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MURIC CONDEMNS KILLINGS IN ANAMBRA CHURCH

7th August, 2017

PRESS RELEASE:
MURIC CONDEMNS KILLINGS IN ANAMBRA CHURCH

 

Unidentified gunmen yesterday invaded St Philip’s Catholic Church, Amakwa Ozubulu in Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra state. According to reports, about 35 worshippers were killed in the attack while scores of others were injured.

 

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) denounces this wanton massacre of innocent people. It is heartless, ungodly and barbaric. In particular, we condemn the attack on the Catholic church because places of worship do not belong to the builders. They belong to God. Any attack on a place of worship is therefore an affront against God. No homo sapien has the right to extend hostilities to the house of God.

 

The speculation that the attack was an extension of a drug war is therefore not acceptable as an excuse for this most criminal and inhuman attack. What of the lives of several worshippers that were wasted? What was their own offence? The invaders allegedly came with the intention of squaring up with Chief Aloysius Ikegwuonu, a notable businessman from Amakwa who built and donated the church to Nnewi Diocese. They killed their target’s father, Pa Ikegwuonu, and shot his mother in the arm.

 

MURIC charges Nigerian security agencies to unveil the killers with lightning speed. We urge people in the neighbouring communities to supply useful information on this tragic incident to the security agencies. We also advise Nigerians to be security conscious at all times because insecurity is a constant threat to economic growth and prosperity.

 

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

 

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Professor of Islamic Studies, Human Rights Activist
Thursday, August 3, 2017
PROTEST AGAINST RAPE: ADDRESS INDECENT DRESSING FIRST

 

3rd August, 2017

PRESS RELEASE:
PROTEST AGAINST RAPE: ADDRESS INDECENT DRESSING FIRST

 

A group of people under the banner of War Against Rape (WAR) staged a protest in Lagos today demanding an end to rape. The protest was staged at the office of the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

 

Although the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) condemns rape and all forms of violence and coercion, the protest was misplaced and the protesters themselves were ill-informed and misguided. This protest is sheer cosmetic exercise.

 

We posit that rape is an affront against the dignity of womanhood and an assault on humanity. It should be condemned in the strongest terms. Nonetheless, taking a protest against rape to the governor’s office is a misdirection of target audience, a waste of man-hour and mere window-dressing. It cannot scratch the surface, talk less of hitting the subterranean region.

 

Rape is on the increase mainly because moral bankruptcy has hit its peak. Women are no longer ashamed of exposing their bodies in public, whether in front or at the back. Even dresses which do not expose their bodies are sewn so tight that no one is left in doubt about the objective. It is the age of dress-to-kill. But women forget that many of them will fall victims of stray bullets.

 

Indecent dressing is a provocation and this is the issue which decent societies must address. MURIC invites WAR to launch a campaign against indecent dressing. The way you dress is the way you will be addressed. You cannot send out a letter without receiving a reply. Many responsible corporate entities now disallow women who are scantily dressed from entering their premises. They also send back female staffers who appear in provocative and daring outfits.

 

WAR should tell women to elevate their self-dignity. Why do women allow themselves to be turned into money making machines (ATM) for capitalist enterprises? Why do they pose half nude in adverts, magazine covers, etc? Why are women ever so willing to expose their Allah-given delicacies to naked eyes?

 

Government’s role should only be complementary. The governor does not dictate your taste in fashion. Women who elect to cut their blouses low at the front and their skirts outrageously short above the thighs have deliberately entered into a contract with men who are sick upstairs. Women should be told in clear and unequivocal terms that indecent dressing constitutes sexual harassment.

 

The Glorious Qur’an says, “Oh ye children of Adam, we have given you garments to cover your shame and to be an adornment for you. But the dress of righteousness is the best…Oh ye children of Adam, let not Shaytan (Satan) seduce you …” (Qur’an 7:26-27)

 

In conclusion, MURIC advises parents and guardians to pay special attention to what their female children and wards wear. Women should desist from dressing up little female children like adults. Neither should they leave them unmonitored with strange men. The movements of teenage girls should be strictly monitored and they should not be sent on errands to men. In addition, married women should learn to adorn themselves respectfully.

 

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

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
MURIC CONDOLES SULTAN, OTHERS ON DEATH OF EMIR OF TSAFE

 

27th July 2017

PRESS RELEASE:
MURIC CONDOLES SULTAN,
OTHERS ON DEATH OF EMIR OF TSAFE

 

The Emir of Tsafe in Zamfara State, Alhaji Habibu Aliyu, died yesterday after a brief illness. He was 62 years old. He has since been buried according to Islamic rites.

