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Fani-Kayode’s defection: We have been vindicated – MURIC
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Fani-Kayode’s defection: We have been vindicated – MURIC

An Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), on Sunday, it has been vindicated following Femi Fani-Kayode’s defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC. In a statement issued on Sunday, by MURIC’s Director and founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he said “although, a tornado of criticism has greeted FFK’s action, MURIC would not join those who looked at the issue from one angle only, but will reflect deep and far to enable it see the precious treasure hidden behind the hard stones.” According to the statement, “Fani-Kayode is a man who has brazenly supported secessionists, irredentists and separatists. Nigeria drifted to the precipice of war and destruction as a result of the agitations of the groups supported by him, today, FFK in his new camp is most l...
Borno: Gov Zulum demolished 11 mosques, only 4 churches – Islamic group claims
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Borno: Gov Zulum demolished 11 mosques, only 4 churches – Islamic group claims

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has revealed that the Borno State Government actually demolished 11 mosques and four churches. The revelation by MURIC is contrary to claims that only churches were demolished by the state government. MURIC made its findings known to journalists in a statement signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. He said, “Contrary to a coordinated propaganda over the demolition of an EYN church in Maiduguri, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) can authoritatively report that the Borno State Geographic Information Systems (BOGIS) created by Governor Babagana Umara Zulum, actually demolished 11 mosques and four churches, in the metropolis. The exercise began from 29th May, 2019 up till last week,” the statement said. “A team of investigators working w...
MURIC blasts Makinde for protesting against Buhari
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MURIC blasts Makinde for protesting against Buhari

Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has slammed Governor Seyi Makinde for joining the June 12 protest in Ibadan. The organisation also blasted the South West for joining the June 12 protests against President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration. Nigerians in some parts of the country, particularly the South West, marked the June 12 Democracy Day on Saturday, with demonstrations. MURIC frowned at the protests, referring to the protesters as certificated ingrates, rebellious subjects and articulated enemies of peace. MURIC argued that the protesters have no moral ground to protest on June 12 since it was President Muhammadu Buhari alone who gave official recognition to that day when all past rulers had refused to do so. The organisation’s po...
All courts in Nigeria belong to Christians except Shariah – MURIC tells CAN
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All courts in Nigeria belong to Christians except Shariah – MURIC tells CAN

Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has told the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, that the existing courts In the country, except for the Sharia court, are all Christians’. MURIC made the claim in response to a recent call for the creation of Ecclesiastical courts for Christians by the Bauchi chapter of CAN. CAN in Bauchi State had asked the Federal Government to immediately establish ecclesiastical courts in the country to correspond with the existing Sharia court. The demand was submitted to the Constitution Review Committee in the State. But in its reaction, MURIC said it has no objection to the request, but went ahead to remind CAN that the Magistrates, High and Apppeal Courts are all Christian courts wondering why they are demanding for the creation of another one. MURIC s...
Reject Calls For Pantami’s Resignation – MURIC Tells Buhari
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Reject Calls For Pantami’s Resignation – MURIC Tells Buhari

The Muslim Rights Concern has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to reject voices calling for the resignation of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Isa Ali Pantami. This is according to a statement issued by the Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of MURIC The statement was titled ‘Pantami: Call for resignation afterthought, belated’. The group condemned Pantami's critics, claiming it is a ploy to weaken the President Buhari-led administration. It also alleged that the critics want to score a cheap political point with their demand for Pantami’s resignation. It reads, “The call for the resignation of the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Dr Isa Pantami, over remarks made as a teenager and long before h...
MURIC Demands Shari’ah Courts In South West & Edo – Ishaq Akintola
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MURIC Demands Shari’ah Courts In South West & Edo – Ishaq Akintola

There is no single Shari’ah court in South Western Nigeria where Muslims constitute the majority. This is contrary to what obtained in Yorubaland before the advent of the British. There were Shariah courts in Ede, Iwo, Ikirun, Ibadan, etc. Yoruba Muslims are now compelled to take their civil matters like inheritance, marriage, etc to Christo-Western courts. This is preposterous and unacceptable. We demand the establishment of Shariah courts in all South Western states including Edo State where there is a huge percentage of Muslims. Colonial administration was grossly unfair to Muslims. Nigeria was Christianised by Britain and Muslims bore the brunt. We suffered forceful conversion, denial of rightful employment and even worse forms of persecution. But what is most disappoin...
Don’t Succumb To Blackmail, MURIC Tells Pantami
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Don’t Succumb To Blackmail, MURIC Tells Pantami

