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25 Aug 2017

Muslim group reacts to withdrawal of quit notice on Igbos

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted to the withdrawal of the quit notice issued to Igbos living in Northern Nigeria by the coalition of Northern youths.

Professor Ishaq Akintola, its President, in a statement, commended the coalition leaders for listening to appeals made by stakeholders.

MURIC also urged other separatist groups to reciprocate by backing down on their aggressive stance and mellowing down their language of engagement.

“We see an urgent need for tension to be doused in order to allow peace to reign. Nigeria is not the only country populated by various ethnic groups. Europe, Asia, North and South America as well as other African countries have their own shares of ethnic enclaves but they are being civilized, accommodating and generous with it.

“While the Nigerian authorities must not allow the nation to degenerate into the Hobbesian state of nature, we contend that the idea of a totally egalitarian society as pontificated by certain pressure groups is Utopian.

“We therefore caution against extreme positions on both sides in the interest of peace. Perceived imbalance can only be addressed gradually and methodically and not in a fire-brigade manner otherwise it will be counter-productive.

“On a last note, we appeal to the various separatist groups to eschew hate speech and abuses. Qur’an 49:11 warns against the use of mockery, sarcasm and outright abuse by one tribe against another.

“Again, Qur’an 49:13 affirms that no single tribe or group of people is better than the other while Muhammad (SAW) the Prophet of Peace posited that mankind is all one. ‘You are all from Adam and Adam was created from dust. Therefore you are all equal, Prophet Muhammad maintained,” the statement added.

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