- The Muslim group MURIC says Amotekun has Biblical meaning
- MURIC also alleged that the outfit is requesting for birth certificates, letters of recommendation from churches
- Consequently, MURIC called for change of name for the Amotekun initiative
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has added to the controversy surrounding the Amotekun by declaring that the security outfit is anti-Islam.
MURIC who says Muslims are not against Amotekun also alleged that recruitment into the security outfit is having religious colouration which is more of anti-Islam.
He alleged that the outfit is requesting for birth certificates, letters of recommendation from churches before joining Amotekun.
Going further, he said the name Amotekun has Christian identity.
He consequently called for a change of name in the interest of peace.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun urged every reasonable person in the state to support the southwest's security outfit, Amotekun, recently created by the six governors in the zone.
Oyetola also carpeted critics of the idea, especially those claiming the governors have the motive of turning it into a Christian militia.
The Muslim Rights Concern had claimed governors from the zone had a sinister motive for coming up with the security outfit.
The governor, who spoke through a statement by his chief press secretary, Ismail Omipidan, wondered if crimes like armed banditry and kidnappings have religion or ethnicity.
"Amotekun is a collective response by the southwest region to the spate of armed banditry, kidnapping, and other violent crimes that suddenly became a past time in the South West.
"To, therefore, claim that it is an agenda against a particular faith or adherents of a particular religion is not only preposterous but also in bad taste.
"Kidnapping, and armed banditry have no religion and know no tribe or ethnicity," the governor said.
MURIC also raised the alarm over alleged threat to the life of its director and founder, Prof Ishaq Akinola.
Legit.ng reported 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 the 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.
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