Muslim Group Hails Amosun For Allocating 23% To Education

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has applauded Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, for allocating N79.246 billion to education in the 2018 Appropriation Bill presented to the State’s House of Assembly on Tuesday.

The allocation represents 22.9 percent of the total N345.42 billion 2018 Appropriation Bill.

The group, in a press statement signed by its President, Professor Ishaq Akintola, described Governor Amosun’s huge step forward in the path of education as “bold, visionary and progressive.”

“Governor Amosun’s budget has taken cognizance of the reality facing the education sector. He has realized that education is taking a nose dive and he is taking steps to bring the sector back soaring in the sky once again. The mass failure of candidates who sat for the May/June 2017 WAEC/GCE examination whose result was released yesterday speaks volumes. 
 
“Compared to the Federal Government’s (FG) paltry 7% which was allocated to education in its 2018 budget, Amosun’s 22.9% is a saving grace. Its closeness to the 26% recommended by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) gives every citizen of Ogun State a good reason to stand tall. Amosun is immortalizing the legacy of the great sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
 
“Ogun State’s 2018 education budget is an eye opener for FG. It shows that it is possible to give education its prime of place if a government is determined to lift the sector to its appropriate pedestal. FG must therefore develop the political will to rescue the education sector from the doldrums.
 
“As we round up, we charge other states to lift the fate of education in their domains by increasing government spending on the sector. Education is like a computer machine. What you put in is what you retrieve. It is garbage in, garbage out. There is no abracadabra in it. What you sow is what you reap,” the statement read.

 

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2019: Muslim Group Urges Nigerians To Vote Out Corruption

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has urged Nigerians, most especially young people to ensure that they get their voters’ cards and vote out every element of corruption in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

In a press statement signed by its President, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he expressed deep concern over the lackadaisical attitude of Nigerian youths during election period.

According to him, Nigerian youths who are most likely to feel the impact of bad governance more than any other segment in society are often lackadaisical about voting.

His words: “…there is no other globally recognized way of changing a bad system or entrenching a good one besides going through the ballot box.”

The statement partly reads:

“MURIC reminds Nigerians that corruption has been the major barrier that stands between them and higher living standards. Although the present administration is tackling this social cankerworm headlong, some corrupt politicians occupying sensitive positions have been blocking its efforts. The only way to ease out these corrupt politicians is to become active participants in the electoral process. We therefore urge all Nigerians to get their voters cards in order to vote out corruption in 2019.

“Nigerian youths must exercise their franchise and refuse to be used as thugs who will unleash violence on innocent Nigerians. We charge parents, particularly women, to counsel their children properly and to ensure that they are not hoodwinked by political charlatans.

“In addition, we invite the electorate to avoid self-disenfranchisement. This is likely to happen if they sell their voters’ cards. Whoever sells his voters’ card has sold his destiny for a pot of porridge. Nigerians must beware of ‘stomach infrastructure’ politicians who will come to them with a plate of rice. Why should we mortgage the next four years (2019 – 2023) for a paltry N500 or a plate of fufu? Nigerians must beware of stomach infrastructure offered only during election time. It will only prolong suffering for another four years. We must vote for credible candidates in order to banish suffering permanently.

“According to Martin Luther King Jnr, “Those who love peace must learn to plan effectively as those who love war.” Nigerian security agencies and other stakeholders must work hard to make 2019 general elections violence-free. Kidnapping of candidates, snatching of ballot boxes, launching physical attacks on voters, etc are acts capable of marring elections. Only a free and fair election can lead to good governance and lift Nigeria to the club of democratically mature nations.

“As we round up, we remind Nigerians of the wise words of George Orwell that, “People that elect corrupt politicians, impostors, thieves and traitors are not victims … but accomplices”. We therefore plead with Nigerians to be fully prepared to send corrupt and selfish politicians packing. The only way to do this is to ensure that we do not only register for the 2019 general elections but we also jealously protect our voters’ cards and put them to effective use at the right time. Corrupt politicians become presidents, governors, senators, etc because good Nigerians fail to vote.”

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Group Charges FG To Extend SUKUK Deadline Till Dec. 31

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has urged the Nigerian government to extend its first non-interest lease assets facilities, SUKUK till  December 31st, 2017 to enable more Nigerians to benefit from it.

In a press statement signed by its President, Professor Ishaq, Akintola, lamented the short notice given to banks and lack of media awareness on the service.

Recall that the federal government issued its first sukuk (noninterest lease assets facilities) on Thursday 14th September, 2011, and will expire Wednesday 20th September.

