Islamic group fumes, warns PDP against demonising Islam

Prof Is-haq Akintola, MURIC director
“The attention of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has been drawn to a statement credited to the spokesperson of Nigeria’s ruling party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in which he said that Nigeria’s main opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) is an agenda for the Islamisation of Nigeria.
“This statement is unguarded, unprofessional, parochial and myopic. Such a statement is only to be heard from a man running diarrhea of the mouth. We challenge him to produce evidence. While we believe it is meant for a few gullible Nigerians, we have no doubt that majority of Nigerians will not allow themselves to be hoodwinked by self-serving politicians.
“MURIC appeals to PDP mainstream to call its spokesperson to order. Religion is a very sensitive issue in this country and no political party should attempt to turn Islam into a pawn in its political chess game. We warn that any political party which attempts to drag the name of Islam into the murky waters of Nigerian politics will have the Muslims to contend with.
“Instead of crying wolf where there is none, we advise PDP’s spokesman to engage in critical self-examination. PDP’s political woes are self-inflicted and they should blame none but themselves. X-rayed with microscopic accuracy, PDP will find that the raison d’etre for its current dwindling fortunes are not unconnected with complacency, executive impunity, managerial ineptitude, moral bankruptcy, poverty of integrity among its leadership, etc, etc.
“Above all, PDP must trace its present calamity to the arrogance of its political leadership and the failure of its ruling arrowhead to honour pledges. Even the Glorious Qur’an assures that “Those who break Allah’s covenants after it has been ratified, those who put asunder what Allah has ordered to be joined and those who do mischief on earth: these are the people who cause loss unto themselves” (Qur’an 2:27).
“Nigerian politicians must know that the promise of Allah often starts its manifestation in this world. The Qur’an also affirms that men will be held accountable for their promises (Qur’an 17:34). This accountability may have begun in present-day Nigeria for some political parties and their leaders. All three signs of the hypocrite as enumerated by Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) in his hadith are now manifest in Nigeria’s leaders: lying, breaking their pledges and betraying trust.
“The way forward for PDP leadership is to withdraw the fraudulent statement credited to its spokesman, apologise to Nigerian Muslims in particular and all Nigerians in general and seek Allah’s forgiveness.
“Finally, we assure Nigerians that Muslims have no anointed political party. We are in all political parties (PDP, APC, Labour, PDM, APGA, etc) and we cannot afford to be partial or parochial. We wish all of them well. Our members voted for all political parties (including the PDP) and they will continue to vote for political parties of their inclination without being prompted from the minbar (mosque’s pulpit). We are not interested in religious politics. Nonetheless, we cannot keep quiet in the face of the unwarranted, unprovoked, unsolicited, irrational and inexplicable statement credited to the PDP spokesman.
“APC as an Islamic agenda exists only in the figment of the imagination of dreamers who lack drive. We have no doubt that Allah is waiting for any political party or leader who seeks to persecute Muslims or to mock the religion of Islam. “Innah rabaka labilmirsaad”, i.e. Verily indeed your Lord is on the watch-tower (Qur’an 89:14).”
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Director,

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


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  • Canada boy

    The moment Jonathan started hijacking the pulpit of some gullible “pastors” to campaign for 2015, I knew it will come to this. I just pray the man will be able to finish what he is about to start

    • Aisha Mahmud

      Hmmmm thank u. The way he’s involving CAN president in his ploitical ambition is disturbing and a source of concern even for christians because religious heads are not suppose to be part of d dirty political games played in ds country.

      • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

        @ Hateme,
        But you lied against your Jonathan, for he claimed severally that Boko haram did not start in his days.

        Men of God may be openly praying for goodluck Jonathan, you may have what you call useless islamic lecturers in LASU and whatever, the truth remains Goodluck Jonathan and PDP are confused.

    • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

      The man and his team are just confused.

