000. But they will also supply them with weapons and drugs. Are the youth so blind that they don’t know that whoever gives them weapons and drugs is out to destroy them?

“Is that weapon a degree certificate? Is that drug the key to a new building or a new car? Can that politician give his own children the same weapons to go on rampage? Can he allow his own children to follow the thugs on that dangerous assignment? Why should the children of the poor function as thugs while children of the rich and powerful ride Ferrari and Lambogini in foreign countries? Who did this to Nigerian youths?”

The group however charged the Nigerian Police to fish out the perpetrators of the destruction, saying “the culprits must be dealt with according to the law. We urge Nigerian youths to distance themselves from politicians who wish to use them for violence. They will use them now and dump them after the elections. We call on parents to sermonise their young children.”

The group further suggested that any political party linked to violence should be suspended for three consecutive elections in the local government where the violence occurred while politicians who sponsor violence should be barred from holding any public post after the election.

“Apart from that, such a politician should be arrested and prosecuted. We warn those behind the attack to stop forthwith. Nigeria will not earn the respect of the international community as long as we engage in political violence,” it added.

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