Death Threats On Our Director Satanic, Can Plunge Nigeria Into Religious War, MURIC Warns

*insists Muslims in South West sidelined on Amotekun

By OWOICHO,

South West States   Concern (MURIC) chairmen have called for the immediate of some persons for allegedly issuing out threats to it’s , Ishaq Akintola, saying it Satanic and could engulf in a religious crisis.

They expressed this in a statement jointly signed by the six chairmen  (Murician Qasim Salahudeen), Ogun (Murician Tajudeen Jimoh), Oyo (Murician Salahudeen Abdul Wasiu), (Murician Marufdeen Odedeji), Ondo (Murician Abdul Ganiyu Maroof) and (Murician Shefiu Ayorinde) and made available to AUTHENTIC Daily on Tuesday January 28, 2020.

“A handler directed a death threat to the director and of our Islamic rights organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola, about a week ago. 

“He wrote a chilling comment on Professor Akintola’s and posted it. 

“The post was, in turn, screenshot from the Whatshap of a contact who identified herself as Tosin a..a ‘Hidee’ with telephone number 08163964812.

“The death threat was issued under the caption, ‘THIS COBRA NEEDS TO BE KILLED’ and the exact used were:

is one big COBRA we must kill, before it kills of with its venom. This MURIC man, Professor Ishaq Akintola, must be tamed, else he succeed in destroying Yorubaland with venom from his religious stupidity. He sees, he talks and behaves like a big radical . He’s an agent of disunity, and must be called to order before it is too late.”

“We, the chairmen of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) branches from the South West, specifically from Ekiti (Murician Qasim Salahudeen), Ogun (Murician Tajudeen Jimoh), Oyo (Murician Salahudeen Abdul Wasiu), Osun (Murician Marufdeen Odedeji), Ondo (Murician Abdul Ganiyu Maroof) and Lagos (Murician Shefiu Ayorinde) hereby totally and categorically condemn the death threat issued against Professor Ishaq Akintola, the director of our organization,” it said.

They said that the death threat is Satanic and provocative. 

“It is capable of causing religious crisis not only in the South West but in Nigeria as a whole. Apart from revealing a desire to assassinate our director, it is also an incitement of the against the founder and director of our organisation. We insist that no harm must come to Professor Ishaq Lakin Akintola.

“It is clear from the words used in the death threat that the behind the satanic is a Yoruba person who feels aggrieved by MURIC’s stand on the Amotekun outfit which the of the South West have proposed. 

“For the avoidance of doubt, MURIC did not oppose the establishment of a security unit in Yorubaland so as it is for better security. MURIC only opposed Muslims in the region have been sidelined in the arrangement. We reject the idea of collecting certificate from churches or letters of recommendation from pastors.

“Is that why our must be killed? Is that why Akintola became your ? Is there no of speech in this country? Are we not in a ? Is this how want to treat Muslims after establishing Amotekun? We are certain that your intention is to turn Amotekun to a terror machine. want to assassins for eliminating Muslim leaders one by one.

“Yoruba Muslims have the right to speak freely. We are in the land of our ancestors. We are not foreigners. Nobody can expel us from the land of Oduduwa. We will continue to our fundamental without fear while we remain peaceful and abiding. We are willing to live peacefully with our neighbours whether they are Christians, traditionalists or atheists. 

“The Constitution accommodates all faiths. We are even ready to join the security in our different states once the religious is removed and the legal technicalities are resolved. But no true Muslim will give his or her blessing to a security organization which begins by anti-Muslim bias and targeting our Muslim in the North.

“For the sake of clarity, we that MURIC is a peace-loving organization and our motto is ‘Dialogue, Not Violence’. Incidentally, our leader, Professor Akintola, is also a peace-loving man.

“He has never engaged in violence or any violent group. He has always condemned and promoted peaceful coexistence among the adherents of different faiths. Akintola is also an anti-corruption jihadist.

“The implications of attacking the director of MURIC will have far-reaching effect because MURIC is not about one man. Its spreads beyond the South West to the North. Those who have been used to persecuting the Muslims while the same oppressors shout to high heaven without anybody challenging them see him as a threat because he has challenged the status quo and changed the .

“Already, there is tension among the Muslims over the threat to Akintola and the Nigerian Council for Shariah (South West zone) issued a statement on the threat on Sunday, 27th January, 2020. Therefore, anybody to attack such a man is to plunge Nigeria into another crisis.

“We wish to warn those behind the death threat against Akintola to know what they are up against. Think well before you . Akintola is of the voiceless Muslims in Nigeria and he is recognized as such throughout the and breadth of the country. You cannot attack such a person and get away with it so easily. Don’t cause trouble in Nigeria.

“This January 2020 alone, Akintola emerged as Number 4 Most Muslim in Nigeria for year 2019. This was the outcome of a conducted by a Nigerian newspaper. Also in 2019, our director and founder was turbaned the ‘ of ’ (Kinniun Adinni) by the League of Imams, Ikotun, . We all know what it means for hundreds of Imams to unanimously agree to give such a title to an Islamic scholar. We do not need to remind those threatening to kill our director that the lion is the of all animals, including the leopard (amotekun). What do you think will happen if the leopard attempts to launch an attack on the lion?

“In conclusion, we hereby call upon the of and the Director of the Security () to unmask, apprehend and prosecute those who threatened Professor Ishaq Akintola and to provide adequate protection for him. Professor Akintola is a payer and deserves to be well protected. 

“We believe that the security agencies will understand the enormity of the issue and realise that it is a matter of national interest. We affirm that is the best protector and the Most Merciful (Glorious Qur’an 12:64). We also restate our full confidence in the ability of the Nigerian security agencies to get to the bottom of the matter, particularly with the provided above as the person on whose status the threat was screenshot (Tosin Elizabeth a.k.a ‘Hidee’, telephone number 08163964812).”



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