Your Apology Is Deceitful, Half-Hearted And Not Comprehensive, MURIC Tells PDP

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has described the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) apology as “deceitful” saying it they are still arrogant and unrepentant.

Earlier, National Chairman of the PDP, Mr. Uche Secondus, apologized to Nigerians for mistakes made by the party while in power.

However, in a press statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. it said the apology failed to mention if the stolen loots money will be returned and failed to address the widespread corruption during it’s reign.

“Does Secondus expect Nigerians to swallow that dry apology hook, line and sinker? No, the tides have turned. Nigerians are now wiser,” the statement read.

The statement partly read: “Who is the PDP trying to deceive? For the avoidance of doubt, Nigerians did not sack PDP because its governors could not agree among themselves. Nigerians sent PDP packing because of its kleptomania and its flair for sharing money meant for building roads, electricity, education, etc, among its leaders. Before PDP can think of coming back, the party must tell us that it has agreed that stealing is corruption. Not only that, it must offer unreserved apology to the Nigerian hoi polloi for making that sweeping and misleading statement.  Until they change that erroneous ideology, we will not touch PDP with a long pole.

“PDP’s apology is deceitful because even its megaphones do not believe that any apology should be offered. They are still arrogant and unrepentant. Femi Fani-Kayode, a PDP chieftain and firebrand megaphone lambasted Uche Secondus for apologizing. Femi Fani-Kayode’s body language, coupled with Fayose’s hateful comportment and utterances since PDP fell from grace to grass are indubitable evidence of lack of remorse and unmitigated impunity. He who must come to equity must come with clean hands. PDP must be kept at bay.

“How can PDP’s megaphones still have the temerity to bark at Nigerians after the party’s colossal vandalisation of our common patrimony? Nigeria remained underdeveloped for the 16 years of PDP’s misrule. Electricity was epileptic. The education sector was comatose. PDP over-pampered lawmakers and allowed them to allocate scandalous amounts to themselves. It is now difficult to tame them. “

It added that the PDP is responsible for Nigeria’s plight with an average Nigerian still living on less than $2 per day, and Per capita income less than $300.

“Nigerian roads are the best for suicide drivers. Our hospitals are only suitable for getting rid of business rivals, unwanted relations and confirmed enemies. Young and talented Nigerians seek greener pasture abroad and the unfortunate ones end up as slaves and prostitutes in foreign lands. More than 80% Nigerians live under poverty level. 11 million Nigerians are malnourished. Worse still, only 1% of the Nigerian population has arrogated 85% of the commonwealth to themselves leaving only 15% to the remaining vast majority of 99%. As a result, the life span of the average Nigerian which was 70 years before independence is now 47.

“The thieves are now confessing. Let us have more confessions. Even those who vehemently denied stealing are begging for bargaining. Election riggers are admitting their atrocities a la Mantu. They are begging Nigerians for forgiveness but they are unwilling to return stolen funds. Yet they want to control our destiny come 2019. They told us stealing is not corruption so they want to come back to steal. Are we so gullible? Why is it so easy to manipulate us? Napoleon said men are ruled by toys but here Nigerians are being ruled by nothingness. They are being ruled by emptiness, hunger, starvation, disease and sheer mirage. Who did this to Nigeria?

“MURIC’s CTT also noted that PDP’s apology was misplaced. If PDP thinks it can maradonise Nigerians with a deceitful apology, the party must be told that there are Nigerians who are capable of analyzing every statement, every phrase and every word uttered by the party. The apology ostensibly offered to Nigerians was actually meant for governors and other influential chieftains who decamped from the PDP. It was not meant for poor people like us. It was not for the electorate, but for big politicians whom they have always used to deceive the electorate.

“This fact became glaring from the speech of Chief Bode George at the same occasion where the ‘apology’ was offered. He said PDP was apologizing to party stalwarts who left the party “to return from the wilderness”. It is therefore clear that PDP did not really apologise to Nigerians, rather it apologized to its former chieftains. T o the PDP, traumatized and dehumanized masses deserve no apology.

“Without being partisan, it is only fair to give all parties equal chances. PDP had a field day and that party cannot deny it. We gave PDP 16 good years but like the proverbial prodigal son, it wasted our resources. Objectivity demands that now that another party is in power and that ruling party has embarked on various construction projects, we should allow the party to prove its mettle.

