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'
Monday, December 4, 2017
PRIVATE UNIVERSITIES PERSECUTING MUSLIM STUDENTS
4th December, 2017
UNIVERSITIES PERSECUTING MUSLIM STUDENTS
of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has been inundated with complaints of
religious persecution in Christian private universities. Despite the humongous
amount being charged as school fees and other miscellaneous charges in those private
tertiary institutions, Muslim students are marked for stigmatization, contemptuous
treatment and forceful conversion.
MURIC strongly condemns these
neo-colonialist propensities. Tyranny is least expected in cassock. It is quite
demeaning, totally unbecoming and outrightly preposterous. Conscienceless power
is subjugating powerless conscience.
ugly development is a dangerous dimension at this stage of Nigeria’s history.
By subjecting Muslim students to such mental and spiritual torture, Christian
private universities in Nigeria are reminding us of the sad experience
encountered by Nigerian Muslims at the advent of colonialism when Western
education was used as a weapon to forcefully convert Muslims to Christianity.
It is neo-colonialism per se. Such repression of Muslim students in
Christian institutions gives anti-Western education ideologues like Boko Haram a
good excuse to justify their stand.
Muslim students in various Christian
private universities have reported how they are forced to attend church on
Sunday. They are compelled to go to the chapel for various Christian-oriented programmes.
A leading Christian private university rusticated a Muslim student who happened
to be the president of the students’ union on a flimsy excuse. Female Muslim
students who have been using hijab before they were admitted are disallowed from
using it the moment they pay their school fees and conclude other registration
formalities whereas such rules are not rolled out earlier.
failure to stipulate the anti-Muslim rules before admitting candidates amounts
to deliberate entrapment of Muslim youths, deception and gross failure to
fulfill a social contract. It is morally deficient. Christian private
universities are being used by Christian organizations to seize by the bends
what they could not get by the straights. The Nigerian public is being taken
for a wild ride and, for Muslim parents and their children and wards, it is
like taking a ‘one-chance’ bus.
the owners of Christian private universities can only be blamed for oppressing
Muslim students and seeking conversions by both fair and foul means, we single
out Muslim parents, their children and wards who go out of their way to enroll in
Christian private universities. What exactly do they expect? Why didn’t they
choose Islamic private universities where their freedom of religion can be
guaranteed? Was there any force majeure?
institutions in Nigeria have not been known to respect the fundamental human
rights of Muslims. This is a big minus on the part of Nigerian Christendom. God
is a God of justice and fairness. Those who worship God must worship Him in spirit
and in truth. The use of foul means to serve God runs counter to this ideal. It
is ungodly to ‘trick’ fellow homo sapiens into an educational
institution where they will be subjected to spiritual enslavement for at least
four years or more. It is spiritual corruption to give unto God what was
immorally and unjustly obtained. It is shameful.
charges the National Universities Commission (NUC) to investigate this serious
allegation made against Christian private universities in Nigeria. NUC cannot
afford to stand akimbo while thousands of Muslim students are spiritually
raped. Were those universities licenced to forcefully convert Muslim students
NUC must protect those innocent students more so since
denial of religious right under any guise is a breach of Section 38 (i) &
(ii) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. NUC has a
duty to call universities to order when they roll out Draconian rules. MURIC is
in possession of documents and data spelling out the atrocities committed by
Christian private universities and we are ready to supply them if NUC has the
political will to perform its duty.
invite the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to take a critical look at these
allegations which boarder on infringement on fundamental human rights. MURIC
will soon forward incriminating documents in its possession to the commission.
Although we have refrained from naming the implicated Christian universities in
this press statement, such details will be unveiled when we submit our
appeal to the Federal Government not only to establish more universities but
also to increase its funding of existing ones to enable them to admit more
students and provide qualitative education. State universities are implored to
make adequate funding of those institutions established by them a major
priority. We call for the establishment of more Islamic universities. Nigerian
Muslims are reminded that proceeds from the annual hajj exercise can be used to
establish Islamic universities in all the six geo-political zones.
our concluding remarks, we warn Muslim parents and guardians to stop seeking
admission for their children and wards in Christian private universities. We jog
the consciences of the authorities of Christian universities who suppress the
religious rights of Muslim students to open the gates of Babylon and ‘Let My
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)