Why Nigeria has been difficult for Buhari to govern — MURIC

President Muhammadu Buhari

Rights group, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has released its New Year message, detailing why it believed governing Nigeria has been difficult for the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The group also suggested what citizens and leaders need to do to take the country out of its present logjam.

Read full message below.



As time draws the curtain over year 2017, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) laments a tumultuous, seemingly endless twelve-month period and envisions a peaceful and brighter future for Nigeria.

The past year encapsulated all the negative propensities anyone has ever imagined about our dear country and its people. We proved extremely difficult to rule for a honest leader but easy to manipulate for a thief. We want good roads but we celebrate those who stole the money meant for roads. We know the value of flyovers in reducing traffic gridlocks but we idolize those who misappropriate money voted for flyovers.

We appreciate state-of-the-art public health care system but we award chieftaincy titles to those who pocket money intended for modern hospital equipments. We worship 419ners and despise hardworking compatriots. Nearly everybody collects bribe and almost everyone expects to be bribed before doing the needful. We shamelessly crown international thieves as kings.

A past leader told us that stealing is not corruption. He went ahead to demonstrate this by giving state pardon to a man already convicted for corruption and also followed it up with a National Merit Award. Yet we are not ashamed to hobnob with this man. A few among us even want him to come back as president. Where is our honour? Where lies our conscience? In the city of the blind, the one-eyed man is the king. But in Nigeria’s city of the blind, the king must not only be blind in both eyes, he must be deaf in both ears and lame in both legs.

Mass laziness led to the importation of everything we use while failure to distinguish between religion and stupidity led us to spend more time on our knees and on our mats than we spend at work. Our acrobatic religiousity merely succeeded in producing paradoxical criminality thereby removing the thin line that lies between armed robbers and men of God in all religions. Many see legislators as legislooters.

How can we successfully fight corruption when our able-bodied men threaten to bomb the country’s infrastructure each time the government makes an attempt to deal with looters from their ethnic group? Ironically, these men also suffer as victims of corruption as much as we do. How can we punish looters to serve as deterrent when our judges provide cover for them? Yet we still have the temerity to ask: who did this to Nigeria?

We must look inwards. We are the architects of our fate. The Glorious Qur’an says, “Evil has appeared in both land and sea as a result of the handiworks of mankind, so that they may taste from their evil ways” (30:41).

We can see from the above that Nigeria is confronted with two major problems, namely, that of poor citizens’ mindset and corruption, particularly among the leadership. Ayn al-mafarru? What is the solution? Regarding the peoples’ mindset, the Glorious Qur’an says, “Verily Allah will not change the condition of a people until they decide to change their own ways” (13:11)

Therefore the solution lies in changing our mindset. No single person or leader can change the country alone. Let us believe in this country and in its oneness. If we want a prosperous future for our children and generations yet unborn, we must think and act positively. We must stop certain habits: taking or giving bribe, wasting money on social ceremonies like funerals and weddings, spraying cash at events, throwing garbage on the roads, urinating by roadsides and on walls, defecating in public, writing on the naira and squeezing it, abusing and insulting one another, delivering or sending hate messages. Nigeria will change if we change ourselves.

However, corruption is a different cup of tea. We may have to resort to extraordinary measures to deal with looters. Since our lawyers will always find technicalities to extenuate the offence of notorious looters and licenced kleptomaniacs, since some judges will always grant them ridiculous injunctions, the only alternative is to seek an uncommon solution.

As a way out and as an uncommon solution to the endemic corruption plaguing our nation, MURIC hereby declares spiritual warfare on corrupt elements in our society. We invite all and sundry to support us in this new effort to rid our country of economic rodents and political parasites. It is another contribution to the efforts of the Federal Government in its war against corruption.

