This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
In spite of the truce
reached at a parley between Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and Muslim
leaders from the South West three weeks ago, members of the Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) in Ekiti State have sighted the governor’s bulldozers strategically
stationed near the mosques under threat in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Saturday 22nd
This move is not
only irrational but also highly provocative. Governor Fayose is deliberately
provoking Muslims in Ekiti State and, by inference, in Yorubaland and the
country as a whole for his own personal agenda. For reasons best known to him, Fayose
wants to set Nigeria on fire. He knows that his action is capable of causing a
breach of the peace yet he appears determined to go ahead.We
warn that nobody should blame Muslims for any breakdown of law and order if
those mosques are demolished.
We are bewildered that the chief security officer of a
state can be hell-bent on stoking religious riot in a country heavily beleaguered
with religious conflicts. Fayose’s belligerence and open display of hostility
towards his Muslim citizens belies the perceived atmosphere of peaceful
coexistence between Christians and Muslims in South Western Nigeria.
Many people, including foreigners in the country, are under
the impression that religious intolerance exists only in the northern part of
the country. Nay, the truth of the matter is that Muslims in the region have
been patiently bearing a long-drawn repression and denial of their Allah-given
fundamental human rights.
exhibition of fascism and religious intolerance has just proved that the claim
of peaceful coexistence among Yoruba Christians and Muslims is a myth, a mirage
and a total illusion. There has been peace because the Muslims of the region have
demonstrated extreme forbearance. The Muslims have continued to remain peaceful
even in the face of gross provocations.
We recall that the American Congress invited the former president
of CAN, Ayo Oritsejafor, to address its members on the purported atrocities
committed by Nigerian Muslims. He told the American lawmakers bundles of lies
but, unfortunately, the US Congressmen are yet to grant Nigerian Muslims the
right of response in the name of fair hearing.
The reality on ground is that while a handful of Christians
may be amenable to the idea of religious tolerance, many others like Fayose
have a phobia for Muslims and an allergy for seeing any Islamic monument in
their neighbourhood. Fayose is determined to uproot every single Islamic
landmark on Ekiti soil before his tenure expires in 2018.
MURIC calls the attention of leaders of the Christian
Association of Nigeria (CAN) to Fayose’s aggression against Muslims. We appeal
to Western diplomats in the country to spare a little time to study the religious
landscape in Yorubaland. We charge leaders of the National Assembly, lawmakers from
Ekiti State and all men of goodwill to make Fayose see reason. We invite
notable traditional rulers in Yorubaland, particularly the much revered Ooni of
Ife and the Alaafin of Oyo to intervene in the matter before it gets out of
Finally, we warn that the fragile peace and one-sided religious
‘tolerance’ being enjoyed in the South West may come under severe threat if Fayose
carries out his threat to destroy those mosques.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
COMMENDS FG ON MOVE TO RECRUIT 30,000 MORE POLICEMEN IN 2017
The Federal Government (FG) is set to recruit 30,000 more
policemen before the end of this year 2017. This was disclosed by the Deputy
Inspector General DIG in charge of north-west zone, Maigari Dikko in Birnin
Kebbi yesterday when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Abubakar Bagudu.
The Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) lauds FG’s decision. It is bold, visionary and pragmatic. It is
calculated to ensure security for all. This is one step towards moving the
panacea to Nigeria’s security challenges along global best practices.
By this action,
the Buhari administration has proved that it is not battling corruption alone,
it is equally tackling the problem of general insecurity in the country.
This decision will
boost efforts aimed at curtailing crimes in Nigeria. It is also commendable particularly
against the backdrop of 10,000 cops recruited earlier in January this year. If
it is allowed to become a fait accompli, it will bring the total number
of policemen recruited this year alone to 40,000. It is another feather in the
Federal Government’s cap.
We are excited by this
development. It is one of the best things that have happened in Nigeria since
the Annual Police Report of 2008 which put the total figure of Nigerian
policemen at 310,177. There has been no mass recruitment since then in spite of
the astronomical rise in the country’s civilian population. The December 2016
population estimate released by the National Population Commission in
conjunction with the National Bureau of Statistics is 193 million.
Considering the United
Nation’s recommendation of at least one policeman for every 448 civilians, it
becomes clear that we do not have enough policemen for our teeming population. This
explains why many criminals get away with their nefarious activities at will
and many crimes remain unsolved. The acute shortage has also informed the
wanton killings across the country.