“Allow the projects of the ruling party to mature. Then we can compare and contrast. If it is true that PDP was in power for 16 good years, it stands to reason that we cannot fully assess the ruling party, in just four years. The All Progressives Congress (APC) needs at least another four years for its projects to mature and for Nigerians to fully assess it. Corruption is a highly contagious disease. PDP should just remain in quarantine.

“As we round up, we urge PDP to give us a break. What the party should do if it really means well for this country is to offer a holistic apology, admit its wrongs (including massive and unprecedented corruption) return stolen funds, announce a moratorium of at least four more years before thinking of returning to power and identify a credible presidential candidate, possibly for 2027. In the interregnum, PDP can plan ahead for a corruption-free Nigerian environment in future. 2019 is not on the table.”

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MURIC Urges Prayer For Leah Sharibu, Reiterates Commitment To A United Nigeria

As the world celebrates the remembrance of the cruxification of Jesus Christ on the Cross, a Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has urged Nigerians to pray for the remaining lone girl with Boko Haram, Leah Sharibu.

Recall that Leah Sharibu was among the school girls kidnapped in Dapchi, Yobe State, but wasn’t freed due to her decision not to renounce her faith.

In a press statement signed by MURIC’s Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he urged Nigerians to remember Leah in prayer, saying she took her decision in good fight.

His words: “Let us remember her with prayers. May God grant her more strength and embolden her in her trying moments. May the good Lord also soften the hearts of her captors to make them release her. Our prayer point should also accommodate the remaining Chibok girls who are still in the hands of the terrorists.”

On the Federal Government plan to offer amnesty to Boko Haram insurgents, Professor Akintola said It should not be seen as a sign of weakness or surrender, rather it is the wisest thing to do at the moment.

“Nigeria needs a peaceful environment for full economic recovery and political stability. Amnesty is also in the interest of our young daughters who are still being held by Boko Haram. It is capable of softening the hearts of the insurgents and reducing their restlessness.

“As talks of amnesty continue, we jog FG’s memory to make freedom for Leah Sharibu numero uno matter on the table. Boko Haram’s jaundiced and selective justice has singled her out as a major priority,” it added.

The group also reiterate its commitment to a united Nigeria, saying it has extended its hands of fellowship to Christian neighbours.

“It is not ideal to worship God and hate His creatures at the same time. The faith of others is of no consequence to those who know that God is Love. Humanity must be a priority. Those who cannot love unconditionally cannot worship in faith and in spirit,” the statement added.

 

 

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Dapchi Girls: FG Should Negotiate Release Of Leah Sherubu, Says MURIC

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has urged the federal government not to relent in securing the release of Leah Sherubu, one of the Dapchi school girls who refused to put on hijab and convert to Islam.

In a press statement by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he condemned Boko Haram’s attempt to compel Leah to use hijab, and the attempt to force her to convert to Islam.

The statement read:

“We reiterate for the umpteenth time that Boko Haram’s doctrine is heretical and its methods stand in contradistinction to those of pristine Islam. The Glorious Qur’an asserts that there is no compulsion in Islam (2:256). It says Allah himself could have made the whole mankind Muslims if He had wished (11:118). It forbids forceful conversion or punishment of non-Muslims by Muslims and limits the role of Muslims to admonitions alone (lasta alayhinm bimusaytirin 88: 21 – 24). Furthermore, it declares that each shall have the right to follow his or her religion (lakunm diinukunm wa liya diin 109:1 – 6).

“Once again we reject Boko Haram as an Islamic group. We urge the leadership and members of the group to re-examine its ideological base. Leah Sherubu must be set free because the basis for holding her after setting her schoolmates free is faulty and unIslamic.

“We invite the Federal Government (FG) to widen the scope of dialogue with Boko Haram by incorporating doctrinal issues. Islamic scholars should be involved in such discussions with the insurgents. This process is sine qua non for the deradicalisation of Boko Haram. Military defeat of Boko Haram alone amounts to a pyrrhic victory without ideological re-engineering.

“We charge (FG) to go back to the negotiation table in order to secure the release of the only Christian girl among the Dapchi girls who is being held back by the insurgents. Nigerians have been united in their prayers for the release of the Dapchi girls. FG should note that Boko Haram is not as daft as many people think. By withholding the Christian girl, they seek to divide Nigerians once again along religious lines.