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the Minister of Communications and Digital Planning, Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, to ignore calls by some people that he should resign. There has been calls for Pantami to resign over his alleged ties to terrorists sects. Pantanmi, who described the campaign for him to step down as politically motivated, renounced some the controversial statements he made in the past. But that did not stop those who asked President Muhammadu Buhari to fire him from continuing with their campaign. In a statement issued by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC said everyone has their past. “A section of the Nigerian press published reports of calls being made by some people for the resignation of Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami over the fake ne...
Blaming 8th Senate For Insecurity Under Buhari Is Propaganda – Saraki To MURIC
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Blaming 8th Senate For Insecurity Under Buhari Is Propaganda – Saraki To MURIC

Bukola Saraki, President of the 8th Senate, has condemned the “unenlightened propaganda” by Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC). A statement by Saraki’s media aide, Oluwole Onemola had recalled an accusation against Saraki by MURIC, alleging that the 8th Senate worked against Buhari on insecurity. MURIC had claimed the 8th Senate rejected the President’s request for $1 billion for the purchase of arms. However, Saraki condemning MURIC’s claims explained that the 8th Senate never rejected any funding request for security but had insisted that due process provided by the constitution be adhered to, even by the executive. Onemola also recalled that on April 25, 2018, Saraki read a letter from Buhari, which stated that he had granted ‘anticipator...
Blame Insecurity On Bad Losers, Anarchists — MURIC
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Blame Insecurity On Bad Losers, Anarchists — MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), says Nigerians should blame anarchists and bad losers among politicians for the current wave of insecurity in Nigeria. Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director, MURIC disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Thursday. “It is unfortunate that many Nigerians are not prepared to say the truth concerning who is actually responsible for the current spate of killings, kidnappings, banditry and insurgency. ”Some Nigerians know exactly who to blame but fear will not allow them to speak up. However, MURIC has a duty to say it as it is no matter whose ox is gored. “Certain conscienceless elements are manipulating information by spreading fake news in order to incite Nigerians against the Federal Government. “Bad losers among the politicians are also hell-...
Hijab Crisis: Rename Muslim, Christian Schools, MURIC Tells Kwara Govt
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Hijab Crisis: Rename Muslim, Christian Schools, MURIC Tells Kwara Govt

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the Kwara State government to rename schools whose authorities ‘have refused to obey court pronouncements’ and government’s directives on the use of hijab in schools. The MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, gave the advice on Saturday in a statement. “The (Kwara) state government must rename those controversial schools. They may be given names derived from the areas in which they are located. We like to suggest that, by extension, all schools in Kwara State which are still bearing missionary names, whether Christian or Muslim, should be renamed in as much as funding and the teachers’ salaries are still being paid by the state government. “It is obvious that the Kwara State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is de...
Hijab Crisis: CAN Hasn’t Learnt From History, Says MURIC
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Hijab Crisis: CAN Hasn’t Learnt From History, Says MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) says the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has not learnt from history. In its reaction to the crisis rocking Kwara State over the use of hijab in some secondary schools, Ishaq Akintola, director of the Nigerian Islamic human rights group, accused CAN of instigating crisis. Violence erupted at the Baptist Secondary School, Surulere, Ilorin, Kwara capital, on Wednesday, over the refusal of the school authorities to allow female Muslim students to use hijab. Parents of the students engaged the school authorities in a hot argument which resulted into a stone-throwing contest between Christians and Muslims. In his statement, Akintola wondered why the Christian leaders have refused to comply with the directive of the court on the issue. ...
Why Has No Yoruba Muslim Ever Occupied Aso Rock? – MURIC
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Why Has No Yoruba Muslim Ever Occupied Aso Rock? – MURIC

The Nigerian Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has thrown a question at the Nigerian political elite, particularly Yoruba leaders. The Islamic human rights body wants to know why no single Yoruba Muslim has ever occupied Aso Rock from independence to date. MURIC argued that all Yoruba heads of state have been Christians all along. To this end, the group has tabled a request for a Yoruba Muslim president come 2023. In a statement issued on Friday, 26th February, 2021, the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, contended that Yoruba Muslims have been at the receiving end of political and religious persecution for too long. He therefore opined that the time is ripe for a Yoruba Muslim president to emerge in Nigeria in the interest of fairness a...
Hijab Crisis: Kwara Is Muslim State, Take Your Mission Schools To Rivers – MURIC
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Hijab Crisis: Kwara Is Muslim State, Take Your Mission Schools To Rivers – MURIC

The Nigerian Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has waded into the hijab imbroglio in Kwara State. Some public school teachers had recently forced female Muslim students to remove their hijab within the school premises. This has generated controversy across the state leading to the closure of ten schools by the state government. In its own contribution to the debate, MURIC has vowed to take all necessary constitutional measures to stop the oppression of innocent female Muslim pupils across Kwara State. This was contained in a public statement issued by the director of the Muslim rights advocacy group, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Tuesday, 23rd February, 2021. According to MURIC, “What is happening in Kwara State today regarding use of hijab in s...
MURIC commends Kano govt for banning cleric over hate preaching
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MURIC commends Kano govt for banning cleric over hate preaching