Looters are found in all religions. Corrupt people are selfish citizens who do not remember their church members, their fellow Muslims or co-traditionalists when stealing public funds. We contend that poverty knows no religion. Christians are hungry in Nigeria today. Muslims are suffering. Traditionalists are crying. We are all common victims of corruption. We are all in darkness at night. We all ply the bad roads. We all lack adequate public health care delivery system. The public schools attended by our children can best be described as glorified public shelters. We must all come together to expose and punish looters in order to stop the sufferings of millions of innocent Nigerians.

It is an open secret that corruption has been fighting back using demonic means. Nigerians of all faiths must unite to launch a relentless spiritual attack on it. Let the minbar, the pulpit and the shrine rain curses on those who robbed the Nigerian treasury silly. Let families make curses of looters a major prayer point in year 2018. Let individual Nigerians curse these kleptomaniacs three times every day: as they wake up on empty bellies in the morning; as they suffer on bad roads during the day and as they prepare for the night’s rest, sweating profusely in darkness.

The salvation of Nigerians lies in our hands. We must emancipate ourselves from socio-economic slavery. Our curses are the only weapons that can scare Nigerian capitalist comparador bourgeoisie. They are not afraid of anti-graft agencies but they are afraid of curses from the citizenry because they are Africans afterall. Let us therefore use this potent weapon to the fullest. They use militants to blackmail the government each time a move is made to apprehend them. They compromise the judiciary to frustrate the people’s will. But the church, the mosque and the shrine can save the hoi polloi from these wicked people.

Let us ask the Supreme Creator to plung them into perpetual darkness in this world and in the next just as they have thrown this country into darkness. Tell the Master of all masters to turn the billions of naira they stole from our common wealth into a source of misery for them and their offsprings unless they return our money. As they have used stolen money to buy false judgement in the courts, pray that the Judge of all judges pronounce untold affliction upon them.

As for lawmakers who have elected to pitch tent with looters by constituting themselves into clogs in the wheel of progress in the people’s war against corruption, we remind them of the Divine lawmaker and Supreme Creator. He is waiting for them to explain why final disciplinary action should not be taken against them for betraying the people’s trust. In the same vein, the Judge of all judges patiently awaits those Nigerian judges who have been colluding with looters one way or another, slowing down the judicial process and granting laughable injunctions. Verily your Lord lies in wait (ان ربك لبالمرصاد: Qur’an 89:14)

In our concluding remarks, we leave open the window of repentance, confession and return of stolen loots. Any of these looters who confesses, repents and returns stolen funds and properties shall not be affected by the people’s curses and his offsprings shall be free of the afflictions. This is the way to give Nigeria a new lease of life, a life free of corruption.

Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)


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  • Jon

    The solution is Restructuring.

    • Otile

      Imam Buhari and his Islamic gang will never allow restructuring. The struggle continues and SS SE must be liberated from these dishonest parasites.

      • Bappate

        The Prof.mentioned both Muslims and Christians in the article but I wonder how you guys are been dejected from the truth and clear facts.How can a religious leader begin to rain insults on the writer just because he is a Muslim.please you and Christian leaders should stop reining abusive utterances to Muslims.The writer never condemns Christianity or Christians the way your so called Bishop did,which is never a teaching of the Bible.

  • Solomon Brown

    No time to read this garbage laden with intellectual dishonesty. They lost me when their message took that ethnic turn straight to Yaba left. It is hypocritical to call out a person or group of people for the same sins you are guilty of. Give it a break people.

  • usman alhassan

    Ameen. may they comply with your advice

    • Chukwuka Okoroafor

      And you too should comply.

      • Adele Uhuru

        Dont mind these barbarians they are blind…….

      • Xadox Lawal

        We shall pray cos we have fate in our faith. All the looters shall not find peace. You can commit suicide you biafraud terrorist.

        • Chukwuka Okoroafor

          Yes, I hope that all looters are brought to justice. It is just that there are looters who call themselves Muslims. There are looters among the Northern establishment and among the Islamists too. So, let us focus our attention on fighting all corrupt politicians from both North and South. Let us avoid focusing on one part of Nigeria like Professor Akintola is doing.

