Islamic group welcomes Boko Haram ceasefire deal

Prof Is-haq Akintola, MURIC director

An Islamic Socio-Cultural group, Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has welcomed the ceasefire deal reached between the Jama’atu Ahlis Sunnah Lil Da’awati wal jihad, otherwise known as Boko Haram and the Nigerian government.

The Nigerian Chief of Defence Staff, Alex Badeh, on Friday confirmed that the Federal Government and Boko Haram insurgents had signed a ceasefire agreement.

Mr. Badeh also said he had directed all field officers in the troubled areas to comply immediately.

In a statement by its Director, Ishaq Akintola, MURIC said it warmly welcomed the development.

“Boko Haram insurgency has cost Nigeria most dearly. Over 3,000 lives have been lost while properties worth billions of naira have been destroyed. The country’s image has also suffered worldwide while individual Nigerian citizens in diaspora have paid one price or the other,” it said.

MURIC also congratulated the Nigerian Government for achieving the historical feat.

“We affirm that no price is too high to bring peace to the Northeast and consequently to the entire country,” it said.

The group also urged the Nigerian authorities to build on the achievement by going beyond the ceasefire.

“In particular, FG must push for the release of the Chibok girls from captivity,” it said. “This will definitely put smiles on the lips of the suffering parents once again. The release of the Chibok girls should be followed by serious dialogue with Boko Haram aimed at discontinuing the orgy of violence in the North East.”

MURIC said since the genesis of insurgency has been traced to ignorance, idleness and joblessness, the next task for the government should be to develop impoverished areas where extremism takes root and to extend the tentacles of education to all nooks and crannies of the North East.

“Thereafter, the youths of the sub-region must be engaged by giving them economic opportunities,” MURIC said. “It must be a total overhaul necessitating the creation of a North East development board as well as a ministry of North Eastern Nigeria.”

MURIC also charged the Federal Government to rigorously pursue these objectives because “it is always better to build peace because no matter how expensive the exercise, war is far more expensive, more painful, more destructive.”


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  • Frank Bassey

    If the genesis of insurgency has been traced to ignorance, idleness and joblessness as the cleric claims, the solution should be found in the ‘Religion’ that created such dehydrating feats. Looking for solution outside the fundamentalism of Islam amounts to digging an empty hole.

    • The following is from my article “Islam’s Jesus”:

      In Islam, hiding the intention to expand Islamic territory is a virtue. When Muhammad didn’t have enough soldiers,
      he agreed to be peaceful withMecca (Peace Treaty of Hudaibiya), but after he gained more followers,

      he sneaked-up on Mecca and took it during Ramadan (a pre-Islamic pagan fasting month).

      Following the example of Muhammad, Muslims (even today) advocate and follow

      Quranic and Hadithic verses that speaks of making peace with infidels when Muslims are the minority in a society.

      Examples of such verses are: Surah 2.256 “Let there be no compulsion in religion …”

      … The Qur’an and Hadith doesn’t limit the expansion of Ummah al-Islamiyah, the
      lands over which Sharia’s Theocracy must be administered; in comparison
      to the Torah’s Theocracy over a specified land: Eretz YisraEl. …

      • Frank Bassey

        A killer cult can never embark on a peaceful mission. Stop deceiving yourself.

        • I’m not Muslim. I’m exposing Islam.

          • Frank Bassey

            Ok. God (not Allah) bless you.

  • Egbu Yugo

    Seeking any service from the local government is a ticket to bring extorted.