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has commended the Kano State Government for banning an Islamic Scholar, Sheikh Abduljabbar Nasiru Kabarah. Recall that the Islamic cleric, Sheikh Abduljabar Nasir-Kabara, was banned over alleged inciteful preaching. A statement by the government instructed all broadcast stations and social media platforms to stop airing preaching, sermons and any other religious discussions likely to cause a breach of the peace of the state. It also instructed security agencies to ensure full compliance and take decisive action against erring persons or groups found flouting the order. Reacting, MURIC in a statement issued by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola said the action taken by the Kano State government was necessary to prevent any breakdown of law and o...
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We Have Frightening Evidence Of Heinous Activities – MURIC On Fulani Herdsmen

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said that it has overwhelming evidence of destructions of farmlands by Fulani herdsmen across all the States of the federation. MURIC wants the Federal Government to compensate farming in all the states where herdsmen invade farms with their animals. PRESS RELEASE: HERDSMEN: COMPENSATE FARMERS FOR LOSS OF CROPS – MURIC TELLS FG The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on the Federal Government to compensate farmers whose crops were destroyed by herdsmen’s cows. MURIC suggests that the compensation which may be instalmental, should be paid to farmers whose farms were destroyed in all states of the federation. The group said it now has concrete evidence of the culpability of herdsmen, including video clips in which cows destroyed farms ...
Give Bailout Funds To Herders To Buy Land For Ranching – MURIC To FG
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Give Bailout Funds To Herders To Buy Land For Ranching – MURIC To FG

The Federal Government (FG) has been tasked to do more than it is doing presently to address the burning issue of insecurity in the country. The advice came from the Nigerian Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC). The group wants FG to give the cattle rearing industry enough funds to buy land for the establishment of ranches. FG can ban open grazing after the bailout fund has been released. The suggestion was contained in a press statement circulated among the media on Wednesday, 3rd February, 2021 by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola. The statement reads: “The crisis between herders and farmers has generated severe tension over the years and it has resulted in open clashes with loss of lives and properties in recent times. In our o...
US Capitol Riot: Place Trump On Travel Ban, MURIC Tells Buhari
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US Capitol Riot: Place Trump On Travel Ban, MURIC Tells Buhari

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to place a travel ban on US President Donald Trump over his role in the Capitol building riot. In a statement on Monday, MURIC director Ishaq Akintola said Trump “stained” America’s reputation as a great democracy by his acts. The group also berated Buhari for being silent on the Capitol riot, noting the US government might have imposed sanctions if such happened in Nigeria. “MURIC calls on the Federal Government to speak up on the American debacle. America’s condemnation of African and other third world countries has been deafening enough to attract a tornado of backlashes at this moment,” Igbere TV reports that the statement read. “We are not happy that FG has remained silent. China, Turkey, and Iran h...
Pastor Gangers Abducts Muslim Girl In Kaduna, Converts Her To Christianity – MURIC
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Pastor Gangers Abducts Muslim Girl In Kaduna, Converts Her To Christianity – MURIC

The plight of a Muslim girl, Sadiya Idris, who was stolen by a Kaduna pastor, Reverend Jonah Gangers, has been brought into limelight. Although the case is already in court, the Nigerian Islamic human rights organization, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has called for a speedy trial and the arrest and prosecution of the accomplices of Rev. Gangers. MURIC made the demand in a statement issued on Friday, 13th November, 2020. MURIC’s press release was signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. The group said, “Sadiya Idris of Tudun Nupawa, Kaduna, was kidnapped in 2013 at the age of eleven by Reverend Jonah Gangers who resides in Barakallahu, Kaduna, and has his church there. The reverend was allegedly aided by a dubious character called Peter. Sadiya was kept against her wish in...
Stop Burning Mosques In Igboland – MURIC
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Stop Burning Mosques In Igboland – MURIC

Two mosques were set ablaze by the Igbo in Enugu on Saturday, 31st October, 2020. The Islamic School, Afikpo, Ebonyi State has also received threats of impending invasion. It will be recalled that 11 (eleven) Muslims were killed during the #EndSARS protests in Port Harcourt and Orlu while the Orlu Central Mosque was completely destroyed barely two weeks ago. Markets belonging to Muslims in the region were also attacked and properties worth millions of naira were destroyed, including whole trailers with the goods. The Nigerian Islamic human rights group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has condemned the attacks on Muslims in Igboland. MURIC called for a halt to the burning of mosques in the South East and South South. The organization also appealed to the Inspector General of Police t...
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“NBA Misfired” – MURIC Speaks On Removal Of El-Rufai