  • Rollingdollar

    Idiots. Blame past leaders for Babachir, Maina, Ikoyigate, Baru $25 billiongate, budget padding, sectional appointment, Dubai houses of the snake General etc. Hypocrisy will blind all of you idiots.

    • Bassey Frank

      They forget that their man is WASC-intended!

    • dev

      We are just mentioning our problems without trying to suggest their solutions, the writer is not the corrupt person, the man is just like I and you trying to say what he think will save us from corruption and the corrupt elements in the country.

  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    We know what MURIC is setting themselves up for. Their letter sounds great, but of course when you read deeper, they blame the Southern elite and them alone for the situation we are in. That will be the strategy of the Islamists in 2030, blame the Christian South for the next crisis. I do not defend Jonathan, but it is interesting that MURIC is still attacking him today. This letter is a setup for the 2031 elections when the Islamists are ready to play the men on the white horse. They did not take any shots at the herdsmen attacking farmers or Boko Haram but they do so with the Niger-Delta militants. The Northern elites, including the Islamists among them, are just as corrupt as those in the South yet nothing was mentioned of them. Let us all read deeper into the message MURIC is sending the country. Yes, we have a corruption problem and Nigeria has been difficult to govern. But MURIC is also using this opportunity to set the country up in the future to accept Sharia as the solution. Political Sharia will be the death of Nigeria as a nation but the pull of the crude oil in the South is very strong for these people.

    • Bassey Frank

      What do you expect from a bunch of shallow-thinking IDIOTS!!!

    • Xadox Lawal

      Mention one thing that was said that is not right. Go get lives religious bigots and manipulated idiots who will never see the bigger picture.

      • Chukwuka Okoroafor

        You got me all wrong. I never said it wasn’t right. In fact, I said the letter sounds great (if you were paying attention to the second sentence of my post). It is just that they never attack the Northern elites who are also a big part of the problem. Yes, those in the South who support the militants are contributing to our problems but so are those who are backing the herdsmen militias and Boko Haram. Akintola never makes mention of that at all. So, it is clear that Akintola and MURIC are contributing their quota to setting up the narrative that the Southern elite will be at fault for all the problems in Nigeria. It will next be a president from Igboland who will ‘mess things up’ like they are saying of Goodluck Jonathan now. Note that I did not defend Jonathan. At that time, the Sokoto Caliphate will throw up Islamist candidates who will tell us that we now need Sharia to fight the new form of corruption that could not be defeated by Buhari and was allowed to get worse under Southern leaders. I think you should have a read of the failed state report written by the U.S. Air Force War College titled “Failed State 2030: Nigeria – A Case Study” and the report subsection titled “Paths to Failure.” It is astonishing that they wrote this in 2009 and just about everything they predicted has happened already. We just have 13 years to go if the status quo holds. So, I am no bigot. I am not anti-Islam. This is just the facts of what we are facing and I am merely reminding as many people as possible.

    • dev

      My Brother, this problem started from somewhere and the solution will also start from somewhere.

  • Iniabasi Akpan

    Now I know the real motives of this people. Not even a word on Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen,but someone who’s not d President anymore. Chai.and blowing up of pipelines worries them too.

    Thank you MURIC… for telling us who you really are.

    • Bassey Frank

      They are animals in long horns. Blood-thirsty Fundamentalists.

  • Adele Uhuru

    This is what you get when compromised people make a futile effort to take the higher ground- they forget that this was the same premise that Buahri used to wiggle out of not being qualified due to his lacking WEAC certificate, he acquired the services of a multitude of lawyers, bribed a judge to get an indefinite injunction of an illegal infraction on his path. So who si fooling who?

