Tuesday, May 23, 2017

IG SHOULD STOP FAYOSE’s THUGS NOW



 

23rd May, 2017
PRESS RELEASE:
IG SHOULD STOP FAYOSE’s THUGS NOW

Hoodlums are currently destroying the petrol station of Alhaji Sulaiman Akinbami. This is a developing story. The attack started this morning and it is still ongoing as we go to press. 


The thugs are believed to be acting on the orders of the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose. The governor was alleged to have threatened to deal with Alhaji Akinbami yesterday during his media chat. He reportedly complained that he could not tolerate Alhaji Akinbami’s business ventures because the latter is from Osun State and not an indigene.

It will be recalled that the governor had threatened to bulldoze the business man’s petrol stations a few weeks ago because there are mosques inside the complex.


The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns this impunity. We call on the Inspector General of Police to quickly intervene and restore law and order. We demand adequate protection for Alhaji Akinbami and his properties in the state.


Governor Fayose is victimizing Alhaji Akinbami for being a practicing and committed Muslim. Akinbami is not really Fayose’s target. It is Islam. Fayose has demonstrated his hatred for Muslims in several ways before. He insisted that he would bulldoze the mosques inside the petrol stations if they were used for Jum’ah prayers. In obedience to the draconian order, the owner, Alhaji Akinbami, stopped worshippers from coming for Jum’ah service.


Yet Fayose was not satisfied. He gave orders that the evening Arabic classes attended by little children should stop and pronto, the owner complied. Again he instructed them to stop the Sunday morning Asalatu activities. Akinbami also obeyed. But Fayose appears dissatisfied. He would not stop until he has destroyed his perceived enemy and that is exactly what he started this morning.


It is a flagrant abuse of power to threaten a law abiding and peaceful citizen. Every Nigerian citizen has the right to domicile in any part of the country. We charge the IG to act immediately before an innocent man and most probably many others along with him are viciously crushed by a marauding and lawless governor.


Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)









Monday, May 22, 2017

MURIC COMMENDS KANO GOVERNOR, ASSEMBLY FOR SUSPENDING PROBE OF EMIR



22nd May, 2017
PRESS RELEASE:
MURIC COMMENDS KANO GOVERNOR, ASSEMBLY
FOR SUSPENDING PROBE OF EMIR

The Kano State House of Assembly yesterday suspended its probe of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi II. The House resolved to drop the probe after the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, pleaded for truce through a letter read by the speaker, Kabiru Alhassan Rirum, on the floor of the House.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commends Governor Ganduje for demonstrating statesmanship. We also give kudos to the Speaker and the honourable members of the state’s House of Assembly for manifesting political maturity and high level of discipline.      



Kano city is the economic hub of the North whose growth should be promoted at all times. We therefore appeal to the State Governor, the lawmakers, the Emir and Islamic scholars in the state to always find in-house solutions to issues in the interest of peace, law and order.




MURIC expresses delight in the peaceful resolution of the crisis. We acknowledge 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. Nonetheless, we call on Emir Sanusi to always carry along Kano State authorities and Islamic scholars in the state and other parts of Northern Nigeria in his deliberations.


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.  


Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Friday, May 19, 2017

NO TO MILITARY COUP


19th May, 2017
PRESS RELEASE:
NO TO MILITARY COUP

Rumours of a possible military coup were rife recently and the Chief of Army Staff, Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai issued a warning to soldiers suspected of fraternizing with politicians.    


The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) joins millions of well-meaning and patriotic citizens and groups in the country to reject any military intervention. The idea is archaic, nauseating and preposterous.


It is an open secret that advanced democracies of the world have an allergy for dictatorship. Military rule has therefore become unfashionable. Any military coup now will only turn Nigeria to a pariah state. The coup leaders will fail to get the support of foreign countries and this will definitely affect the ordinary citizen in the long run. Worse still, it may attract embargoes from Western countries.


What did we gain from military rule in the past? Apart from the short but corrective military regime of the duo of Buhari and Idiagbon, all other military juntas were a colossal waste. The military wasted over $40 billion between 1966 and 1999. They institutionalized corruption. The worst part is that the military cannot be held accountable as there are no checks and balances in military rule. They turned the educational system upside down. For example, Nigerian universities were shut down for six months under General Babangida (rtd).


Human rights abuses were prevalent in the military era and activists like Chief Gani Fawehinmi and Dr. Beko Ransome Kuti spent long periods in detention without trial. Free speech is an aberration under military rule. The Nigerian press was therefore a major victim of the past military rulers in Nigeria. We contend, therefore, that every day of military rule is an eternity of tyranny.


In view of the integrity test passed by the General Muhammadu Buhari administration and the ongoing war against corruption, nothing can warrant a coup unless some disgruntled elements in the army want to bring back the days of unbridled corrupt practices. Only corrupt soldiers can attempt to topple a president of proven integrity.  


Islam abhors military rule. The Glorious Qur’an specifically recommends government by Shurah system, i.e. by consultation (Qur’an 3:159 and 42:38).


Military coup is an aberration in Islamic political thought. This is why Muslim political ideologues including Al-Jahiz the Mu’tazilite and Al-Ghazali opposed military rule. Military rule has no place in Al-Farabi’s al-Madinat al-Fadilah (The Good City) and Ibn Sina’s Ideal State. To cap the democratic edifice of Islam, Al-Mawardi contends in his Al-Ahkam Al-Sultaniyyah (i.e. Principles of Governance) that only a duly elected Imam (i.e. leader) should rule.


From the foregoing, it is only logical to conclude that military coup is haram. Therefore, any attempt to establish a military regime is an invitation to the wrath of Allah. We therefore advise the military to remain in the barracks where they truly belong, to eschew politically motivated temptations and to remain submissive to civilian authority.


Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Thursday, May 18, 2017

MURIC CONDEMNS MASSACRE OF ISLAMIC SCHOLAR & FAMILY



19th May, 2017
PRESS RELEASE:
MURIC CONDEMNS MASSACRE OF ISLAMIC SCHOLAR & FAMILY

Six Muslims were butchered yesterday in their home in Atiba area, Odogbolu Local Government, near Ijebu Ode, Ogun State. The victims were a popular Islamic scholar, Shaykh Amzat Salaam (a.k.a Alfa Abu), his wife and four children.


The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns this dastardly act.


This killing once again reveals the underbelly of the Nigerian security agencies. There is over-concentration of security paraphernalia on the rich and powerful in Nigeria. We call for equitable deployment of security agents in all the strategic parts of every city in such a way that every Nigerian can be well protected.


MURIC charges the Ogun State Police Command to fish out the killers of the Salaam family. We want justice. Nobody should murder an Islamic scholar, rout his whole family and get away with it. Ogun police must prove its mettle within days.


Finally, we appeal for calm among the Muslim faithfuls in the state. We also call for their full cooperation so that the police can freely conduct its investigation. We urge Islamic scholars all over the country, particularly in Ogun State, to remain law abiding, to tighten security around them and to remain vigilant day and night. May Allah have mercy on the victims, forgive them and grant them Al-Jannah firdaus.


Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

CAN LIED: BUHARI IS NOT RUNNING AN ISLAMIC GOVERNMENT



17th May, 2017
PRESS RELEASE:
CAN LIED: BUHARI IS NOT RUNNING AN ISLAMIC GOVERNMENT


The Youth Wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN) and four other affiliated Christian unions yesterday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of running the country as a Muslim organization and neglecting the entire Christian faith. The other four Christian groups are Arewa Christians Association,Concerned Professional Christians, All Para-Church Organizations and Nigerian Christians in Diaspora.


The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects this allegation. It is baseless, reckless, false and malicious. There is no iota of truth in CAN’s claims. It exists only in the figment of the writers’ imagination.  


Contrary to CAN’s claim, both Christian and Islamic studies are available in public schools in the North unlike the South where every school has teachers of Christian studies but lacks teachers of Islamic studies. The South West case is even pathetic. Teachers of Islamic Studies are hardly employed and they are deliberately and treacherously diverted to teach other subjects. The aim behind this is to render them useless for Islamic Studies. Some school principals even refuse to allow teachers of Arabic and Islamic studies to teach what they are employed for. Many state schools’ boards have been pocketed by CAN for the purpose of eliminating Arabic and Islamic Studies from the South West, including Edo State.


It sounds amusing that CAN on one hand claims to be praying for President Muhammadu Buhari’s recovery yet on the other hand it accuses the Federal Government of lying about his health status. Is that what will facilitate the acceptance of the prayer? CAN is blowing hot and cold at the same time. We advise CAN to come out in the open and show its true colour. The Christian body should stop intimidating FG. To be ill is human, to heal divine.


CAN’s complaint about Nigeria’s participation in the Islamic solidarity football game is still the old song and it fits CAN’s main objective, namely, to isolate Nigerian Muslims from their counterparts in other parts of the world. Football and all games generally are known for their ability to unify humanity under one love. If CAN would have its way, Nigerian Muslims would not be allowed to perform hajj. It was the same complaint over Shari‘ah, Islamic bank, etc. When will CAN live and let live?


As professional lobbyists, we are not surprised that CAN is demanding Christian replacements (as if it is a right) for the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal and the Director General of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency (NIA) Ayo Oke. This is primordial sentiment. Is it religious affiliation that will benefit Nigerians or competence and integrity?


CAN also complained that no Christian has been minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) since 1999. We will like to place this claim in its proper perspective. CAN has deliberately restricted its claim to 1999 for its parochial agenda. We must ask CAN what happened from the beginning?


Out of the nine ministers in office as FCT ministers from 1976 to 1999, six were Christians and the Muslims did not complain. Ex-President Obasanjo who picked Ibrahim Bunu, Muhammed Abba Gana and Nasir El-Rufai as ministers of the FCT from 1999 to 2007 was not a Muslim. So why should Buhari be crucified for that? Bala Muhammed was FCT minister from 2010 to 2015 under Goodluck Jonathan. How can anyone blame the Muslims for this? Afterall Jonathan is yet to announce his conversion to Islam.


CAN must stop misinforming Nigerians. Several factors determine the allocation of positions in politics. We therefore advise YOWICAN to make proper enquiries on issues like this before issuing public statements. YOWICAN also needs to brush up its knowledge of the Bible. “You will know the truth and the truth shall set you free” is not in John 3:38 as listed in its statement. It is in John 8:32. In fact there is no John 3:38. Chapter 3 of the Book of John ends at verse 36.    


It amounts to blackmail and arm-twisting to accuse Buhari of running Nigeria like an Islamic organization. But Nigerians are wiser today than in yesteryears. They no longer yield to blackmail like before and they will only respect claims based on informed opinion.


To round up, MURIC advises YOWICAN to grow up, to dismiss its infantile propensities and think first of Nigeria. Instead of raising false alarm on a daily basis, we urge CAN to join hands with its Muslim neighbours in building a virile economy, a stable polity and a peaceful nation. We should make less noise. We envision for Nigerians a land full of opportunities where no Christian or Muslim shall be denied the right to work or worship anywhere he or she chooses. We must stop sacrificing excellence on the altar of mediocrity. The parameter should not be religion. It should be competence.


Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)