The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) yesterday removed the name of El-Rufai from the list of speakers at its 2020 Virtual Annual General Conference (AGC) which is scheduled for 26th to 29th August, 2020. Reacting to this development, an Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), described NBA’s action as parochial, myopic and jejune. MURIC spoke on Friday, 21st August, 2020 through its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. “NBA yesterday dropped Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State from the list speakers at its Virtual AGC which is billed to start on 26th August, 2020. It is high level prejudice. NBA as a group of learned literati should know better. It is parochial, myopic and jejune. “The fact that NBA took the ill-advised step on accou...
MURIC Denies Receiving N200,000 From ISWAP
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MURIC Denies Receiving N200,000 From ISWAP

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), on Tuesday denied receiving any money from terrorist group in or outside Nigeria. The group director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, gave the denial in a statement, following reports that it’s receiving N200,000 from Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP). Akintola described the allegation as illogical, adding that the group has always condemned every act of terror. The group said it was a wicked concoction from the pit of Jahannam, adding that it has never had any contact with ISWAP or any terrorist group. We remain committed to the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria,” the organization director said. “The motto of MURIC is ‘dialogue, not violence’. So how can we descend so low as to collect money from terrorists? Such lies will not fl...
If The Allegation That MURIC Is Funded By ISWAP Is True, FG Should Do This – FFK
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If The Allegation That MURIC Is Funded By ISWAP Is True, FG Should Do This – FFK

The former Minister of Aviation, Mr. Fani Kayode has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to investigate the allegation made against Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) by a fmr. Head of Intelligence of Mali that the Ishaq Akintola-led MURIC is funded by ISWA is grave. He also called on the FG to investigate this matter &, if proved to be true, declare MURIC a terrorist org., ban it, prosecute its leaders &, if found guilty, hang them. See tweet. The allegation by a fmr. Head of Intelligence of Mali that the Ishaq Akintola-led MURIC is funded by ISWA is grave. I call on the FG to investigate this matter &, if proved to be true, declare MURIC a terrorist org., ban it, prosecute its leaders &, if found guilty, hang them.
MURIC Reacts To Statement Allegedly Made By Miyetti Allah
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MURIC Reacts To Statement Allegedly Made By Miyetti Allah

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects a statement credited to Miyetti Allah in which the group allegedly said that Fulani will rule forever. We call on Miyetti Allah to confirm or deny the alleged statement. We affirm that Nigeria belongs to no particular tribe and every ethnic group has a stake in the Nigerian project. Leadership is therefore not the birthright of any ethnicity. We appeal to Nigerians to ignore the statement allegedly made by Miyetti Allah and to allow the group to make clarifications. We call on leaders to avoid divisive, explosive and provocative statements. We strongly suspect that the alleged statement is either a product of fake news or that the real statement had been deliberately distorted or that Miyetti Allah leader has been inadvertently misquot...
Amotekun: Muslims Reject Oduduwa Republic – MURIC
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Amotekun: Muslims Reject Oduduwa Republic – MURIC

PRESS RELEASE: AMOTEKUN: MUSLIMS REJECT ODUDUWA REPUBLIC - MURIC An Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has insisted that there is a connection between the amotekun initiative and recent agitation for the establishment of Oduduwa Republic. The group therefore declared that Muslims in the region will never be part of the proposed Oduduwa Republic. It called on the governors in the region to be wary of the activities of irredentist elements who are exploiting the euphoria of the moment to achieve their selfish and parochial objectives. The group also warned that breaking away from the rest of Nigeria cannot be in the best interest of the Yoruba. This was revealed in a press statement issued by the Director of the human rights association, Professor Is...
Coronavirus: MURIC Cautions Mosques against Reopening
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Coronavirus: MURIC Cautions Mosques against Reopening

Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has cautioned Islamic authorities in Nigeria against the reopening of mosques, amidst the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The advice was contained in a statement issued by the director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Monday, 18th May, 2020. A few states in the country, including Borno and Gombe, have relaxed the ban on religious gatherings, granting permission to mosques and churches to reopen, though with strict guidelines on physical distancing and maintaining proper hygiene. However, Akintola said such steps have to be taken with caution. He said; “There are reports that some state governments have given the green light for the opening of mosques. This may not be wise enough.” “We must be on the...
MURIC Tasks Obiano On Muslims In Anambra
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MURIC Tasks Obiano On Muslims In Anambra

