The Director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof Ishaq Akintola has accused the Islamic Movement in Nigeria (IMN) of perpetually abusing the fundamental human rights of Nigerian citizens
According to the MURIC leader, Shi’ites have not lived peacefully with their neighbours because of the alleged excessive, extreme and irrational activities they had carried out, especially in Kaduna State.
The MURIC leader told reporters on Monday while reacting to the petition written by IMN to the United Nations and European Union against the former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu and the former Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai for allegedly killing its members.
The Shi’ites, Friday, had dragged both Adamu and Buratai before the UN and EU for the alleged killing of 78 members of the group in three years during peaceful protests to demand the release of their leader, Sheikh Ibrahim El-Zakzaky.
In the petition dated May 28th 2021 and signed by Secretary, Academic Forum of the movement, Abdullahi Musa called on international organisations to take necessary actions against the perpetrators of the alleged crime against humanity.
Reacting to the petition by the Islamic group, MURIC said, “The Shi’ites’ case is quite peculiar. You see when we talk about human rights, we are a human rights body. We are a Muslim rights organisation. When we talk about human rights, we don’t want to abuse that nomenclature. And whoever wants to come to equity must come with clean hands.
“We’ve examined the Shi’ites’ case particularly when the incident just happened. MURIC, our organisation condemned the killings at that time. But the allegations against them (Shi’ites) proved that the Shit’tes have been overdoing it over time. We discussed this with their neighbours. We interviewed a lot of people in Zaria, particularly where they have their headquarters. And we have discovered that the neighbours of Shi’ites live in fear.”
The Muslim human rights group stated that it has not supported the Shi’ites because of their alleged track record of violations of the rights of Nigerian citizens in the country, including harassment and intimidation of the common man.
“We were told that their neighbours were being harassed and intimidated by Shi’ites. There were occasions when Shi’ites would take over the road. They engaged in street walks, and they would stage walks from Zaria to Kaduna, sometimes from Zaria to Kano trekking on the expressway and blocking the whole roads.
“We think what the Shi’ites were doing constituted a gross violation of the fundamental rights of other people, I mean other Nigerians. You don’t block the road and make it impossible for people to move from one place to another. Sick people are being taken to the hospital, women in labour are being taken to the hospital.
“There was a time the Emir of Zaria, a first-class traditional ruler wanted to pass and the Shi’ites because they were staging a walk refused to allow him. They didn’t allow him to pass. The Emir had to turn back, and I mean when the Shi’ites staged these walks, they occupied the whole road. Not just one side. Apart from that, the front of the Shi’ites headquarters, the area they occupied in Zaria was a no-go area for ordinary citizens. These Shi’ites’ activities were extreme, excessive and irrational.
“It is from this aspect we don’t want to stick our neck out for the Shi’ites group. That’s why if somehow there are things are happening and we are not saying anything, it is because of these violations, these excesses. We believe those who want human rights must also grant human rights to others and respect the rights of others. The Shi’ites in their aims do not respect others, and those who do not respect others will not be respected by us,” Akintola said.