Group says unrest in Rivers threatens peace in Nigeria
The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, an Islamic Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO has described Monday’s bomb attack at Ahoada East High Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, as a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.
The High Court was bombed shortly before a case against a member of the State House of Assembly, Evans Bipi, was due to commence.
The plaintiffs, in case which was to be heard by Justice Charles Wali, were seeking an injunction restraining Mr. Bipi from parading himself as the speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly.
MURIC said in a statement Tuesday by its Director, Ishaq Akintola, that it was greatly alarmed by the brazen and barbaric attack on the judiciary.
“We recall that there had been two other bomb attacks earlier in the state when unknown assailants bombed the Office of the Deputy Governor of on Tuesday 17 December, 2013. 24 hours later, a second bomb exploded in the office of Justice Charles Wali around 3.00 pm,” MURIC said.
The group said Nigeria appeared torn between fanatical religionists and extremist politicians.
MURIC warned all involved in such dastardly acts to retrace their steps before they destroy the country.
“We appeal to all stakeholders to hold the fire. We call on elders, particularly all former heads of state, to seize the initiative of reconciling the warring parties in Rivers State,” they said.
It also called on all men of goodwill to do whatever they could in dousing tension in Rivers State because whatever happened would ricochet across the country.
It also reminded the president, Goodluck Jonathan, that posterity would not fail to see his fingers in every pie fried in the politics of Rivers State.
“True statesmen care more about their country and care less about bruised ego,” the group said.