The governor of Anambra State, Willie Obiano, on Sunday 26th April, 2020, gave guidelines to the state’s residents regarding the relaxation of lockdown in the state. However, an Islamic human rights association has criticized the governor for focusing on Christians and church attendance protocol during lockdown in the state to the detriment of his Muslim subjects. This was contained in a press statement circulated on Wednesday 29th April, 2020 by the group’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. “We are bemused by the one-sided statement accredited to the governor of Anambra State on his advisory to residents of the state on easing the lockdown. He kept referring to churches and church leaders thereby giving the impression that he only recognizes Christianity in his state. “Obiano...
MURIC Says Kano Deaths Suggest Plot To Depopulate Muslims
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MURIC Says Kano Deaths Suggest Plot To Depopulate Muslims

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has given a rather ridiculous interpretation to the unfolding tragedy in Kano, suggesting that the unusual death toll in the northwestern state could be “a deliberate attempt” at decimating the population of Muslims in Nigeria. Kano State has seen a spike in mystery deaths in one week amid COVID-19 threats. With scant resources nationally and low capacity to test, authorities are yet to determine if COVID-19 caused the deaths. Public concerns have arisen over the situation in the state, which now appears helpless, with Governor Abdullahi Ganduje accusing the Federal Government of neglect. In a statement on Monday, MURIC Director, Ishaq Akintola, lamented the unusual deaths, saying Kano needed help urgently, and then surprisingly brought a r...
MURIC Address Muslims Insisting on Going to Mosques amid Coronavirus Outbreak
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MURIC Address Muslims Insisting on Going to Mosques amid Coronavirus Outbreak

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has warned Muslims against contravening the ban on religious gatherings over the outbreak of coronavirus in the country. In a statement released by the group's director Ishaq Akintola, Muslims in the country were asked to adhere to the restrictions on public assembly. The group which pointed out that Saudi Arabia cancelled all Jumu‘ah prayers and also suspended Umrah for the first time in history, warned all faithfuls against being "more Muslim than Muhammad." MURIC reiterated that Islam is religion of moderation which does not encourage extremism, as the curse of Allah is upon extremists. The statement reads; “In spite of government’s efforts at sensitizing the general public on the need to shun gatherings, many Muslims are still callin...
Nathaniel Samuel, Christian Bomber: Fani-kayode, CAN Lied – MURIC
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Nathaniel Samuel, Christian Bomber: Fani-kayode, CAN Lied – MURIC

There has been intense controversy over the faith of the man caught attempting to bomb a branch of Winners Chapel Church, Kaduna, on Sunday 2nd February, 2020. Although the police gave the suspect’s name as Nathaniel Samuel (a Christian name), a former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode and Rev. Joseph John Hayab, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have argued that the suspect was a Muslim by name Muhammed Sani Nasiru. In the developing story, an Islamic human rights organization, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has pitched its camp with the Kaduna State Police Command, insisting that the suspect was indeed a Christian by name Nathaniel Samuel. In a statement circulated by the group’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Wednesday, 5th February, 2020, the hum...
MURIC Reacts To Attempt To Bomb Living Faith Church, Mocks CAN
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MURIC Reacts To Attempt To Bomb Living Faith Church, Mocks CAN

The Kaduna State Police Command yesterday announced the arrest of a suspected suicide bomber inside a church located at Sabon Tasha in Chukun Local Government Area of the state. According to the state’s Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Yakubu Sabo, the suspect, a middle aged man by name Nathaniel Samuel, a Christian from Bauchi State, was apprehended inside the church with a bag containing items suspected to be Improvised Explosive Devices (IED). The suspect was arrested yesterday, Sunday, 2nd February, 2020. About 200 worshippers usually attend the church every Sunday. The attempt to bomb the Sabon Tasha church has been condemned by a human rights organization, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC). In a press statement issued by the director of the organization, Professor Ishaq...
Rally Has A Political Undertone, Say MURIC, Akintola
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Rally Has A Political Undertone, Say MURIC, Akintola

The Executive Secretary of the Muslim Ummah of Southwest Nigeria (MUSWEN), Prof Muslih Yahya and Director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) Prof Is-haq Lakin Akintola have berated the organisers of the Christians rally, saying it has political undertone. Prof Yahya warned the leadership of Christians in the country to stop acting as opposition to the Federal government. “They are politicising the insecurity issue on one part and also diving the nation along religious line. This is unhealthy for our nation. That rally is more political than religious. Christian leaders behave more like opposition than religious people. It looks like they have an agenda that is different from protesting over the security issues. There is no sincerity in the rally,” he said. According to him, religi...
‘There are positive signals from Amotekun’ — MURIC makes U-turn after backlash
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‘There are positive signals from Amotekun’ — MURIC makes U-turn after backlash