 

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commiserates with the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, Governor AbdulAziz Yari of Zamfara State, Tsafe Emirate and the entire Muslim community in Nigeria.

 

May Almighty Allah forgive the late Emir and repose his soul in Aljannah firdaus. May Allah also grant the family the fortitude to bear the loss.

 

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

 

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Monday, July 24, 2017
APC RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE LIST IS LOPSIDED

 

24th July 2017
PRESS RELEASE:
APC RESTRUCTURING COMMITTEE LIST IS LOPSIDED

Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), at its fifth regular joint National Working Committee (NWC) held on Wednesday 19th July, 2017 set up a committee to articulate the party’s notion on restructuring.

 

A statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, revealed the names of those in the nine-member committee which is under the chairmanship of the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai.

 

They are the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Governor of Kano, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun, former Governor of Edo State, Prof. Oserheimen Osunbor, APC National Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso, APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi and Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi as secretary.

 

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is greatly dissatisfied with the membership of this very important committee.

 

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.

 

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

 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017
PROTEST AGAINST BANIRE: A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT

 

19th July 2017
PRESS RELEASE:
PROTEST AGAINST BANIRE: A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT

Some supporters of the All Progressive Congress (APC) staged a protest in Lagos yesterday to demand the expulsion of the National Legal Adviser of the party, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN). The demand was premised on the latter’s recent condemnation of the imposition of candidates in the coming local government election in Lagos State.

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) regards the protest as a dangerous precedent. As victims of a 16-year pillaging of the common wealth of the Nigerian people by the former ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), we are concerned that such internal wrangling is likely to open a window of opportunity for the PDP and its army of greedy, selfish and overtly corrupt politicians to stage a comeback.

It is natural for innocent onlookers who are watching the unfolding scenario to start feeling unsafe. Corruption drove Nigeria to the pitiable economic condition in which it found itself today and the PDP should be blamed for the country’s present woes. The present administration’s headlong attack on corrupt elements in the country gave hope to the masses but crisis in APC is beginning to becloud this sense of security moreso since the war against corruption is far from being over as new challenges rear their ugly heads on a daily basis.

APC leaders should borrow a leaf from its recent loss in Osun senatorial election where victory was snatched by opportunists whose major credential is dancing on their fathers’ grave. Charles Darwin’s wise words come in handy in these circumstances: “It is not the strongest of the species or the most intelligent that survives. It is the one most adaptable to change”

 

By calling for adherence to democratic principles as entrenched in the party’s constitution and demanding a stop to the imposition of candidates, Banire was merely performing his duty as the party’s legal adviser. The call for expulsion is therefore arbitrary. It should be ignored in the interest of the party and that of the Nigerian people at large.

 

We advise APC leadership at the national level to immediately set its reconciliation machinery in motion and to up its internal democracy game. At the local level, the leaders are advised to stoop to conquer. They should remember that the hawks are waiting by the ringside. We appeal to all stakeholders to sheath their swords in the interest of Nigeria. There is also no need to feel slighted as this will not diminish an inch from the greatness of the founding fathers of the party.

 

Banire represents the new generation politician and any attempt to expel him for defending noble principles of democracy will send the wrong signals to up and coming generation of politicians. While Banire may have fallen foul of Woodrow Wilson’s advice that, “If you want to make enemies, try to change something”, APC leadership should be wary of ignoring Hegel’s warning that history always repeats itself and Karl Marx’s rejoinder that the first repetition of history is a tragedy and the second, a farce.

 

We further advice that APC leadership should not see Banire as an enemy. Neither should it frown at his exposure of certain autocratic propensities within the party. Former President Goodluck Jonathan learnt too late that it is better to listen to complaints coming from within and he paid dearly for it.

 

According to Aristotle in his Analytics, “Opposition is true friendship. The man who tells you that you have a stinking rear is your friend. He is only drawing attention to your bodily filth and asking you to do something about it. He is better than a sycophant who says you can always come out of the sewage tank and smell roses!”

 

On a last note, we affirm that we are not interested in any political party. Our concern springs from genuine fear for a return to unbridled kleptomania, reckless spending and free descent into corruption without tears in Nigeria. MURIC’s advocacy is party-blind, ethnically neutral and religiously liberal. We are middle-roaders and social jihadists seeking food for hungry Nigerians, healing for the sick, clothing apparels for the naked and shelter for the homeless.

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

 

 

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ISHAQ AKINTOLA: Professor of Islamic Eschatology, Muslim Activist, Human Rights Activist, Social Commentator, Advocate of Dialogue. MY PHILOSOPHY: I remain oppressed until the hungry are fed, the naked clothed,the sick healed and the homeless sheltered.

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