    “However, corruption is a different cup of tea. We may have to resort to
    extraordinary measures to deal with looters. Since our lawyers will
    always find technicalities to extenuate the offence of notorious looters
    and licenced kleptomaniacs, since some judges will always grant them
    ridiculous injunctions, the only alternative is to seek an uncommon

  • Bassey Frank

    This is the voice of blood-thirsty, lazy, pretentious, devilish Islamist fundamentalists. Why did you not mention the role of PMB in protecting treasury looters like Babachir Lawal and co that siphoned the funds meant for IDP camps? Why did you not highlight his pretentious silence over the mass killing of innocent indigenes of Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau, Enugu and other states? Why did you overlook his role in the illegal, secrete and satanic return of Abdulrasheed Maina, the fugitive pension treasury looter that was punished by the previous administration and had to run away from the country. But a man who calls himself corruption fighter secretly brought him back, re-instate, promote and compensate him with N23m salary arrears? Do you think God in heaven will hesitate to punish all those involved in the scam? Where did those military officials get the money to buy properties in Dubai? Why was the N500m MTN bribery not investigated before those accused were pronounced innocent? The same PMB warned GEJ in 2013 that a fight against Boko Haram is a fight against the North. Have you forgotten that Boko Haram nominated PMB as their representative in a negotiation process proposed by GEJ administration, though he rejected the nomination?
    Bunch of secondary creatures. The wicked will NEVER, EVER go unpunished.

    • Xadox Lawal

      Bastard! You are clearly bitter losers and you will never see one of your own rule this country in the lifetime of your entire lineage. Thats seems to be your problem. You also did not mention Buharis silence over the killing of fulani recently by Bachama people in Adamawa. I guess though these set of fulani originated from your thick forests in the south. You clearly are a hypocrite as i didn’t see where he called people to pick up arms and fight against anybody. Its clear you support the looters even though you live and would die in poverty like your generation before you or you are trying to protect your hypocritical religious leaders who had been linked to corruption during the regime of your corrupt clueless ethnic leader GEJ. Go get a life u moron.

      • Bassey Frank

        Desert Baboon, if you are not one of them, why are you fuming? Just look at the words you used for me in your post and see you drew devilish inspiration from your eternally damned destiny. It is from the thick forests of the South that you siphon and steal our oil. Now NNPC has directed NAPIMS and all oil operating entities to pay $100m into North-East development account, leaving our environment devastated. Your tribal/ethnic Czar has pulled out $1 billion from ECA, an account meant for the 3-tiers of government, to fight Boko Haram he said has been defeated. Between you and I, who is from a poor generation, are you sure you understand the meaning of poverty? The mass of Almajaris – breeds of incestuous unions – are parading everywhere, and you are happy? If your children are not among them, I decree they will be there soonest. Who is a hypocritical religious leader – the one that bows his head to the Rising Sun 5 times a day, yet engages in blood-letting, looting, immorality and homo-sexuality. Nigerians are no longer moved by the word LOOTERS. Buhari was enthroned with Looted funds; Looting is still going on under him and he pretends not knowing. Of course, nemesis is dealing with all of you. Buhari’s son, Yusuf, crashed on a BMW power bike of $157,000. When converted to Naira it is N56 million – 10 years salaries of 100 civil servants. Where has Yusuf worked before the father emerged Nigeria’s President? Did he get the money from your father’s leaking scrotum sack? You cited the deaths of Bachamas of Adamawa fulanis without mentioning 800 innocent Southern Kaduna indigenes slaughtered by Fulanis last December and thousand massacred in Benue and Plateau and your Arewa-anus man kept quiet. Our people lost NYSC relatives in the bloody North in 2011 because someone lost an election, and he moved on as if nothing happened. You will all PERISH “comfortably”. If GEJ is clueless, look at the appointment of dead persons into government parastatals by a “focused” leader. If GEJ was tribal, consider this:

        1. Shaibu Musa – MD, NNPC Medical Services
        2. Ibrahim Birma – Group General Manager, Audit Division
        3. Ahmed Katagum – Group GM Shipping
        4. Kallamu Abdullahi – Group GM, Renewable Energy Division
        5. Dr Bola Afolabi – Group GM, Research & Development
        6. Adeyemi Adetunji – MD, NNPC Retail Division
        7. Usman Yusuf – Group GM, NNPC GMD Office
        8. Bala Wunti – in charge of Corporate Planning & Strategy
        9. Umar Ajiya – MD, Nigerian Products Marketing Company
        10. Muhammed Abah – MD, Warri Refining Petrochemical Company
        11. Malami Shehu – MD, Port Harcourt Refining Company
        12. Adewale Ladenegan – MD, Kaduna Refining Petrochemical Co (dormant)
        13. Diepriye Tariah – MD, Integrated Data Services
        14. Rland Wubare – GM National Petroleum Investment Services
        NOTE: Maikanti Baru – still GMD, NNPC.
        Isiaka Abdulrasaq – GMD Finance & Services
        Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari – Petroleum Minister

    • Yego V

      Don’t mind the bastard. He was desperate to be president, for his selfish murderous reasons

  • thusspokez

    Why Nigeria has been difficult for Buhari to govern
    How Buhari made Nigeria difficult for him to govern — MURIC

    He promoted provincialism, religious discrimination, cronyism, divisiveness, mediocrity; he brought traditional Hausa/Fulani village management style (and even his herd of cattle) to Abuja. He is often out of his depth on the international stage, belittles Nigeria, and forgets that he is the first spokesperson for Nigeria.

    • Xadox Lawal

      I need a further elaboration on each and everything you accused him of doing pls. If you don’t have any to offer, then you can you hang your cursed mindset on a tree in the middle of your thick village (or rather forest).

      • thusspokez

        I need a further elaboration on each and everything you accused him of doing pls

        Understand that this is a discussion forum and not a Cyber classroom with me as your lecturer. As debates go, if you disagree with another poster’s argument, you present your own counter argument.

      • emmanuel

        I sorry for you, the person you hound here carried Buhari on his humped back until last week. I am quiet sure life has become unbearable for him. He has suddenly become a Buhari traducer.
        We warned all of them, but they never listened

      • princegab

        You just woke up from sleep. It’s your responsibility to walk yourself back on past events. Good morning anyway. And happy New Year.

    • emmanuel

      E be like say you don decide say instead make you die under the cloak of sai Buharis supporter, make you trun around now, because many still dey commit suicide and no hope yet.
      So tay he Buhari don commot the boundary between the leaving and the dead, as long as the purpose of destroying Nigeria is achieved.
      The ghost would ensure committee members are tormented so as not to ever meet out of fear.

  • Bishop Fidel Obi Boateng

    Notorious Hypocrite! You have come again. You religious rotten egg you have come again create another sentiment among Nigerians. I don’t know Why some media entertain you. Professor of shamelessness! Brood of viper. Wicked politician doubling as a religious man. Partial judge! Advise your past Muslim military heads of state who raped Nigeria dry for forty yrs and looted south-south crude oil and ravaged the region, leaving it as though it’s war torn region. Advise them to confess their sins and repatriate all oil loots back to south-south as Paris club is doing to Nigeria. Yesterday YOUR problem was Christian Universities. Today it is Goodluck Jonathan. Why didn’t you mention his name? What are you afraid of? Good for nothing fame seeker, always creating sentiments in the social media. Next your serial social media agents will begin writting up to attack Bishops.

  • Ben ikari

    If MURIC, Nigerian government and other interested parties wants to stamp out corruption they must start with the corrupt, unfair and criminally imposed military constitution drafted to favor Hausa-Fulanis, Yorubas and Igbos, to reflect the interest of all the ethnic peoples or ethnic-free national character and return all oil lands and produce to communities or ethnic groups that own them. Of course, oil stolen by force of arms or armed robbery by the WAZOBIANS in the name of Nigerian federation they control, mismanaged and destroying powers corruption as those who control the oil blocks are mostly Hausa-fulanis and not the land and oil owners who are forced to live and die in pollution. They should also start by the even distribution of states according to viability and not ethnicity and rigged population.