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) says it is now seeing positive signals in the Western Nigeria Security Network code-named Amotekun. The group had accused governors of the south-west of recruiting only Christians into Amotekun which it had described as a militia. MURIC also demanded rebranding of the initiative, saying Amotekun has its origin in the Bible. The comment had sparked criticism, with a group known as Coalition of Progressive Yoruba Islamic Groups (COPYIG) describing Ishaq Akintola, MURIC director, as a big threat to southern Nigeria. But in a statement on Thursday, Akintola said Muslims can now seek recruitment into Amotekun as the group had found out that Muslims are among the management team. “There are positive signals emerging from the Amotekun camp. We ...
“Amotekun Is A Christian Name, Must Be Changed” – MURIC
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“Amotekun Is A Christian Name, Must Be Changed” – MURIC

Sequel to the resolution of the governors of the South West to give a legal backing to the Amotekun security outfit, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on the governors of the South West to allow the re-branded security agency to embrace all citizens living in the sub-region. MURIC also advised that the new security organization should not lean towards any religion or target any ethnic group for victimization. The call was made on Monday 27th January, 2020 in a press statement issued by the director of the human rights organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola. The statement further added: “No homo sapien compos mentis living in Yorubaland will oppose the setting up of a security outfit to complement the existing security agencies on ground (the army, police, NNDC, DSS, etc...
Amotekun: MURIC Sends Message To Southwest Governors
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Amotekun: MURIC Sends Message To Southwest Governors

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on Governors of Southwest States to allow the Operation Amotekun embrace all citizens living in the sub-region. MURIC also advised that the new security organization should not lean towards any religion or target any ethnic group for victimization. The call was made in a statement on Monday issued to DAILY POST by the Director of the human rights organization, Prof. Ishaq Akintola. This was sequel to the resolution of the governors of the South West to give a legal backing to the Amotekun security outfit. The statement added, “No homo sapien compos mentis living in Yorubaland will oppose the setting up of a security outfit to complement the existing security agencies on ground (the army, police, NNDC, DSS, etc). “We all want l...
MURIC Condemns Killing Of CAN Chairman
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MURIC Condemns Killing Of CAN Chairman

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has condemned the murder of Lawan Andimi, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Wednesday in Michika local government area of Adamawa. In a statement issued and signed in Lagos, the MURIC director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, who described the killing as horrific, ungodly and barbaric, said that anyone who kills innocent people does not represent Islam. “We condemn it in the strongest terms possible. We reiterate our earlier declaration that Boko Haram is not an Islamic group, rather it is a group of misled zealots’’. Prof. Ishaq Akintola, who sympathized with the leadership of CAN in particular and the Nigerian Christian community, urged all Nigerians regardless of religious background to unite against Boko Haram. He called o...
Amotekun: Who Ordered Registration In Churches? – MURIC Raises Alarm
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Amotekun: Who Ordered Registration In Churches? – MURIC Raises Alarm

Governors of the South West sub-region recently established a security outfit called ‘Amotekun’ (the leopard). However, an Islamic organization has raised the alarm over what it described as the attempt of the handlers of the new security outfit to accept birth certificates registered only in churches as one of the pre-requisites for eligibility for recruitment into the outfit. This was the view expressed by Professor Ishaq Akintola, director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) in a statement issued early on Friday, 17th January, 2020. “Let us make our stand on Amotekun clear from the beginning. MURIC is not allergic to any state or region taking steps aimed at rubber-cushioning the effect of the security challenges currently facing Nigeria. But the approach must be transparent,...
Hanan Buhari Flying On Presidential Jet Is An Inspiration To The Youth – MURIC
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Hanan Buhari Flying On Presidential Jet Is An Inspiration To The Youth – MURIC

PRESIDENTIAL JET: HANAN BUHARI IS AN INSPIRATION Critics of President Muhammadu Buhari yesterday went hysterical over the use of the presidential jet by Hanan Buhari, the president's daughter. The latter had used the jet on her trip to Bauchi where she had been invited by the emir to showcase her talent in photography. But a human rights organisation has defended the president's action. According to the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), critics are just making a mountain out of a mole hill. This was revealed in a statement circulated to the media by the director of the group, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Monday 13th January, 2020. "An emirate has shown keen interest in the uncommon skill of the president's daughter. The emirate therefore invited her to demonstrate the skill at a publ...
‘Christians Enjoy More Holidays In Nigeria Than Muslims’ – MURIC
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‘Christians Enjoy More Holidays In Nigeria Than Muslims’ – MURIC

As Nigerian Christians join their counterparts throughout the world to celebrate the New Year on Wednesday, 1st January, 2020, the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has alleged lopsidedness, partiality and persecution of Muslims in the manner the Nigerian government dishes out its holidays. Rising from an emergency meeting where it deliberated on the latest allegation of persecution by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), MURIC insisted that the last public holiday, which was declared by the Federal Government on 1st January, 2020, has exposed CAN as a body which enjoys shedding crocodile tears. MURIC’s stand was contained in a press statement to DAILY POST on Friday, signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola. MURIC said in the statement, “CAN claims it is being pers...
Suspension Of Ebonyi Christian Corpers: MURIC Reacts, Supports CAN
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Suspension Of Ebonyi Christian Corpers: MURIC Reacts, Supports CAN