“MURIC expresses solidarity with the parents of Leah Sherubu, the Christian girl in captivity. Our hearts are heavy with grief over her plight. We salute her courage. Shame on Boko Haram for oppressing a lone, vulnerable and helpless girl. Shame on all those who suppress freedom of worship. We appeal to Nigerians to invoke special prayers in the mosques and churches for this Christian girl who had the courage to stare her oppressors in the face. We should also continue to pray for the remaining Chibok girls.

“As we round up, we repeat our exhortation to the Nigerian authorities: to set Leah Sherubu free is a task that must be done.”

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Muslim Group Commends President Buhari Over Safe Return Of Dapchi School Girls

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has expressed joy and felicitate with President Muhammadu Buhari over the safe return of the abducted female students of the Government Girls Secondary Technical College (GGSTC) Dapchi, Yobe State.

The group in a statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola stated that the expedite release of the Dapchi school girls shows a clear difference between the Buhari-led administration and the immediate past President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Recall that over 200 school girls were abducted by Boko Haram insurgents in Chibok, Borno State during the administration of Jonathan with none of the girls released then.

However, since coming on board, the Buhari-led government has been able to secure the release of some of the girls.

“Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan can now see the difference between action and inaction, between goodwill and bad faith and between lukewarm attitude and proactiveness. Chibok and Dapchi are now reference points in a tale of two Commander-in-Chiefs: one who turns the other cheek while his army turns and runs and another who takes immediate action and puts insurgents on the run,” the statement read.

While urging Nigerians to continue to support President Muhammadu Buhari, the group charge the federal government to ensure adequate protection for all the schools in the insurgency zone.

“Defeated, frustrated, bankrupt and hungry, Boko Haram is looking for ways of embarrassing FG, sourcing for food and ransom money. We must never be caught napping again,” it added.

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Muslim Group Urges Northern Governors To Disband ‘Almajiri’ Syndrome

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has urged Northern governors in the country to put an end to the ugly phenomenon of “almajiri” who are often referred to a street beggars.

The group, in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Aintola, explained that the number of children involved in the al-majiri system has been rated at over ten million.

According to him, many al-majiri children are now commanders in the dreaded Boko Haram insurgency.

“For example, in places like Azare, Bauchi, al-majiris tie bowls to their clothes and beg for just anything, anything at all. In places like Maiduguri, Borno State, they offer to carry bags for strangers and they are ready to assist in doing house chores for a whole day once a meal is guaranteed. Older al-majiris in Maiduguri area sell sachet water while some do scavenging and sell whatever they find to recyclers.

“In thunder, rain and flood, al-majiri children crowd up in open spaces to spend the night. The few who find shelter share single mosquito-infested rooms with scores of others. They are prone to all sorts of contagious diseases. Their personal safety cannot be guaranteed and many fall into the hands of bad gangs, e.g, the notorious Yandaba boys of Kano,” the group stated.

MURIC, in the statement, appealed to Northern governors to come up with a master plan capable of resolving the al-majiri debacle once and for all. The plan, according to it, should take cognizance of the need for a census of all those involved in the system, buildings to be used as hostels, modern structures to be used as schools, adequate remuneration for the Islamic teachers, free feeding and capacity building for the kids, etc.

“While we commend the Jonathan administration for building al-Majiri schools in some parts of the North, Northern governors must be held responsible both for the misuse and disuse of those structures. Most of the al-majiri schools are lying fallow today while some have been converted to other uses. This is most unfortunate. The Buhari administration must also intervene by initiating a special project for the almajiranci.

“In the final analysis, the blame rests squarely on Northern politicians dead and alive for failing to see the threat coming and for their inability to evolve a means of combating it and bringing it to a halt. It may have been callous and myopic, but the present crop of politicians must not repeat the mistakes of history. Al-majiris must be reined in if the North really wants Boko Haram and gangsterism to become history,” the statement read.

 

 

 

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Corruption Now Receiving Deadly Blows From Buhari, Says MURIC

A group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has urged Nigerians to be weary of corrupt people using their stolen money to spread false propaganda to de-market President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was contained in a press statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

According to him, President Buhari’s major selling point has been his incorruptibility. 