      They don’t know what it take to win someone’s confidence. They think it is easy to win election after failing to deliver. they all know that their rigging machine is now grounded. They discover that the opposition are gaining grounds by days and with little or no effort.
      PDP is confused that they don’t know what to do again.
      I can assure you that before 2015 you’ll hear PDP calling for military take over or split of the country.

      They are just confused.

      • Hateme

        We will see who is confused between Jonathan and your so called Islamic bigots? The Problem of religion started immediately Jonathan was to be sworn in as the President of this country. Tell me, who were the parasitic idiotic Northerners fuming fire that They would make this country ungovernable for Jonathan to rule? Who ignited the Boko Haram insurgency to start killing Christians and bombing churches? CAN President was never and has never been involved in Politics until your Foot soldiers called Boko Haram started killing xtians, and you want him just to keep quiet? When Yaradua was thee head of State, didn’t he hire your smelly Islamic marabouts to pray for him @ the State house 24/7? Or was it because it was been done secretly as known to Muslims? We Christians to hide anything, that’s why u see dignified men of God openly praying for the President because its only Prayers that can defeat all you Mohammed worshipers! I av known this useless islamic extremist lecturer from LASU a long time ago. Was he not the one intentionally fixing lectures on Sundays so that students wouldn’t be able to attend church services? And also, he was the idiot who was fighting for Fridays to be converted to work-free day since Sunday is a work-free day. Thats the level of thinking of a so called Professor (Professor in Arabic studies anyway) who should be a teacher in one of these ‘ile kewu’. A Yoruba adage says ‘Eefin n’iwa’ ..meaning no matter how you try to conceal your attitude, it will surely come out like smoke, because you cannot hide a fire from emitting smoke! See this man trying to defend APC as NOT an Islamic party, and he went on to start quoting their useless evil book called qoran in support of his claims. So what are we saying? This man just confirmed PDP’s allegations..shikena!

  • Better Life

    Another bastard and child rapist like muhammad talking, go and hid before we drone you now terrorist.

    • Omar

      U most b very… people like u don’t don’t deserve 2 live pple are trying 2c d country under one umbrella so dt we do away with politics of religion and ethnicity ur there putting insult of certain pple why nt yr pple

    • ebbie

      That drone makes u a better person than the bombers I guess.Try put your thoughts/words into writing,you will be shocked how much of incoherence is going on inside of you.

    • Macflowers

      This comment had better be plain ignorance and not deliberate mischief, cos if it’s mischief, then people like you are a danger to the society.

  • emmanuel

    This man is a blockhead. What further confirms the fears raised by Metuh, than the statements made to threaten people with violence.

    By the way, is Islam sponsoring a political party? What is your business with party issues if not that your group is part of the Islamisation agenda?

    Nigerians beware of a bobby trap ahead! Sanusi tried playing part of the well orchestrated game a few weeks ago, but it failed and Nigerians are getting better informed after each of the bad jobs.

    The latest is burning down homes and institutions to make it look like PDP’s job. This man Jonathan is not Obasanjo or those who killed Funso Williams in Lagos to have their way

    They shy away from National Conference because of the clandestine plans which they think is already in progress. God nor go allow una.

    • ebbie

      Am not sure we read the same article.I didnt notice anything reference either veiled or directly to violence.Please get education!

  • BlackieUmukoro

    This group has finally confirmed that APC has an Islamic agenda. We need not look far again.

    • haskeus

      So any Christian that ibelong to APC he becomes Muslim? That’s the sickness with you. u claim most educated in Nigeria but ur actions is more of ILLITERATEs. Can’t you use ur common sense and realize what is going on. Don’t use mouth before using Ur brain’s.

      • Usen Akpan

        Religious party shouldn’t be allowed in Nigeria, unfortunately, APC is moulded in that capacity for now.

        • Nuse

          Usen Did you see President Goodluck Ebelo Azikiwe Jonathan by the wailing wall in Israel with that white cap?

