MURIC lauds Trump for condemning killings of 71 Muslims in Mubi
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has commended the American president, Donald Trump for his quick condemnation of the killing of 71 Muslims in the twin bombing at Mubi in Borno State.
Director, MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement to made available to The Guardian, also appreciated the support of the Trump administration for the Nigerian government in its war against terrorism, insurgency and brigandage.
“We firmly express our solidarity with the American people who are known not only for their love for democracy, but for their humane disposition to people of all races. We condemn terrorism and all acts of violence against America in particular and the West in general. We reject all messages of hate, particularly those directing Muslims to kill citizens of the West and to target Western interests,” Akintola said.
He alleged that the earlier comment by Trump that “Christians in Nigeria was unacceptable” was misinformation by some sections of the Nigerian media, he said what Trump actually said was that “the killing of Christians and Muslims were unacceptable to the United States.
“This gave the impression that the American president welcomed the killing of Muslims or that he was probably unaware that Muslims too were being killed in Nigeria,” he alleged.
“It has since been revealed that President Trump had (towards the end of his remarks) added the need for the Nigerian government to protect ‘innocent civilians of all faiths, including Muslims and Christians’ but Nigerian reporters left this out. The Nigerian Presidency later described the biased media report as unfair and condemned the Muslim groups for their reactions.
“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects the presidency’s condemnation of the Muslim groups who reacted to the report. Rather it is the presidency who should put its house in order. The presidency should have corrected the biased Nigerian media’s report immediately it broke out.
“He who must eat with the devil must possess a long spoon. Government’s information agencies must be faster than mainstream media outfits. Neither should the presidency expect Muslim groups to fold their arms while the Muslim population is exposed to ridicule, disdain, threats, blackmail and coercion. Gone are the days when Nigerian Muslims were sitting ducks,” he said.