- A group has condemned HURIWA over its comments on President Muhammadu Buhari's OIC meeting in Saudi Arabia
- The Coalition for Truth and Justice alleged that HURIWA through its comments is promoting hate speech
- According to the coalition, some of the critics of the OIC meeting are beneficiaries of interest free Islamic banking
The Coalition for Truth and Justice has warned the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA) against promoting hate speeches and ethno-religion bigotry in Nigeria.
The group reacting to the comment made by HURIWA over the President Muhammadu Buhari’s attendance of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Makkah, Saudi Arabia said HURIWA should focus on deemphasizing religion in Nigeria.
The executive director of CTJ, Timothy Charles, said some of the critics of the OIC are beneficiaries of interest free Islamic banking but yet come to the open to incite Nigerians against each other on the basis of religion.
"Has it occurred to HURIWA, Onwubiko and other critics that this OIC meeting is a golden opportunity for Nigeria to engage with the Middle East countries towards finding solution to the export of extremism from the area to Nigeria?" Charles asked.
"Have they also thought of it that beyond seeking partnership in addressing security challenges Nigeria is now compelled to explore new frontiers for trade relations?" he continued.
Charles further urged HURIWA to rather focus on de-emphasizing religion in Nigeria as opposed to highlighting sectarian differences in a way that is hurting national cohesion.
He said a sincere campaign on HURIWA's part will involve the removal of the religious question from public documents or alternately that every shades of faith must be listed for applicants to select from as opposed to the current situation where the only option available to Nigerians are “Christianity, Islam, others”.
"We therefore condemn the position taken by HURIWA on the OIC summit in its entirety as inflammatory and taken in bad faith to incite hatred against adherents of a particular faith in the country.
"HURIWA is advised to retrace its steps and stop causing disaffection among Nigerians failing which it will be held liable for any breach of the peace that arise from its inflammatory utterances," Charles added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Buhari on Saturday, June 1 (12.00 midnight) joined about 53 world leaders in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the opening of the summit of the OIC.
The summit, 14th in its series to be attended by all Heads of State and Governments of Member countries is to be presided over by the Saudi Monarch, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
The president, who arrived Makkah on Thursday evening, May 30, via the royal terminal of King AbdulAziz International Airport Jeddah, was received by senior officials of the Government of Saudi Arabia led by the deputy governor of Mecca Province Prince Abdullah Bin Bandar Bin Abdulaziz.
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