          • Usen Akpan

            Religion is a personal issue, that is what he belief in. That is how they belief that going to Israel or Mecca to prostrate make one closer to God. That is why both Religions waste our public funds on pilgrimages every year.
            As far as I’m concern, your personal relationship with your fellow man determine if you are religious or not.
            But my concern is with APC as a group not Individual, They should make their top hierarchy reflect combinations of a true Nigeria Society not singular religion. Egyptians learnt their lessons so should we.

          • Nuse

            I did not say religion is not a personal thing . But that contradicts what Goodluck Ebelo Azikiwe Jonathan did when he carried govt officials to the wailing wall. See how you contradict yourself? “Religion is a personal thing” but Goodluck Jonathan with a white cap on dragged govt officials to TOUCH the wailing wall in Israel!!! Carry Go Usen

          • Es3

            All the government officials with him were there to perform their personal pilgrimages and not as a political party!

            Or are you now sayiing that when Yar’adua (and other heads of state and government in the past) in the company of government officials were in Suadi for hajj, they were there as a political party???

          • Yahuza Sani Sagagi

            Of all the Muslim presidents and heads of states, it is only Alhaji Sani Abacha that went for Hajj during his days as Head of State.

          • Es3

            That’s not true of them and their vice!

          • Nuse

            “…govt officials were there with HIM (i.e President Jonathan!) to perform their personal pilgrimages and not as a political party…” but they sponsored by by PDP govt (of President Jonathan, WHO they were with) to perform their “personal pilgrimages” paid from govt contracts and directly by govt! Wonder no go end for dis our contiri(country)!

          • Es3

            Nuse,

            Some of us strongly believe that pilgrimages are private spiritual issues and each should embark on theirs only when ready! But the law of the land and the actual practice in Nigeria is by succsessive governments at all levels (from the local governments, state governments and federal governments) sponsor Nigerians on pilgrimages to both Saudi and Isreal?!

            It is on record that it is this present federal government is the first of its kind to have mustered courage to working on the possibility of stopping that practice and untill they can succeed to legislate against it, it may continue?! Why legislate on it? If no legislation, no tier of government has the power to tell another what to do with their funds?!

            On the sources of funds that paid for the respective government officials? It is the same sources that have been paying for others pilgrimages before Jonathan’s government inherited it (and now working to stop it) that paid for them???!

          • ebbie

            Have u bother to check those who constitute the top echelon of APC with respect to the faith they profess? Until you do…pls stop propagating your ignorance.

          • Usen Akpan

            Named them Mr sabi, what re u waiting for

          • Jonathan

            Why don’t U ask Jonathon to make public all his political appointees including service chiefs and Ministers for Nigerians to determine who is playing religious politics.

          • Es3

            Yes, he was in his private and personal right as Goodluck Jonathan and not as PDP!

          • Nuse

            ah ! And former “Dr.” Princess Stella Oduah aviation minister was smuggled their to meet Goodluck Jonathan. Did former “Dr.” Princess Stella Oduah then meet Goodluck Jonathan in his personal right(sic) or public right? Was former “Dr.” Princess Stella Oduah minister for aviation there to meet HIM (in holy land) in her personal right too! Just answer es3. Na your words!

          • Es3

            Before that incidence, she may have had plans to go on her pilgrimage also?! If she was not able to make it again after the car incidence came up and she wanted to have an opportunity to talk to the President one on one, then she can still pay her way to Isreal to achieve that purpose, or can’t she?!

            There is FOI law now, make use of it to know who paid for Oduah’s trip to Isreal so that you can speak from position of authority next time?!

