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MURIC backs Sharia in South-West, tells Christians to ‘mind their business’




The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has expressed assist for the introduction of Sharia within the South-West.

The Islamic group informed the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and different Christianity adherents to thoughts their enterprise.

The remark adopted a warning by the PFN in opposition to any transfer to introduce Sharia legislation in Yoruba States via the continued constitutional overview by the Senate.

MURIC Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, accused Christians of all the time being the primary to fireplace pictures and warmth up the polity.

He mentioned Christians know very nicely that Shariah is the Allah-given basic human proper of Muslims however are decided to deprive them utilizing unorthodox strategies.

“PFN and different Christian teams are absolutely conscious that Shariah was within the South West a long time earlier than the arrival of Christianity in 1842. Shariah was practiced in Ede underneath Oba Abibu Olagunju (Habeeb, a Muslim identify) and the Ede Shariah Court docket operated up until 1913 at Agbeni space of the city. It was moved to Agbongbon space in 1914.

“Shariah was utilized in Iwo underneath Oba Momodu Lamuye (Muhammad Lamuye) who died in 1906. Even the seventh Akirun of Ikirun, Oba Aliyu Oyewole (died 1912), instituted Shariah in Ikirun in 1910. These are simply examples of the existence and unfold of Shariah in Yorubaland and the Christian leaders aren’t oblivious of the truth that it was the British Christian colonialists who stopped Shariah in Yorubaland and imposed Christian frequent legislation.

“Nonetheless, they’re equally conscious of the rising tide of Islamic consciousness in the identical South West. They’ve seen the hitherto passive Muslim neighborhood being reworked into an energetic, articulate and politically aware populace. They’re afraid that the sleeping large is waking as much as take again what belongs to it.”

MURIC known as on Nigerians to know the siege mentality of Christians who, like “all aggressors”, consider that assault is one of the best type of defence.

The Islamic group mentioned because the benefactors and inheritors of colonial rampage that lasted greater than a century, Christians are decided to maintain all of the loot which their principal bequeathed to them.

“They’ve forgotten that the one factor that’s fixed in life is change. We’re frightened in regards to the voyeuristic dysfunction which has once more manifested within the PFN. It’s a Peeping Tom syndrome that propels our Christian neighbours to crane their necks so as to see what’s within the pot of soup of the Muslims. It’s known as ‘giraffing’ in examination corridor parlance.”

Akintola recalled that the Structure Assessment Panel requested Nigerians to ahead their views relating to what they need within the structure.

The director mentioned as an alternative of telling the panel what the Christians need, PFN was insisting on what they don’t want Muslims to ask for.

“The difficulty is what do the Christians need? It’s clear that they’ve been over-pampered by the colonial grasp who handed over our frequent patrimony to them on a platter of gold. So now they need nothing as a result of they have already got all they want. However they wish to maintain the established order as a result of it favours them.

“Decorum, courtesy and protocol demand that Christians ought to ask for what they lack and what they need. However as an alternative of doing that they’re asking the committee to not tolerate the calls for of Muslims. But Christians have already got their very own frequent legislation and the shariah has nothing to do with them. It’s Muslims who want Shariah.

“This perspective could be in comparison with that of the canine within the manger whose grasp gave it its personal meat and bone. The canine ate and was crammed up. However when the grasp gave hay to the horse, the canine got here barking ferociously so as to forestall the horse from accessing the grass. However do canines eat grass? How uncharitable can our neighbours be?”

MURIC warned the PFN and its co-travellers to keep away from the trail of Muslims within the South West, including that the demand for Shariah is a civil rights matter.

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