MURIC reacts to suit challenging Arabic inscription on Nigerian currency
- MURIC has condemned the suit against Arabic inscription on the naira note
- According to the organisation, Arabic is a language like English
- The group consequently said the call for the removal of Arabic from the naira is frivolous, petty, selfish among others
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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has condemned the suit challenging the Arabic inscription on the Nigerian currency (naira).
The group was reacting to a suit filed by a Lagos-based lawyer, Malcolm Omirhobo.
According to MURIC’s director and founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola, Omirhobo is naïve and pedestrian given the fact that Arabic is a language just like Nigeria's lingua franca, English language.
He argued that the plaintiff’s request for the removal of Arabic from the naira is frivolous, petty, selfish, myopic and parochial."
Going further, MURIC argued that it was not Nigerian Muslim leaders who brought the idea of inscribing Arabic on the Nigerian currency.
The group said the man who initiated it was a Christian, an Urhobo officer by name General David Akpode Ejoor.
Meanwhile, reactions have swiftly followed the statement by MURIC.
Abdul Malik Audi commented:
"If there is a language in the holy bible that you want it to be on the currency, bring it, we are one nation. we are one Nigerians - Christians, Muslims, traditional religion. We are all humans."
CeeJay ArrowAnyanwu stated:
"The first time dis dude said something that caught the attention of my ears. I have always maintained that Arabic inscription on Nigerian currencies is not a problem of Nigeria as a country. But no, those confused fear-mongers go about pursuing shadows instead of the real deals."
Frank Charles added:
"Since Nigeria is a multi-religious country, there shouldn't be an Arabic inscription on the nation's currency, and since such mistake has been made, it's should be corrected by removing the Arabic language on the naira notes."
Going further in a statement sighted by Legit.ng, Akintola said the suit manifests hatred for Islam and Muslims.
You can read Muric's full statement here
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that following a suit seeking to remove the Ajami (Arabic) inscriptions on naira notes, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) declared that the move is wrong because it would cost a ‘colossal sum of money’ to discard the existing notes and print new ones without Ajami.
According to the CBN, Ajami is not a symbol or mark of Islam but an inscription to aid non-English speakers who are literate in and use Ajami for trade.
The apex bank made the submission in a counter-affidavit to a suit filed by a Lagos-based lawyer, Chief Malcolm Omirhobo, before Justice Mohammed Liman.
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