MURIC Defends Buhari Govt, Says It Has Never Violated Religious Freedom

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MURIC Defends Buhari Govt, Says It Has Never Violated Religious Freedom

Islamic human rights organisation, Muslim Rights Concern {MURIC} has defended the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, insisting that it has never repressed religious freedom in the country.

MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola made the defense in an interview The PUNCH, adding that the United States of America added Nigeria to its list of religious violators in 2020 because of the “lies” it got from some Nigerians.

It will be recalled that the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in a statement last Wednesday, blacklisted Russia, China and eight other countries as religious violators, leaving out Nigeria which was placed on the same list of ‘Countries of Particular Concern’ on the issue of freedom of religion in 2020.

The MURIC director, in reaction to the removal of Nigeria from the list, said both Christians and Muslims are being killed in the country.

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.

“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.

“It is just that some Nigerians want to get at certain people in power by all means, And so, they can concoct any lies and take to the US and because the US is always hungry for information about other countries, the US would swallow it hook line and sinker.”

“No Nigerian should go outside the country to write negative reports or use undue influence to speak negatively about the country.”

 

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