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic human rights organization, has reacted to the expulsion of two female Christian youth corpers from the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Ebonyi State. MURIC declared support for the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN). MURIC leader, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Tuesday, said those expelled have the right to satisfy their conscience regarding what to wear and what not to wear in public. “There is freedom of religion in the Nigerian Constitution and NYSC is flagrantly violating Section 38 (i) and (ii) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. NYSC is behaving like the notorious Gestapo. It is time to liberalise”, it said. “It is not just a religious matter. Morality is involved here. ...
Buhari’s Government Is The Best Since Independence – MURIC
Politics

Buhari’s Government Is The Best Since Independence – MURIC

As Nigeria marks its 59th independence anniversary, an Islamic human rights organization has identified the Buhari administration as the best since independence. Making this assertion is the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) in its independence day message signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola and circulated to the media on Tuesday, 1st October, 2019. According to the group, while it is generally agreed that corruption is Nigeria’s numero uno problem, it is only the current administration that has frontally addressed this dangerous cankerworm while President Muhammadu Buhari has been the only ruler who has boldly confronted it. “We adjudge the Buhari administration as the best in post-independence Nigeria. Everyone agrees that corruption is the bane of Nigeria’s developmen...
Mujahid Akintola Is Dead: Ishaq Akintola, MURIC Founder Loses Son
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Mujahid Akintola Is Dead: Ishaq Akintola, MURIC Founder Loses Son

Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the founder of Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has lost his son Mujahid Akintola. This was made known by the Chairman of the Abuja branch of MURIC, Mr Salahudden Ustaz Yunus, via a condolence message made available to newsmen. Praying for mercy on the soul of the deceased, Yunus wrote: “O God, forgive him and have mercy on him, keep him safe and sound, honour the place where he settles and make his entrance wide. “Wash him with water and snow and cleanse him of sin as a white garment is cleansed of dirt. “Dear Lord, make the uneasy, easy for the queen of Prof. Ishaq Akintola household, to bear this trial and grant her succour. “May Almighty God grant the family in particular and the Muslim Ummah in general, the fortitude to bear the departure of Mu...
MURIC Complains About Delay In Trial Of Evans, Wadume & Others
Crime

MURIC Complains About Delay In Trial Of Evans, Wadume & Others

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) was not happy about the prolonged delay in the passing of judgment on billionaire kidnapper, Evans, Wadume and others. MURIC lamented delays in the justice system for criminals in Nigeria which allows criminals who have finally admitted & confessed to still continue to ‘maradonise’ the law enforcement agents and judges in Nigeria ‘years’ after their arrest. MURIC said: “How can a notorious kidnapper like Chukwudi Dumeme Onuamadike, popularly known as Evans still be appearing in court years after his celebrated arrest.” They continued: “It is sheer gymnastic procrastination. A lot of things are wrong with our judicial system. Evans was arrested on 11th June 2017. This is September 2019. It is past two years now for crying out loud and he may st...
Mosque Demolition: Wike Is A Pathological Liar – MURIC
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Mosque Demolition: Wike Is A Pathological Liar – MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic human rights organisation has again attacked Governor Nyesom Wike and his administration over the alleged demolition of the Trans-Amadi mosque in Port Harcourt, the Rivers state capital. In a statement released by its Director, Isahq Akintola today August 28th, the Islamic group called Governor Wike a pathological liar for “denying he pulling down the Trans-Amadi mosque”. Recall that Governor Wike, denied media reports that a mosque was demolished in the state. In a statement he released on Monday, the governor warned muslims in the state not to allow themselves be used by disgruntled politicians to cause chaos in the state. Muslims in the state claimed the governor had sent bulldozers aided by thugs and mobile policemen to pull down ...
MURIC Reacts To Kidnap Of 5 RCCG Pastors, Members
Religion

MURIC Reacts To Kidnap Of 5 RCCG Pastors, Members

The Muslim Rights concern group, MURIC has reacted to the abduction of Five pastors of the Redeemed Christian Church of God by unknown gunmen.In a statement sent to POLITICS NIGERIA on Saturday signed by its leader, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the group urge Nigerians to pray for the safe return of the Pastors. “We are deeply distressed by this ugly development. We empathise with Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the General Overseer of the RCCG. We urge Nigerians to join Pastor Adeboye in prayer for the quick and safe return of the kidnapped pastors.“Our appeal for prayers is to all Nigerians regardless of religion or tribe. We are one from Adam and Adam was from ordinary sand. It must be humanity first. Let us unite in prayers. A nation that prays together stays together.“In particular, we besee...
MURIC Reacts To Proscription Of Shi’ite
Religion

