US Delisting: Buhari Govt has Never Been a Religious Violator, Prominent Islamic Group Insists

US Delisting: Buhari Govt has Never Been a Religious Violator, Prominent Islamic Group Insists

  • MURIC has expressed serious concern over the recent move by the United States for removing Nigeria from its 2021 list of religious violators
  • The Islamic organisation disclosed that the Buhari-Osinbajo led administration does not oppress religions in the country
  • Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria has knocked the United States for delisting Nigeria from the list of countries of particular concern

Lagos state- An Islamic human rights organisation, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has said that President Muhammadu Buhari's government, has never repressed religions in Nigeria.

The Punch reports that MURIC director and founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola, said the United States added Nigeria to its list of religious violators in 2020 because of the “lies” it got from some Nigerians.

US Delisting: Buhari govt has Never Been a Religious Violator, MURIC maintains
Professor Ishaq Akintola, founder and director of MURIC noted that this administration does not oppress religion in any way. Photo credit: Professor Is-Haq Akintola, Muhammadu Buhari
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Many Nigerians and groups including the Christian Association of Nigeria, have since faulted the removal of Nigeria from the list, insisting that Christians are still being persecuted in the country amid an alleged plot to Islamise Nigeria.

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However, the MURIC director maintained that both Christians and Muslims are being killed in the country.

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He said:

“We have a tragedy facing both Christians and Muslims squarely. Is it the government that is killing Christians? Who are those killing Christians in the South-East? To the North-East where there are insurgency and banditry, the killers don’t discriminate; they attack Muslims and Christians.”

Akintola added that:

“Nigeria was never a religious violator. The administration we have now was never a religious violator. Government at the federal level, our President has never had the opportunity to abuse religion, to use it arbitrarily.”

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Meanwhile, had earlier reported that an Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has reacted to the allegation made by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

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The group tackled the Turkish leader on Friday, October 22, saying his claims were baseless, adding that ISWAP and Boko Haram are the only terrorists present in Nigeria. gathered that the MURIC’s director and founder, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to ignore the allegation made by the foreign leader.

Important message to parents: US students visa applications begin Nov 24

In another report, the U.S. Consulate has stipulated six days to attend to students needing visas for studies in the United States.

A statement by the U.S. Mission noted that students applying for new visas and those renewing their visas would be attended to on specific dates between November 2021 and January 2022.

It reads: “Starting November 24, the U.S. Mission once again will be expanding operations to better serve the student population of Nigeria. This approach will be two-fold: a special procedure for students who need to renew student visas to continue their course of study, and a series of dedicated interview days for prospective new students.


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