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'
Thursday, April 13, 2017
EASTER MESSAGE: LETS USE RELIGION TO FIGHT EVIL
13th April, 2017
USE RELIGION TO FIGHT EVIL
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)