His words: “President Buhari has no house in London. None in Paris or any foreign country for that matter. Neither has any stolen fund been traced to him before and during his tenure. He has succeeded in blocking leakages through which our common patrimony has been siphoned into the private pockets of greedy politicians. Foreign countries endorse him as a leader of unassailable integrity and the naira is getting back its lost glory as a result of all these. Prices of goods are falling.”

Professor Akintola noted that President Buhari’s commitment to diversify the economy is turning other sectors into veritable sources of income.

“The railways are roaring back. Agriculture is once again taking its prime of place, electricity supply is witnessing unprecedented improvement while macadam roads are fast replacing the death traps which claimed hundreds of lives on a regular basis. Buhari’s social welfare scheme is already taking care of thousands of Nigerian youths,” he said.

The group however stressed that the failure of corrupt individuals to get access to the treasury has turned them into Buhari’s enemy.

“For blocking their access to easy money, they wished Buhari dead. Based on their knowledge of the potency of the alleged gas poison conspiracy theory, they said Buhari was on life-support machine. They claimed he was dead and secretly buried. They made the claims with so much vehemence and total confidence that, with hindsight, we are constrained to believe that only those involved in the alleged attempt could have made such strong claims.
 
“But when all that failed they are now trying to incite the populace against him. They claimed that herdsmen were killing travelers on Lagos-Ibadan expressway. They also claimed that the same herdsmen were slaughtering people like rams on Shagamu-Ore expressway. Now they are claiming that herdsmen have attacked workers in Ondo council office. But police debunked all these false alarms within hours,” the statement read.
The group also urged Nigerians to give President Buhari a second chance to consolidate on the gains as corruption has been dealt with in a heavy blow.

 

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Muslim Group Demands Review Of Code Of Dressing In Nigerian Law School

A group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has called for a review of the code of dressing in Nigerian Law School, to allow female Muslims to use their hijabs along with the uniform.

In a press statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he advocated for review of dress code in all professions and educational institutions where uniforms are used such that female Muslims in such professions and institutions can use suitable hijabs along with the uniforms.

According to him, Muslim women who work in uniformed bodies in Nigeria, e.g. the army, police, traffic officials, uniformed voluntary groups, nurses, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), students of primary and secondary schools, etc, use uniforms designed by the Christian colonialists.

His words: “These uniforms should have been reviewed after independence because they only suit Christians. Muslim women are uncomfortable in them. Some of them constitute breaches to Islamic dress code and offend the sensibility of Muslim women who are compelled to wear the uniforms regardless of their inner feeling of resentment.”

“In addition, we also demand that the House of Representatives declares illegal, unlawful, unconstitutional and therefore judiciable any order or request by any Nigerian official that a Muslim woman should remove her hijab,” he added.

Recall that one Amasa Firdaus, was barred from entering the venue of the School of Law’s call to bar ceremony on Wednesday, 13th December, 2017 on account of her refusal to remove her hijab.

This degenerated into a dousing tension which led the House of Representatives to direct its Committee on Judiciary and Justice to institute investigations into the matter.   

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New Year: Muslim Group Alleges Marginalization, Demands 1st Of Muharram To Be Added As Public Holiday

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has appealed to the federal government and the Ministry of interior to include 1st Muharram as public holiday in Nigeria.

In a press statement signed by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Aintola, he noted that the new year holiday fully consolidated the two-day Christmas holiday and enabled Nigerian Christians to kick off the 2018 Christo-Western Gregorian calendar.

According to him, the group’s feeling of marginalization arises from the reality of the Nigerian situation which has conditioned Muslims in the country for religious segregation and subjected them to spiritual apartheid.

“Here we are today, enjoying January 1st holiday which was declared by the Federal Government (FG) of Nigeria in recognition of the Christo-Western Gregorian calendar. But the same FG which recognizes this Christian calendar is yet to declare 1st Muharram a public holiday in recognition of the Islamic calendar despite several petitions and appeals to it dating back to the 60s. Surprisingly, some people still complain that Nigeria is Islamised!

“For the avoidance of doubts, only two of the world’s nine calendars have either survived or remained relevant to us in Nigeria. The first was the Egyptian calendar which came into existence ten thousand years ago. This was followed by six other ancient calendars, namely, the Babylonian, Hebrew, Mayan, Chinese, Greek and Roman calendars.”

