- The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) wants the release of jailed 54 soldiers as new year gift from President Muhammadu Buhari
- The group called the soldiers the real heroes because they made the world know about the poor weapons handed to them to tackle Boko Haram
- MURIC says if Sambo Dasuki, linked to an alleged $2.1 million arms fund could be released, same should be extended to the soldiers
Following the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow protest, from detention, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to also free 54 soldiers currently languishing in jail.
Sowore was released on December 24, same day as Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (NSA) to ex-president, Goodluck Jonathan.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng, MURIC said while it commends Buhari for releasing the duo, it wants the president to also extend the gesture to the 54 soldiers jailed for asking for better weapons to fight Boko Haram.
“If it is true that Dasuki was detained over the $2.1 million arms fraud case (and it is), what becomes of the poor soldiers who exposed the fraud but who, paradoxically, are still languishing in jail?
“Nigerians became aware of the poor weaponry among federal troops fighting Boko Haram when the 54 soldiers demanded better arms," MURIC said while calling them the actual heroes.
The Islamic group argued that it was the soldiers' protest that led to inquiries into what happened to the fund meant for the purchase of weapons.
The organisation noted that while the media fought for Sowore and Dasuki, that cannot be said of the plight currently being suffered by the soldiers.
“We beg the president to show mercy to these young men. Finally, we laud President Buhari for setting Col Sambo Dasuki (rtd) and Omoyele Sowore free," the statement said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and minister of justice, Abubakar Malami, recently explained that the release Dasuki and Sowore from detention was due to the federal government's compassion for the duo.
According to him, the reason for the release of Dasuki and Sowore owes also to the commitment to the rule of law, obedience to court orders.
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