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'
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
MAOLUD MESSAGE: BUHARI SHOULD PARDON THE 54 SOLDIERS
30th November, 2017
PARDON THE 54 SOLDIERS
Government (FG) has declared tomorrow Friday 1st December, 2017 as a
holiday to mark the birthday of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) felicitates with the
Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for
Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, CFR, mni on
this auspicious occasion. We also congratulate the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and
the entire Nigerian citizenry for witnessing another birthday of the greatest man
that ever lived.
According to the Glorious Qur’an, Prophet Muhammad was the
seal of all prophets (Qur’an 33:40) and an exemplary leader (Qur’an 33:21). He
was sent to the whole world (Qur’an 34:28) as a compassion to Muslims and
non-Muslims alike (Qur’an 21:107 wa ma arsalnaaka ilaa rahmatan lil‘aalamiinوما ارسلناك الا رحمة للعالمين).
The celebration of the Prophet’s birthday is therefore the recognition
of Compassion. It is the day of mercy, a day that deserves being declared as
Compassion Day by world organizations like the United Nations.
A fortiori, MURIC reminds President
Muhammadu Buhari of the plight of the 54 soldiers who were imprisoned for
refusing to fight Boko Haram insurgents with poor weapons. FG may not realize it,
but the 54 soldiers actually exposed the $2.1 billion arms fraud. They are
whistle-blowers, not criminals.
Paradoxically, while other whistle-blowers
are being rewarded, the 54 soldiers are languishing in jail. This casts a
shadow on our war against corruption. It is very disheartening.
In the spirit of the Compassion
Day which the Prophet’s birthday signifies, MURIC appeals to Mr. President and
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to grant
presidential pardon to the 54 soldiers.
We call on civil society, particularly
anti-corruption crusaders to speak out for the 54 soldiers. We also appeal to
state governors and chief judges to use the occasion to visit prisons in their
states with a view to setting free a large number of inmates particularly those
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)