- Christians enjoy more holidays in Nigeria, MURIC says
- According to the religious group, Christians have five out of the eight holidays enjoyed by Nigerians
- Going further, MURIC added that CAN knows that it is the Muslims who are denied certain fundamental human rights
The Muslim Rights Concern has claimed that Christians in Nigeria enjoy more holidays than Muslims in the country.
MURIC said this in a statement released on Friday, December 3, by its director, Ishaq Akintola.
This was in reaction to an earlier claim by the Christian Association of Nigeria that Christians were being persecuted in the country.
“CAN claims it is being persecuted but fails to substantiate its allegation in concrete terms.
“However, the last holiday of Wednesday, January 1, 2020 which is an annual event has exposed CAN.
“Nigerian Christians enjoy the New Year holiday on January 1 every year even without asking for it because that was the arrangement made by the British colonial master. But CAN still claims ‘persecution’ even though it is placed at an advantaged position, " he said.
Going further, he said: “Christians have five out of the eight holidays enjoyed by Nigerians. Muslims have three only. Yet CAN claims persecution. Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year Day, Easter Monday and Good Friday are all for Christians. We dare CAN to deny it. Are these not concrete privileges enjoyed by Christians?
“CAN knows that it is the Muslims who are denied certain fundamental human rights but it is determined to maintain the status quo," he added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that following the release of Omoyele Sowore, convener of RevolutionNow protest, from detention the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) 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?
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