The group further explained that due to human errors in the Roman calendar discovered by Numa Pompilius (715 – 673 B.C.) and Julius Caesar in 46 B.C., the Council of Nicea of 365 C.E. came up with its surgical abracadabra by moving back the Roman calendar by four days. Thus March 25, 365 C.E. became March 21.

“But even this historical razzmatazz was not good enough for Pope Gregory XIII (1502 – 1585) when he discovered on Thursday, October 4, 1582 that the equinox fell on March 11 instead of March 21. By royal fiat, Pope Gregory quickly slashed off ten days from the year 1582 and the next day, a Friday which would have been October 5, 1582 became Friday, October 15, 1582. It is this Gregorian calendar, which was a product of gymnastic make-belief, that the Western world uses till today. It was this same calendar, a sheer hocus-pocus that the British Christian colonialists forced on Nigeria.

“Why is FG granting holiday for a false god of Rome and denying same for Allah the Creator of all things (Qur’an 2:29), the Judge of all Judges (95:8), Master of all masters (51:58) and the King of Kings (3:26),” the group queried.

The statement reads in part: “We do not wish to be misunderstood: we are not agitating for the cancellation of anything which FG has given its over-pampered favourite, whether 1st January is based on falsehood and idolatory tendency or not is not our business, let them continue to enjoy it. But give us our day for crying out loud!

“Fortunately MURIC has successfully resisted the collective amnesia which is rampant among Nigerians. We recall the torments suffered by Nigerian Muslims under colonial rule. The most relevant of these inhuman treatments was the denial of holidays for Muslims on their festival days.

“Although the colonialists declared holidays for Easter, Christmas and 1st January, they bluntly refused to give any Muslim festival an equal status. Muslims were therefore forced to go to work on Id al-Fitr and Id Al-Kabir days. While Maulud an-Nabiyy was an anathema to the colonial master, 1st Muharram was blue murder.

“Whereas Nigerian Muslims were able to secure public holidays for some of its festivals in post-colonial period by dint of struggles and determination, 1st Muharram remains a pipe dream till today. The question on the lips of Nigerian Muslims today, 1st January, 2018 as Nigerian Christians savour the sweet sensation of the holiday and relish in the euphoria of spiritual fulfillment is, “When will our own come? When will the Nigerian state treat Muslims as complete human beings? For how long shall we remain second class citizens?”

“Research reveals that 1st January is in honour of Janus, the Roman god of gates whom the Romans believed protected them from invasions. This is an incontrovertible fact. Why should FG force us to idolize the false god of Rome? MURIC charges FG to drop its colonial garb and to don a truly nationalistic identity. On the contrary, the Islamic hijrah calendar is divine (Qur’an 9:36; 2:189; 10:5 and 17:12).

“Nigerians enjoy a total of eight (8) public holidays in a year. These are Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Id al-Kabir, Id al-Fitr and Maulud an-Nabiyy. Five (5) of the eight holidays belong to Christians (Christmas Day, Boxing Day, 1st January, i.e, New Year Day, Good Friday and Easter Monday). Only three (3) holidays belong to Muslims, viz, Id al-Kabir, Id al-Fitr and Maulud an-Nabiyy.

“It is time for FG to add 1st Muharram to the number of Muslim holidays. This will bring the total number of holidays enjoyed by Muslims to four only while Christians still continue to enjoy five. This year’s 1st Muharram is likely to fall on Tuesday, 11th September, 2018 or thereabouts.

“Finally, we advise FG and the Ministry of Internal Affairs to interact with the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) for the exact date of 1st Muharram this year and declare it as a holiday.

“For Nigerian Muslims to feel a sense of belonging, FG must close the gap between Christians and Muslims. There must be a conscious effort to fully integrate Muslims into the Nigerian project otherwise we may be sitting on a keg of gun powder. Justice is the soul of peace and whoever denies one can never enjoy the other.”

 

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Muslim Group Declares Spiritual Warfare On Looters

A muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has said it is commencing a spiritual warfare on corrupt elements holding the country into ransom.

In a statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he expalined that the new effort is to rid Nigeria of economic rodents and political parasites, and in another way, contribute to the efforts of the Federal Government in its war against corruption.

