- The Muslim Rights Concern has condemned the continued stay of Leah Sharibu and the Chibok girls in Boko Haram’s detention camp
- The group called on Nigerians to pray for their release in this Islamic month of Ramadan
- MURIC said their continued detention is a stain on the image of the country
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has called on Nigerians to use the opportunity of the Islamic month of Ramadan to pray for the release of Leah Sharibu and Chibok girls.
Daily Trust reports that Professor Ishaq Akintola who is the director of the group in a statement on Monday, May 6, felicitated with Nigerians for witnessing the beginning of the new Islamic month.
The group, however, expressed concern over the continued stay of Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu in the hands of terrorists.
MURIC said: “We must admit that the continued stay of Leah Sharibu and the Chibok girls in Boko Haram’s detention camp is a dark spot on Nigeria’s white linen. Whereas the Federal Government, the Muslim Ummah and its leadership desire freedom for those innocent girls, the insurgents are keeping them in captivity in order to achieve their diabolical aims, namely, to embarrass FG, to use them as human shields, to boost their negotiation power and to use them as a tool for setting Nigerian Christians and their Muslim compatriots against each other.
“The overall objective of Boko Haram is to ignite a religious war. That was why they started attacking places of worship. It was when that ploy failed that they resorted to abducting Christian girls with the hope of provoking Christendom. This is why Nigeria’s religious leaders must exercise extra patience.
”They must not play into the hands of the insurgents. They must refrain from emotional outbursts. Instead, they must sink their differences and come together in the name of humanity to fight the evil in their midst. We reiterate that terrorists have no religion.”
Meanwhile, the federal government reiterated its position on Monday, April 22, that it has largely depreciated the efficiency and efficacy of Boko Haram insurgents in the northeast part of the country.
Lai Mohammed, the information minister, gave the government’s position when he featured on a live TVC News programme, 'This Morning'.
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According to Mohammed, anyone to correctly assess the administration’s performance in fighting insecurity, particularly Boko Haram, must understand what the situation was before the inception of the administration in 2015.
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