        • muhammad

          And that is why GEJ always use church as place of communicating policy statement of his administration instead of place of worship, poor Usen Akpen with ur hypocritical comment.Using religious sentiment by PDP this time around will not work as most Nigerians crying woefully by voting Terrorist into Presidency without realizing it at first instance.2011 October bombing is still fresh in our memory when a sitting President chosen to Bomb Abuja and put the blame on Muslim North in order to attract sympathy and condemnation

          • Usen Akpan

            Not only that, He bombed United Nations building and also burned 29students in their domitary and the killing of Christians in their places of worship in Kaduna, Niger, Born and Kano. Junaid lair Muhammed 1mb brain capacity

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Intelligent illiterate on the move again
        Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

    • Rodney

      Reno Omokri na BlackieUmukoro (President Jonathan’s New Media Adviser) na BlackieUmukoro Good day, how now? How body today? Dis thing, dis oiled money dey pay well well.

      • BlackieUmukoro

        Oil money good, but una nor allow us chop alone. We are tired of sharing with leech es Sent from my BlackBerry wireless device from MTN

        • Rodney

          Thanks so much Mr. Reno Omokri-New Media adviser to Goodluck Jonathan. I like this. Very good omokri na blackieumukoro.

  • haskeus

    The PDP and APC were build by Christians and Muslims so for any fool thinking that a political party :(APC;) is here to islamisition is illogical illiterate and selfcenterd.

  • Usen Akpan

    I don’t know much about APC being Islamic party but I certainly know that Premium Time is Islamic Paper

    • Nuse

      Just before the last election, President Goodluck Ebelo Azikiwe Jonathan went round christian camps kneeling before Pastors. Usen Did you see those pictures?

      • Es3

        Yes, not just Usen for I saw it too!

        It was the same way that previous muslim presidents and heads of state (in Nigeria) used to met Islamic clerics for prayers and other things concerning them?! Or, is it not???

        • Nuse

          So? Conclusion, President Jonathan is manipulating religion and ethnicity while putting himself forward as “christian” president-right?

          • Es3

            If you an Ifa worshipper, then be careful that when next you pay a visit to the oracle (or priest for ‘prayers’) to ensure that you do not “manipulate your religion and ethnicity while putting yourself forward as “a Nigerian” – right?”??!!!

  • Es3

    What a way to confirm that the Islamic Cleric (Garba) and PDP’s re-echoing of the alert as being correct?!!!

    If not, why would an Islamic group come out to defend APC???

  • RICH

    SEE ME SEE WAHALA. WATIN CONCERN THIS MUSLIM RIGHT CONCERN(MURIC) ME I THINK SAY NA PARTY THING.

  • Hateme

    The Problem of religion started immediately Jonathan was to be sworn in as the President of this country. Tell me, who are the parasitic idiotic Northerners fuming fire that They would make this country ungovernable for Jonathan to rule, are they not muslims? Who ignited the Boko Haram insurgency to start killing Christians and bombing churches, aren’t they muslims? CAN President was never and has never been involved in Politics until your Foot soldiers called Boko Haram started killing xtians, and you want him just to keep quiet? When Yaradua was the head of State, didn’t he hire your smelly Islamic marabouts to pray for him @ the State house 24/7?, so also Abacha, IBB and Abdulsalam? Or was it because it was been done secretly as known to Muslims? We Christians to hide anything, that’s why u see dignified men of God openly praying for the President because its only Prayers that can defeat all you Mohammed worshipers! I av known this useless islamic extremist lecturer from LASU a long time ago. Was he not the one intentionally fixing lectures on Sundays so that students wouldn’t be able to attend church services? And also, was he not the idiot who was fighting for Fridays to be converted to work-free day since Sunday is a work-free day? Thats the level of thinking of a so called Professor (Professor in Arabic studies anyway) who should be a teacher in one of these ‘ile kewu’. A Yoruba adage says ‘Eefin n’iwa’ ..meaning no matter how you try to conceal your attitude, it will surely come out like smoke, because you cannot hide a fire from emitting smoke! See this man trying to defend APC as NOT an Islamic party, and he went on to start quoting their useless evil book called qoran in support of his claims. So what are we saying? This man just confirmed PDP’s allegations..shikena!