MURIC faults CAN over com­ment on Sul­tan’s visit to Jonathan

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­bas Ji­moh

The Mus­lim Rights Con­cern (MURIC) has con­demned the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral of the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Musa Asake over his com­ments on the vis­its of Mus­lims lead­ers led by the Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Muham­madu Saad Abubakar, to Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan.

Last week, Sul­tan Abubakar had led a Mus­lim del­e­ga­tion to the Aso Rock villa to protest the lopsided com­po­si­tion of del­e­gates to the on­go­ing na­tional con­fer­ence.

Asake has said that the Mus­lim lead­ers, who vis­ited Jonathan un­der the aus­pices of the Nige­rian Supreme Coun­cil for Is­lamic Af­fairs (NSCIA), were at­tempt­ing to po­lar­ize the coun­try along re­li­gious lines and to frus­trate the on­go­ing na­tional con­fer­ence.

Di­rec­tor of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Ak­in­tola, said in a state­ment that it was re­gret­table that “only four Mus­lims among the 15 del­e­gates ap­proved for North Cen­tral (in­clud­ing Kwara, Niger, and Kogi); only one Mus­lim among the 15 del­e­gates from the South-West; only two Mus­lims out of six re­tired po­lice of­fi­cers, only one Mus­lim out of six re­tired mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity per­son­nel and that only six Mus­lims made the 20 del­e­gates picked by the federal govern­ment.”

He said the facts were “in­con­tro­vert­ible and the Sul­tan put them be­fore Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan. The del­e­gates are there and any­body can do the count­ing. So what is CAN’s prob­lem? In­stead of throw­ing stones or in­cit­ing his fol­low­ers against the federal govern­ment, the Sul­tan of Sokoto, Al­haji Muham­mad Sa’ad Abubakar per­suaded Mus­lims to be pa­tient and told them that the mat­ter would be looked into.”

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