MURIC Reacts To Proscription Of Shi’ite

The Federal Government of Nigeria (FG) last week announced the proscription of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria (IMN) otherwise known as Shiites. Reacting to this development, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on Nigerians to allow FG to handle the situation. This was contained in a statement made available to the media by the Director of the human rights organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Monday, 29th July, 2019. According to MURIC, “It will be recalled that we suggested that FG should initiate dialogue with the leadership of the Nigerian Muslim community and leaders of IMN in order to find an amicable settlement for the Shiite imbroglio. “But more revelations have since come to our attention in the last 48 hours. For example, at least two Muslim neighbours ...
RUGA: Fulani Not Planning To Install Emirs in Enugu, Asaba – MURIC
Politics

RUGA: Fulani Not Planning To Install Emirs in Enugu, Asaba – MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has cautioned Nigerians against politicizing the suspended Federal Government Rural Grazing Reserved Area, otherwise known as RUGA, for herdsmen. The Islamic human rights organization, which gave the warning through its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola on Thursday, said; “Nigerians should stop listening to rogue politicians.” The group noted that there was nothing like Fulanis planning to install Emir of Oshogbo, Emir of Enugu or Emir of Asaba. It is all balderdash, adding that these are false alarms being raised by unscrupulous politicians and expired demagogues. The group observed, “For decades in this country, we have always had Seriki Hausawa in almost all the cities of the South just as we have always had In a Yoruba and Igwe of the Igbo in...
BBNaija: Fani-Kayode Blasts MURIC For Demanding A Ban On Reality TV Show
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BBNaija: Fani-Kayode Blasts MURIC For Demanding A Ban On Reality TV Show

Former Minister Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has reacted to the petition written by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) calling for a ban on Big Brother Naija show. On Friday, it was reported that MURIC wrote a petition to President Muhammadu Buhari calling on him to ensure that the airing of the 2019 edition of the reality television show, Big Brother Naija is put to a stop immediately. The Muslim group,in a statement issued by Professor Ishaq Akintola, its Director, labelled the reality show as ‘immoral, dangerous and bohemian’, Fox Meek reports. However, Fani-Kayode took to his official Twitter page to give a response to the petition written by the Muslim group while also accusing its Direc, Akintola of being addicted to the reality show. “Sheik Akintola of MURIC wants @BBN...
MURIC Petitions Buhari To Shut Down #BBNaija 2019 Reality Show Immediately
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MURIC Petitions Buhari To Shut Down #BBNaija 2019 Reality Show Immediately

The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, infuriated by the airing of the 2019 edition of the Big Brother Naija Reality Show and the indecent acts, has petitioned President Buhari to shut it down immediately. In a press statement issued by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Muslim group labeled the reality show as ‘immoral, dangerous and Bohemian’ and also wondered why the Ministry of Information and Culture and the National Orientation Agency are on sabbatical over the show. They also condemned the quest for wealth by the youths, which according to them has led to immorality, yahoo-yahoo, ritual killings and a museum mentality for the collection of female panties. The statement reads; “We are being forcibly dragged to a world of nudity, shamelessness and open promiscuity. Inm...
MURIC Blasts Governor Wike For Declaring Rivers Christian State
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MURIC Blasts Governor Wike For Declaring Rivers Christian State

PRESS RELEASE: CHRISTIAN STATE: CALL WIKE TO ORDER NOW The governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, declared two days ago that the state is a Christian State. The governor made the statement during a crusade organized by the Lord’s Chosen Charismatic Church in Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State. However, an Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on stakeholders in the Nigerian project to call Wike to order. In a press statement distributed on Thursday, 27th June, 2019, MURIC described the governor’s statement as audacious, unguarded and reckless. The statement was signed by the Director of the organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola. “At a time when Nigeria is facing religious and ethnic crises, a state governor still has the temerity...
Adeleke University Persecuting Muslim Students – MURIC
Education

Adeleke University Persecuting Muslim Students – MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has accused Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, of persecuting Muslim students in the institution. According to the Islamic human rights organization, the private tertiary institution is serially violating the fundamental human rights of Muslim students in the institution. This was disclosed in a press statement circulated on Tuesday, 18th June, 2019 by the Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola. “Adeleke University is a serial violator of Allah-given fundamental rights of Muslim students. This institution forces Muslim students to attend church on Sundays. It makes it mandatory for students living in the hostel to attend church every Wednesday and Saturday. “The practice of any other faith on campus except Christianity is banned. Muslim...

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