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'
There were reports of attacks on minority ethnicities in
some parts of the country yesterday as a result of actions being taken by
Nigerian security agencies against separatists and agitators in the South
Eastern part of the country.
Rights Concern (MURIC) is irked by this ugly development. We condemn all acts
of violence against fellow Nigerians. It is unhealthy. It is barbaric.
We strongly suspect that some unpatriotic elements are bent
on destroying the good work of the Buhari administration. Having discovered
that their sophisticated plot to eliminate the president failed woefully, they
have decided to create tension and escalate violence to a level where there is
chaos everywhere. Their Mephistophelean
desire is to necessitate a forceful change of government. We must not fall into
their trap. Let us stoop to conquer.
therefore appeals for calm everywhere. We appeal to Nigerians particularly
Northerners to refrain from retaliatory attacks on non-indigenes in their
midst. We must not play into the hands of rebellious subjects and enemies of
Instead of attacking non-indigenes among us, let us form a
ring around them. Let us assure them of full protection by our communities. Let
us also create a solid police-community relationship for special protection for
non-indigenes in all states.
rulers are implored to follow the example of the Sultan of Sokoto who boldly
told Northerners to attack him first before attacking Igbos. The Emir of
Katsina has also displayed exemplary leadership and rare patriotism by assuring
non-indigenes of their safety. We expect no less from traditional rulers in the
South East and South South.
We must chart the course of peace if we do not want to see
Nigerians between the ages of fourteen and forty five carrying guns. We must
sue for peace if we do not want our daughters and wives raped in our presence.
Peace is the only choice before us if we do not want our children orphaned, 10%
of them killed and a large majority of vulnerable people exposed to famine.
We all saw how Rwanda children and women became refugees. Sierra
Leone has not fully recovered from the ravages of war. Liberia is a shadow of
its old self. We will create the world’s worst refugee crisis if we allow this
violence to escalate. No African country can help Nigeria because we are the
big brother and the rest of the world will only laugh at us for messing up the
golden opportunity which the Buhari administration gave us.
The Glorious Qur’an warns against vengeance and assures us
that former enemies can become our best friends. It therefore urges us to
ignore those who perpetrate evil by being kind to them (Qur’an 41:34). In the
same vein, the Bible implores believers to forgive and makes forgiveness a proviso
for receiving God’s own forgiveness (Mathew 6:14).
Christians and Muslims in this country must not allow the rest of the world to
mock us. The world will ask, “Why are there so many churches and so many
mosques in their country if they cannot follow the teachings of love, tolerance
and forgiveness in their scriptures?” The world will call us hypocrites and
they will be right. We must not allow this to happen.
Finally, we call on governors,
traditional rulers and community leaders to speak up against retaliation,
violence and hate speech. The time to do that is now. Let us remember Haile
Selassie’s warning, "Throughout history, it has
been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who
should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered
most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph."
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)