We recall the frustrations of former National Security
Adviser, General Andrew Azazi (rtd) when he lamented in December 2011 that it
was impossible for the security agencies to police the entire country. It was a
euphemism for acute shortage of manpower among the security agencies and we
were shocked that nothing was done to address the shortage until the Buhari
administration came on board. FG’s decision to embark on another mass
recruitment this year, therefore, is not only timely but also belongs to the
class of Solomonic wisdom.
Although cities are said
to be conquered by numbers, the efficacy of modern technology must not be
ignored. Criminals are also getting more sophisticated. This is why FG must pay
urgent attention to the need for technological gadgets. In other climes, every
policeman is equipped with a walkie-talkie and a pistol. Communication
equipment makes it possible for the police to work as a team.
MURIC charges FG to go the whole hug by adopting a policy
of ‘one-cop-one-walkie’ and ‘one-cop-one-gun’. Not only that, our police
deserves better pay, improved health delivery system, good accommodation and credible
life insurance policy. We are ashamed to see policemen in uniform pushing their
faulty ram-shackle police vehicles. We are embarrassed each time our policemen
pack themselves like sardine inside their vehicles. In Egypt, Libya and Saudi
Arabia, it is one car to two policemen. Why should our own policemen be
Nonetheless, FG must
not concentrate on the police alone for improvements. Other arms of the
security agencies like the Department of State Services (DSS) whose numerical strength
stands at 33,000 officers and men as at 2008 need government’s intervention.
Permit us to throw in
a word of caution before we round up. Former Inspector General of Police, Sunday
Ehindero once admitted that there are armed robbers in the police. Therefore Police
authorities must not allow the euphoria of mass recruitment to becloud their
alertness. Imbeciles, area boys, hoodlums, sworn alcoholics, armed robbers,
etc, must be weeded out via rigorous screenings.
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
Nigerian Christians will join their counterparts across the
globe to observe Good Friday tomorrow 14th April, 2017 as part of
the Easter celebrations. The Easter activities will be rounded up on Monday 17th
April, 2017 when they will mark Easter Monday.
The Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) sends fraternal greetings to all Nigerian Christians on this
august occasion. We love our Christian neighbours and we wish to coexist
peacefully with them. Religion is love, not hatred. Religion is unity and
togetherness, not division and rancor. Originally from the Greek word ‘religio’
meaning ‘to link’, or ‘to bind’ religion is expected to bring people together
in peace and harmony.
We call on the Nigerian
body of Christ to consolidate the nation’s gains under the present
administration by heightening its patriotism and its readiness to sacrifice.
We charge Nigerian churches to promote internal justice, equity
and fairplay in all its dealings. We appeal to Christian leaders and clerics to
guide the nation’s leaders both at state and national levels with scriptural
wisdom, to redirect the focus of the youth from materialism to piety and to pay
special attention to core family values which are now lacking in society.
In view of the fact that corruption has been identified as the
major cancerous tumor afflicting the nation’s anatomy, MURIC urges Christian
leaders to give full support to current efforts of the Federal Government aimed
at energizing those vital cells in the Nigerian anatomy already affected by the
cancer of corruption.
We remind our
Christian neighbours that the impact of corruption in the areas of ignorance, disease,
bad roads, poverty, poor power supply, technological backwardness, etc know no
religion. It affects all of us whether we are Christians, Muslims or
traditionalists. We are all victims. We must all stand together in a single
file to fight this social cankerworm. No retreat, no surrender. We must speak
with one voice and reject those who arrogate our commonwealth to themselves
alone without caring whose faith is gored.
Both the church and the mosque have big roles to play in the
fight against corruption because corruption begins from the home. It is also an
open secret that the corrupt elements in our society are either Muslims or
Christians. These anti-social elements also come to the church and the mosque. We
therefore charge both the minbar and the altar to demonstrate the
political will to stamp out corruption in every home. We must address their consciences.
We must stop idolizing dubious characters. We must publicly appreciate hardworking
and honest Nigerians and stop deriding them for their low financial status.
Let us also come together in love and harmony to bring peace to
our great nation once again. Christians and Muslims worshipping only one God
must desist from seeing themselves as enemies. We are from one and the same God
and unto him we shall return. Killing and maiming in the name of that same God
is a huge dis-service to Him as our Creator. Let us use religion to fight evil,
not ourselves. We all do not have to belong to the same religion as it is by chance
that we were born in the South, East or Northern part of Nigeria. We could have
been scattered in Siberia, Holland or Trinidad and Tobago.
Finally, we call on Christian clerics and prayer warriors
to persistently pray for the survival of Nigeria, for peace and stability. We
look forward to the day when our religious leaders will extend dinner
invitations to each other and dine together while radio and television stations
air the joyous event live. We have no doubt that such an incident will go a
long way to promote love, forgiveness and peaceful co-existence. But who will
bell the cat?
