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'
Friday, June 23, 2017
MURIC SEEKS SPECIAL WELFARE FOR SENIOR CITIZENS
MURIC SEEKS SPECIAL WELFARE FOR SENIOR
The month of Ramadan is gradually
grinding to a halt and Nigerian Muslims are warming up to join fellow faithfuls
across the globe in marking Id al-Fitr.
The Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) felicitates with the head of all Nigerian Muslims, the Sultan
of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic
Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar III, all heads ofIslamic organizations in the country and the
Nigerian people in general.
We seize the
opportunity of the successful completion of Ramadan to show our appreciation to
the Federal Government (FG) for identifying with the Nigerian people in their
hour of need. In particular, we note with pleasure that FG has kept its promise
on the provision of jobs and stipends for the youths through the introduction
of N-Power from which about 200,000 youths have benefitted and are receiving
Equally gratifying is the
revelation that about 1,051,000 pupils are now benefitting from the Home Grown
School Feeding programme (HGSFP) in 8,587 schools in seven states across the
country. No less reassuring is the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) programme
from which 26,942 poor Nigerians have been receiving N5,000 monthly stipend.
While we applaud these humanitarian and welfaristic
programmes, we call FG’s attention to the plight of senior citizens throughout
Nigeria. These are elderly and retired men and women who have devoted the most
productive part of their lives to serve this country. They should not be
treated like ordinary oranges whose delicious juice is squeezed and sucked
while the useless peel is thrown away.
We call for a special welfare package for senior citizens
from the age of sixty (60) and above in the following areas:
1.One free meal per day;
2.Special free buses
at designated places and times and
SET THE 54
MURIC is sending a special appeal to the Acting President,
Professor Yemi Osinbajo to set the 54 soldiers free. These were soldiers whose insistence
on the supply of effective weapons to fight Boko Haram insurgents sparked off
the $2.1 billion arms investigation. They have been languishing in jail for the
past two years for exposing a fraud of monumental proportion in the army.
They are different
from the twelve (12) soldiers who fired shots at their commander. FG must
separate the wheat from the chaff. We must not treat heroes like rebels and
Finally, we appeal to Nigerians,
particularly those who have just completed the Ramadan fasting, to continue to
pray for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari and our dear country
Nigeria with peace, unity and prosperity as prayer points.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)