- MURIC has raised the alarm over alleged death threat on Prof Ishaq Akintola
- Akintola has been heavily criticised over his allegation that Amotekun has Biblical meaning
- The group, however, warned that nothing untoward should happen to its director
The Muslim Rights Concerns (MURIC) has raised the alarm over alleged threat to the life of its director and founder, Prof Ishaq Akinola.
Legit.ng reports that the MURIC director had accused the governors of the southwest of giving Christianity preference over Islam in the recruitment of the operatives for the newly established Operation Amotekun.
Akintola alleged that a letter from church is one of the requirements for the enlistment into Operation Amotekun.
His comment has generated controversies among Nigerians as many people asked the Islamic scholar not to add religion to Amotekun.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, January 28, the group alleged that a twitter handler directed a death threat to Professor Ishaq Akintola about a week ago, adding that the writer wrote a chilling comment on Akintola’s picture and posted it.
The statement also noted that the post was, in turn, screenshot from the Whatshap status of a contact who identified herself as Tosin Elizabeth a.k.a ‘Hidee’ with telephone number 08163964812.
"The death threat was issued under the caption, This cobra needs to be killed' and the exact words used were: There is one big cobra we must kill, before it kills all of us with its venom. This MURIC man, Professor Ishaq Akintola, must be tamed, else he will succeed in destroying Yorubaland with venom from his religious stupidity.
"He sees, he talks and behaves like a big radical Taliban. He’s an agent of disunity, and must be called to order before it is too late. We, the chairmen of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) branches from the southwest, specifically from Ekiti (Murician Qasim Salahudeen), Ogun (Murician Tajudeen Jimoh), Oyo (Murician Salahudeen Abdul Wasiu), Osun (Murician Marufdeen Odedeji), Ondo (Murician Abdul Ganiyu Maroof) and Lagos (Murician Shefiu Ayorinde) hereby totally and categorically condemn the death threat issued against Professor Ishaq Akintola, the director of our organization.
"This death threat is satanic and provocative. It is capable of causing religious crisis not only in the South West but in Nigeria as a whole. Apart from revealing a desire to assassinate our director, it is also an incitement of the Yoruba people against the founder and director of our organisation. We insist that no harm must come to Professor Ishaq Lakin Akintola.
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"It is clear from the words used in the death threat that the brain behind the satanic message is a Yoruba person who feels aggrieved by MURIC’s stand on the Amotekun security outfit which the governors of the southwest have proposed.
"For the avoidance of doubt, MURIC did not oppose the establishment of a security unit in Yorubaland so long as it is for better security. MURIC only opposed the way Muslims in the region have been sidelined in the arrangement. We reject the idea of collecting birth certificate from churches or letters of recommendation from pastors," the statement read in part.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Jigawa state governor, Abubakar Badaru, said states should adopt a security system that serves them best.
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