- MURIC has finally reacted to the violence that has characterised the EndSARS protests
- The religious group called on Nigerian youths to apply calm and caution in the protest
- MURIC's director, Ishaq Akintola, called on security forces to end violence against the youths
In addition to the opinions, remarks, and statements made by civil society organisations and groups on the violence that has trailed the EndSARS protest, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has lent its voice to the developments.
In a statement, MURIC's director, Ishaq Akintola, called on Nigerian youths to apply caution and carefulness following the wake of unrest across the nation.
The group praised young protesters for demonstrating ingenuity and the ability to articulate their grievances.
The statement read:
“Nigerian youths have demonstrated the ability to articulate their grievances. They showed ingenuity in the coordination of the welfare of fellow protesters thereby lending credence to the ‘not too young to rule’ mantra."
However, expressing sadness over the menace of unthinkable killing and shootings linked to the protest, MURIC called on the nation's security forces to put an end to the violence.
The statement partly read:
“We appeal for calm on all sides. We call on the security agencies to spare our young ones. Nigeria cannot afford to exterminate its young generation which constitutes about 60% of its population. They have shown the potentials for leadership.
"It is the criminals who infiltrated the demonstrators who must be identified. The security agencies must separate the wheat from the chaff. We also suggest the use of non-lethal tools like water cannons and teargas instead of bullets to disperse demonstrators."
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has denied claims that some Igbo youths are behind the destruction of assets owned by Yoruba indigenes during the EndSARS protest, especially in Lagos state.
The allegation was made in a statement released by a southwest group known as the Apapo O’Odua Koya (AOKOYA).
Apart from saying that the claim is untrue, the southeast socio-cultural organisation noted that the statement was targetted and engineered against the good relationship between the Igbos and the Yorubas.
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