The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has condemned calls by the newly appointed leader of Boko Haram, Abu Mus’ab Al-Barnawi, for Christians to be killed and their churches attacked by the terrorist sect.
In a statement on Saturday by its Director, Prof. Isiaq Akintola, MURIC said that it is totally despicable and criminal to target fellow human being for annihilation, adding that the call by Al-Barnawi could only come from a twisted mind.
The new Boko Haram leader said Abubakar Shekau, the former leader, deviated from the group’s ideology when he attacked both Muslims and Christians as well as their worship places.
Al-Barnawi stressed that under his leadership, Mosques, markets and other public places used by Muslims would be spared from further attacks but the same cannot be said for Churches and military establishments.
Mr. Akintola, however, said “Islam is love, not hatred. Islam gives life, not death. It builds and does not destroy. The Glorious Qur’an only allows Muslims to fight in self-defence (Qur’an 2:190). It forbids unjust and unlawful killing (Qur’an 6:151). It compares anyone who kills his fellow man to one who kills all homo sapiens (Qur’an 5:32)”.
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“We remind the Boko Haram coercion ideologues of the moderate posture of the Glorious Qur’an towards non-Muslims. Qur’an 2:256 says there should be no compulsion in religion. Qur’an 10:99 completely sweeps the carpet off the feet of agents of belligerence as it declares, ‘So you forcefully compel people to believe in Allah? But they would all have believed if Allah had wanted it so!’”, he added.
The MURIC director said Nigerian differences in matters of faith are part of the deliberate and grand design of Allah as confirmed in Qur’an 11:118 that there would still have been differences even if the whole world follows a single religion.
He, therefore, charged Muslims worldwide to limit their religious zeal to the true dictates of Islam as reflected in the verses of the Glorious Qur’an lest they transgress and should leave non-Muslims alone as Allah did not give anyone the assignment to punish those who reject Islam.
“We reaffirm our readiness to peacefully coexist with our Christian neighbours. We reject hate speeches and their authors whether from Boko Haram or the Islamic State (ISIS). The directive to attack Western interests is antithetical to the non-racial and pax vobiscum leaning of Islam”, Prof. Akintola stated.
“We call on the Nigerians and the rest of the world to separate criminals from their religion and desist from stereotyping Muslims as terrorists or their sympathizers. In this regard, we welcome the recent pronouncement of Pope Francis in which he urged the world to stop equating Islam with terrorism.
“We urge Muslims in the country to demonstrate solidarity with their Christian neighbours by ensuring that Boko Haram elements are not allowed to launch attacks on Christians in their neighbourhood. We have a duty to defend our Christian neighbours at this critical stage. This is the way to keep Nigeria united”, the statement concluded.
Unknown Gunmen Kill Ondo Traditional Ruler, Olufon Of Ifon
Oba Adegoke Adeusi, the Olufon of Ifon under Ose Local Government Area Ondo State, has been murdered by unknown gunmen suspected to be bandits.
Oba Adeusi was reportedly killed on Thursday evening at a spot around the Elegbeka axis of the town.
According to reports, the monarch was initially kidnapped before he was eventually killed.
The monarch reportedly died at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, as a result of gunshots he sustained during the attack.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Tee Leo-Ikoro, confirmed the incident to Channels Television.
Describing the event as an unfortunate one, the Police spokesman in the state also revealed that two people in the monarch’s convoy were kidnapped.
No Pardon For Rapists, Says Sanwo-Olu
Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has expressed that there is no pardon for people indicted in reported cases of rape and gender-based violence.
The governor made this remark on Thursday when he received a 54-page compendium on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence compiled by the Stakeholders’ Committee set up by this wife, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu.
The Committee was set up to give recommendations on how the fight against sexual and gender-based violence can be won.
Speaking at the occasion, Sanwo-Olu, restated his commitment to protecting the vulnerable demographics and getting justice for victims violated.
The governor said, “I am delighted by the work done by the Stakeholders’ Committee to bring attention to the problems facing voiceless adults and children in our society. Through your efforts, vulnerable people are building the courage to speak out on offences of sexual violence and heal their wounds.
“We will bring people, who have been perpetrating these crimes, knowingly or unknowingly, to book. We will ensure they never walk freely without the full wrath of the law brought upon them. It is part of our responsibility to ensure that the vulnerable members of our society have a voice and have access to where they can get justice when their rights are violated.”
Vendor’s Widow Disowns Family Over N500m Lawsuit Against Gbajabiamila
Josephine Okereke, wife of the Abuja-based vendor killed by a security aide of Femi Gbajabiamila, speaker of the house of representatives, has rejected the family’s demand of N500 million compensation.
Okereke while speaking to newsmen on Thursday stated that what she wants is justice for her late husband, and not the compensation being sought by his family.
Recall that some days ago, Ifeanyi, her husband, was shot by Abdullahi Hassan, a Department of State Services (DSS) operative attached to the speaker.
Days after the Speaker promised to ensure justice, the family of the slain vendor wrote the speaker, demanding a N500 million compensation.
Okereke, however, told journalists in Abuja that she was not privy to the N500 million compensation requested by the family.
“I was in my house when within 10 minutes my father-in-law came from Abia, he went out along with his other son and the next day I heard that my husband’s people are demanding N500 million as compensation,” she said.
“I was shocked and asked how will they be doing that and how will the speaker help the children again with such demand. All I want now is that the person that killed my husband to face justice.”
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