    • TA

      Please see my response to princegab.

  • Kenny

    Professor Akintola and his MURIC brothers should direct their energy towards tackling the biggest fraud in Africa: “The Nigerian Constitution”. That document is a fraud and does not in any way represent the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians. 26 Army Generals orchestrated the fraudulent document which our very dishonourable legislators have allowed to stay.

    • TA

      Well said. Please see my response to princegab.

  • princegab

    What a rubbish. Leaving the root course of our problem mumu MURIC is battling with its consequences.

  • dev

    @Professor Ishaq Akintola, solution to this country’s problems need a lot of wisdom. The people behind Nigeria problem, the bad religious and political leaders used strong spells on Nigerians. If you want to know that spell was casted on, when you are trying to suggest way out to his problems he will turn and start fighting you. This is a sign of spell on Nigerians. They turn the ignorant masses against themselves. Even from your write up I see that you are also tired of the situation. We are all tired. These evil elements are so wise that they can use the masses to fight the people are trying to save them. This is a very strong juju they mounted somewhere in the country using it as a remote control on the ignorant masses. Only prayer cannot solve this, we need to make some consultations to know where this juju is and destroy it.

  • Azeez Yahaya

    Exactly this is what is playing out to everyone’s knowledge, that is the Nigerian state now but can the solution be achieved ever?

  • Joe

    This evil organization or association called MURIC and buhari should understand that there is big difference between politics and religion. Not until you guys separate politics from Islam, Nigeria can never move forward. Military Muslims that ruled Nigeria for many years put Islam in the forefront when drafting this evil and wicked constitution and not until it is discarded, Nigeria can only move backward.

  • Azeez Yahaya

    for e.g A is evil to B when A has power and you belong to B and vice versa

  • Yego V

    Nobody begged Buhari to be president. He has every reason to leave : health, age, corruption and ineptness . That would be the best NEW year present for the nation

  • Emmanuel Maduagwu

    To MURIC. By the way who says Buhari too may not also be thief! Then read the following quoted excerpt:

    As Reported, “Shagari’s regime (1979-1983) incurred
    Buhari’s wrath when it decided to investigate the US$2.8 billion (current value
    $68billion) that disappeared from the Midland Bank, London account of the
    Nigerian National Petroleum Cooperation, (NNPC), during General Obasanjo’s era
    as military head of state that preceded Shagari’s. Dr. Olusola Saraki, Turaki
    of Ilorin, was the majority party leader of the Senate at the time and he
    headed the Senate Committee set up to trace the stolen money after some three
    years of clamour for such an investigation by members of the civil society. The money was
    traced to the Midland Bank London branch fixed account of Buhari, Obasanjo’s
    appointee as military head of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company—“

    • emmanuel

      Buhari is not just a thief but a vagabond. He is no more in pretence as to being a very clever thief, having been used by Abacha to steal PTF account dry. He has perfected the act of using his brainless cronies to plunder Nigeria.
      Note that the APC today earn more that Jonathan’s government i.e. 2.2 million barrel of crude at $52.00 in a year and half on 120%devalued currency is equal to selling the crude at about $120.00 per barrel. Yet the money isnot seen anywhere, except for the humongous loans taken on monthly basis.

  • emmanuel

    MURIC is made up of worn-out tyres and tubes, people who lack capacity to think beyond outmoded religious fables.
    It is a shame that those who said the PDP plundered Nigeria in 16 years and wanted to take Nigeria to unimaginable height, had ended using the same PDP to benchmark their own disastrous performance.
    How can a man without brain lead sensible people?