“Looters are found in all religions. Corrupt people are selfish citizens who do not remember their church members, their fellow Muslims or co-traditionalists when stealing public funds. We contend that poverty knows no religion. Christians are hungry in Nigeria today.
“Muslims are suffering. Traditionalists are crying. We are all common victims of corruption. We are all in darkness at night. We all ply the bad roads. We all lack adequate public health care delivery system. The public schools attended by our children can best be described as glorified public shelters. We must all come together to expose and punish looters in order to stop the sufferings of millions of innocent Nigerians.
 
“It is an open secret that corruption has been fighting back using demonic means. Nigerians of all faiths must unite to launch a relentless spiritual attack on it. Let the minbar, the pulpit and the shrine rain curses on those who robbed the Nigerian treasury silly. Let families make curses of looters a major prayer point in year 2018.
“Let individual Nigerians curse these kleptomaniacs three times every day: as they wake up on empty bellies in the morning; as they suffer on bad roads during the day and as they prepare for the night’s rest, sweating profusely in darkness.
“The salvation of Nigerians lies in our hands. We must emancipate ourselves from socio-economic slavery. Our curses are the only weapons that can scare Nigerian capitalist comparador bourgeoisie. They are not afraid of anti-graft agencies but they are afraid of curses from the citizenry because they are Africans afterall. Let us therefore use this potent weapon to the fullest. They use militants to blackmail the government each time a move is made to apprehend them. They compromise the judiciary to frustrate the people’s will. But the church, the mosque and the shrine can save the hoi polloi from these wicked people.
 
“Let us ask the Supreme Creator to plung them into perpetual darkness in this world and in the next just as they have thrown this country into darkness. Tell the Master of all masters to turn the billions of naira they stole from our common wealth into a source of misery for them and their offsprings unless they return our money. As they have used stolen money to buy false judgement in the courts, pray that the Judge of all judges pronounce untold affliction upon them.
 
“As for lawmakers who have elected to pitch tent with looters by constituting themselves into clogs in the wheel of progress in the people’s war against corruption, we remind them of the Divine lawmaker and Supreme Creator. He is waiting for them to explain why final disciplinary action should not be taken against them for betraying the people’s trust. In the same vein, the Judge of all judges patiently awaits those Nigerian judges who have been colluding with looters one way or another, slowing down the judicial process and granting laughable injunctions. Verily your Lord lies in wait   (?? ??? ?????????: Qur’an 89:14)
“In our concluding remarks, we leave open the window of repentance, confession and return of stolen loots. Any of these looters who confesses, repents and returns stolen funds and properties shall not be affected by the people’s curses and his offsprings shall be free of the afflictions. This is the way to give Nigeria a new lease of life, a life free of corruption,” the statement reads. 
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Appeal Court Ruling On EFCC: ‘A Travesty Of Justice’ Says MURIC

A group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has described the Appeal Court ruling that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) does not have powers to investigate or prosecute serving judges until after they have been dismissed by the National Judicial Council as “a travesty of justice.”

The group in a statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, queried how a corrupt judge be free from prosecution by anti-graft agencies until the National Judicial Council (NJC) dismisses him.

“It is as simple as granting corrupt judges immunity. We are greatly disappointed. We are disappointed because the judiciary is the last hope of the common man. Yet the same judiciary has let us down,” the statement read.

The statement partly reads:

“Corruption has been responsible for depriving the hoi polloi of the dividends of democracy. It has been responsible for bad governance, insecurity, epileptic power supply, poor health facilities, bad roads, decayed infrastructure, etc and judges who collude with corrupt elements in society have worsened the situation. Such judges deserve to be exposed and punished in order to serve as deterrents to others. But the Appeal Court’s decision of today has deflated the hope of the jamaahiir.

“It is an open secret that corrupt government officials are prosecuted while in service. In fact their dismissal is always premised upon the pronouncement of guilt by the court. It is not the other way round. We beg to disagree. Nigerians are of the opinion that the judiciary is out to protect its own. Sentiment has been allowed to creep into hallowed chambers. It is a miscarriage of justice. Nigerians reject this camaraderie abracadabra.