The statement partly reads:

“Although it was advertised in one or two newspapers, FG needs to do better than that. A massive media publicity involving all media houses (print and electronic) is necessary for this first outing. CBN also needs to involve all banks. There is no sign at all that the banks are aware or that they are cooperating. With its battalion of experts, CBN should have known better. Or is the sukukdeliberately designed to fail? Is there an anti-Muslim sentiment behind this?
 
CBN should not only be made to keep the investment window open for at least 6 weeks, all agency banks should be directed to publicise the product throughout all their branches. In addition, CBN and the Federal Ministry of Information should be directed to give maximum possible publicity to the new facility. Nigeria needs this financial instrument as a new initiative to complement its efforts at emerging from the present economic quagmire.   
“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) urges Nigerian banks to avail themselves of this window. Sukuk is growing speedily in Western banks. Conventional banks are now scrambling to set up Shari’a-compliant operations in the Europe and America; a flurry of all-Islamic start-ups, from full-service investment banks to specialist advisory firms and their products have moved beyond lending, insurance and investment funds to include sukuk.
 
MURIC charges FG to extend the sukuk’s deadline to the end of December 31st, 2017. We suggest that a robust publicity should be embarked upon between now and the proposed December 31st ultimatum. No serious nation plays with its economic survival and diversification of investments is one of the best means for achieving this.” 
 
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Muslim Group Lauds Northern Youths Withdrawal Of Quit Notice To Igbos

A Muslim group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has lauded the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) for vacating its withrawal notice issued to igbo indigenes residing in the North.

A press statement signed by its President, Professor Ishaq Akintola, reads:

“We see an urgent need for tension to be doused in order to allow peace to reign. Nigeria is not the only country populated by various ethnic groups. Europe, Asia, North and South America as well as other African countries have their own shares of ethnic enclaves but they are being civilized, accommodating and generous with it. Again, apart from Biafra which is seeking to secede, there are many other groups on the African continent demanding separation.

“Examples are Bubi from Equatorial Guinea, Lunda-Tchokwe from Angola, Mombassa from Kenya, Ambazonia from Cameroon and Western Sahara from Morocco. We must not allow anger and bitterness to set in here when others are adopting diplomacy and maturity to resolve their differences.

“While the Nigerian authorities must not allow the nation to degenerate into the Hobbesian state of nature, we contend that the idea of a totally egalitarian society as pontificated by certain pressure groups is Utopian. We therefore caution against extreme positions on both sides in the interest of peace. Perceived imbalance can only be addressed gradually and methodically and not in a fire-brigade manner otherwise it will be counter-productive.

“On a last note, we appeal to the various separatist groups to eschew hate speech and abuses. Qur’an 49:11 warns against the use of mockery, sarcasm and outright abuse by one tribe against another. Again, Qur’an 49:13 affirms that no single tribe or group of people is better than the other while Muhammad (SAW) the Prophet of Peace posited that mankind is all one. “You are all from Adam and Adam was created from dust. Therefore you are all equal”, Prophet Muhammad maintained.”

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APC Restructuring Committee List Is Lopsided, Says Group

A Muslim group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC). has said that it is greatly dissatisfied with the membership of the restructuring committee.

The group, in a press release signed by its President, Professor Ishaq Akintola, questioned the absence of the original proponents of restructuring in the committee.

The part statement reads:

“Our disappointment stems from the exclusiveness of the list. Where are the proponents of restructuring in the committee? They are not there. Can APC shave a man’s head in his absence? Objectivity demands that at least one or two people from the South East where the call for restructuring and self-determination is loudest should be there.
“We can understand if PDP governors from the South East are excluded but at least a state chairman of the APC from the sub-region should have been picked.
 
MURIC demands a review of the membership of the committee before its first sitting in the interest of transparency and objectivity. We appeal to agitators who feel genuinely aggrieved to pursue the path of dialogue. The emergence of the ruling party’s restructuring committee is a strong signal that hope is on the way.
 
Finally, we affirm that although setting up the committee in the first place portrays the ruling party as a listening political body, the recent agitations which created tension in the country calls for cautious, objective and patriotic appraisal.”
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Muslim Group Commends Kano Gov Abdullahi Ganduje For Suspending Probe Of Emir Sanusi

A Muslim group, The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has on Tuesday expressed delight in the peaceful resolution of the probe of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II.

In a press statement signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he acknowledged the outstanding contributions of the Emir to the introduction of the Islamic banking system in Nigeria, his immense exposure to the Shari’ah legal system and his passion for the advancement of Islam.

“We thank all those who intervened in the imbroglio especially His Eminence the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III.
 
“In conclusion, we appeal for cohesion among Northern leaders and charge them to utilize the various mechanisms available in the region to resolve issues without externalizing them because every little incident in the North has far-reaching impact on Islamdom in Nigeria,” the statement reads.
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