- Catholic Bishops have been bashed by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) for allegedly warning the Supreme Court ahead of the appeal of the petitioners who lost at the presidential election tribunal
- The executive director of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, accused the Bishops of being biased with their comments
- He told the Supreme Court not to be swayed by the alleged threats, noting that they were borne out of their preference for the opposition
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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has slammed Catholic Bishops for allegedly warning the judiciary ahead of the planned appeal of petitioners who lost at the presidential election tribunal at the Supreme Court.
Recall that the tribunal on Wednesday, September 6, reaffirmed President Bola Tinubu as the winner of the 2023 presidential poll.
The tribunal dismissed the petitions of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), and the Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
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Catholic Bishops reacts to presidential tribunal's judgement
Addressing this recently, Catholic Bishops appealed to the Supreme Court to be fair and critical in examining the appeal that would be brought before them.
Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), made this appeal on Sunday, September 10, in Abuja.
But reacting to this, the executive director of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, accused the clergies of being biased against the winner of the presidential election petition tribunal.
As reported by Daily Trust, Akintola said:
“MURIC finds the bishops’ stand on the verdict pregnant with insincerity, double standard and bias against the defendants.
"In particular, we find the bullying of Supreme Court judges debasing, denigrating and totally unacceptable."
He further accused them of failing to control and advise the opposition against insults, blackmail, cyberbullying, and threats made severally by their supporters.
“Perhaps the bishops are comfortable when judges and members of their families are threatened and when the pictures of people’s children are sent to them as threats.
“Instead of speaking out against these bohemian attitudes, the bishops decided to set bad precedent by sending a chilling warning to judges of the Supreme Court."
Akintola urged the Supreme Court not to be swayed by the threats of Bishops but to approach the cases brought before them with “truth, strength, vigour and faith.”
Tribunal Verdict: Finally, Peter Obi addresses Obidients
Obi earlier urged his supporters known as Obidients to keep hope alive despite the judgment of the presidential election petition tribunal.
In his address on Saturday, September 9, Obi said giving up was not an option.
He acknowledged his supporters' resilience and persistence in resisting the dictates of forces who do not want a new Nigeria.