“It is an attempt to turn serving judges who are suspected of foul play into sacred cows and the Alpha and Omega in judicial matters. The Appeal Court’s ruling of today seeks to make a judge eat his cake and have it. The bench seeks to procure immunity for judges who violate their oath of office. It is judicial conspiracy. Those who interpret the law should not be above it. This is the understanding of the principle of equality before the law in civilized societies.

“Will it be right for us to ask a court of competent jurisdiction to wait while a committee of school principals determine the fate of a school principal who is suspected of professional misconduct? Is he not one of them? Didn’t they rise through the ranks together? Couldn’t he be keeping the secrets of some members of the committee probing him? To that extent we may assume that the Appeal Court is allowing judges suspected of corrupt enrichment to take liberty for license.

“It is like saying teachers who commit atrocities in their schools cannot be arraigned until the National Union of Teachers have investigated and indicted them. Or that medical practitioners found wanting in the line of duty should not be arraigned until the Medical Council sacks them. Where in the world is this allowed?

“Judge Huang Songyou, former vice president of the Supreme People’s Court of China was dismissed in 2009 for misusing his power to seek profits for concerned people in return for a huge amount of bribes, accepting money as presents illegally and living a corrupt life. The Chinese Judicial Council was not allowed to intervene. Twenty judges were sacked in Ghana in December 2015 over corruption while thirteen lower court judges were sacked in Pakistan in April 2017 over corruption related cases.

“To round up, we express Gibraltar Rock solidarity with the EFCC in its battle against corruption. We charge the anti-graft agency to pursue this particular case to the highest court in the land. We urge Nigerians to stand up to be counted in the fight against corruption if indeed they want to be liberated from the shackles of socio-economic oppression.”

 

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Muslim Group Raises Alarm Over Alleged Persecution Of Muslim Students By Private Universities

A Muslim Group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said its office has been occupied with complaints of religious persecution in Christian private universities.

The group, in a press statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, described the situatiuon as “a dangerous dimension at this stage of Nigeria’s history.”

“Muslim students in various Christian private universities have reported how they are forced to attend church on Sunday. They are compelled to go to the chapel for various Christian-oriented programmes.

“A leading Christian private university rusticated a Muslim student who happened to be the president of the students’ union on a flimsy excuse. Female Muslim students who have been using hijab before they were admitted are disallowed from using it the moment they pay their school fees and conclude other registration formalities whereas such rules are not rolled out earlier,” the statement read.

The group, in the statement queried Muslim parents enrolling their children and wards in Christian private universities, while Islamic private universities where their freedom of religion can be guaranteed are being ignored.

“Christian institutions in Nigeria have not been known to respect the fundamental human rights of Muslims. This is a big minus on the part of Nigerian Christendom. God is a God of justice and fairness.

“Those who worship God must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The use of foul means to serve God runs counter to this ideal. It is ungodly to ‘trick’ fellow homo sapiens into an educational institution where they will be subjected to spiritual enslavement for at least four years or more. It is spiritual corruption to give unto God what was immorally and unjustly obtained. It is shameful,” the statement further added.

MURIC, further charged the National Universities Commission (NUC) to investigate this serious allegation made against Christian private universities in Nigeria.

“NUC cannot afford to stand akimbo while thousands of Muslim students are spiritually raped. Were those universities licenced to forcefully convert Muslim students to Christianity?”

 

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Group Appeals To President Buhari To Pardon 54 Nigerian Soldiers Facing Jail Term For Refusing To Fight Boko Haram With Poor Weapons

In celebration of the birthday of Prophet Muhammad, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to grant mercy to 54 Nigerian soldiers imprisoned for refusing to fight Boko Haram insurgents with poor weapons.

The group, in a statement signed by its President, Professor Ishaq Akintola, noted that the 54 soldiers actually exposed the $2.1 billion arms fraud. They are whistle-blowers, not criminals.

The statement partly reads: “Paradoxically, while other whistle-blowers are being rewarded, the 54 soldiers are languishing in jail. This casts a shadow on our war against corruption. It is very disheartening.

In the spirit of the Compassion Day which the Prophet’s birthday signifies, MURIC appeals to Mr. President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to grant presidential pardon to the 54 soldiers.

“We call on civil society, particularly anti-corruption crusaders to speak out for the 54 soldiers. We also appeal to state governors and chief judges to use the occasion to visit prisons in their states with a view to setting free a large number of inmates particularly those awaiting trial.”

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