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
The Vice President,
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, on Friday appraised the ongoing face-lifting exercise
at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja and confirmed that 80% of
the refurbishing has been done.
agents virtually line up the road between Kaduna Airport and Kaduna town as
police vans are stationed almost at every kilometer thus making the road
absolutely impregnable. Added to this is the unassailable rail and road transportation
network put in place to move travelers from Kaduna to Abuja. Battle-ready and
fierce looking security agents and their vehicles can be seen every ten kilometers
of the road while surveillance helicopters hover in the air.
To date, there has not
been a single incident of robbery or kidnapping along Kaduna-Abuja road since
the commencement of this security arrangement. It will be recalled that this
same route was notorious for its lack of safety. It was a den of robbers and
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commends the Federal
Government (FG) for the water-tight security network which is now in place in
that axis. It is simply fantastic and sophisticated. Yet we are constrained to
describe it as cosmetic, bourgeois and a window-dressing rehearsal at best.
We must ask FG some pertinent
questions. Why did it take FG so long to wake up to its responsibility? Is this
security arrangement real or cosmetic? Is it for every rich or poor citizen or
for the capitalist compradour bourgeoisie? Does any poor Nigerian travel by air
within the country? Are we going to see more of this even in other parts of the
country or is it a case of ‘the more you look the less you see’?
MURIC commends the Inspector
General of Police and the heads of other security agencies for the civilized manner
their men treated travelers along the Kaduna-Abuja road during this period. No
vehicle was stopped on the highway. No motorist was asked to show his or her
particulars. Every traveler was given red carpet treatment.
This has prompted us
to ask: are these security agents who line up the Kaduna-Abuja route Nigerians
or are they seconded to the country from one of the advanced democracies of
Europe and the Americas? Or are they aliens from other planets?
The Nigerian system is fraudulent, exclusive and deceptive.
Why did we allow robberies and kidnappings on our roads when our security
agents are capable of making this type of arrangement? The basic responsibility
of government is to ensure the safety of lives and properties but the reverse
is the case in Nigeria. We are stupefied that this massive security network can
be put together in a matter of days.
We know it is all in
the interest of the rich and powerful. It is in the interest of the ministers,
senators and lawmakers who cannot land their jets in Abuja while the repair
work is still on. We are not deceived. How many poor Nigerians travel by air?
A state governor was recently reported to have more than
200 policemen around him alone. Some senators parade more than ten or fifteen
policemen. That is why the poor man has no policeman to protect him. The IG
should tell us how many senators have been kidnapped. How many lawmakers have
been subjected to trauma by hoodlums?
The answer is ‘none’ simply
because some powerful but selfish people have arrogated to themselves the
limited number of policemen that are available. They have perfected the theory
of the hegemony of the Nigerian political class by compartmentalizing Nigerians
into ‘those who should be protected’ and ‘those who should not be protected’. Who
allowed such frivolous luxury at the expense of the rest of us? Why should so
many policemen surround a tiny cabal? Is it because they are powerful
politicians? But should the rest of us continue to live in fear, abandoned to
Nigeria had 310,177
policemen with about 33,000 in the Department of State Security before Buhari
came on board. Mr. President found this inadequate and an additional 10,000
policemen were recruited. This is commendable but it still falls short of the United
Nation’s recommendation of a minimum of one policeman to every 448 citizens (police/citizen
With our current population
of 193 million citizens as at January 2017, Nigeria has fallen below the 2007
rating of police/country population ratio of 1.538. Buhari’s target must be
this global best practice of ratio 1.448. Nigeria needs to add at least another
100,000 policemen before the end of 2018 if we are going to take security very
seriously. Buhari must ensure that this becomes a fait accompli.
President Muhammadu Buhari to allow the change mantra to manifest in the area
of security. Nigeria’s security is presently for the rich and powerful. The
poor are helpless. They are not safe. They are denied protection. They are
denied justice. They are attacked by robbers in their homes and kidnapped when
they dare to go outside. They are harassed by security agents on the roads. Buhari
must put a stop to this.
Finally, we demand a
replica (or something akin to it) of the Kaduna-Abuja route security scenario
everywhere in Nigeria. Mr. President must direct the IG to withdraw excess
policemen from governors, senators, lawmakers and the rest of our oppressors
who have turned the poor into ordinary human shields. We the poor people of
this great country wish to feel the impact of Buhari’s change in the area of
security. We are not safe until this happens. Who feels it knows it.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)