The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised the protagonists of the proposed Oduduwa Republic to cease utilizing faux Islamic organisations to camouflage as Muslims.
The human rights group urged Nigerians to be cautious of faux Islamic teams masquerading and declaring assist for the secessionists.
This was revealed by the Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a press assertion issued on Wednesday.
“The protagonists of the proposed Oduduwa Republic are determined. Their desperation has reached a crescendo the place they’ve resorted to dishonourable actions.
“This could jog the conscience of trustworthy Nigerians. There may be nothing unsuitable to have variations and disagreements. It is usually regular to have ambition. However what’s irregular and ignoble is to pursue your ambition by hook or criminal.
“These within the irredentist Oduduwa Republic camp have descended so low that they use faux Muslim names and counterfeit Islamic organisations to challenge statements as a way to confuse Nigerians.
“Their plan is to deceive Nigerians and the remainder of the world into believing that Yoruba Muslims are with them of their secession bid. This isn’t politics. It’s outright dishonesty. It isn’t solely cowardly, however ignoble, despicable and condescending. It must be condemned by all women and men of honour.
“These behind it must be ashamed of themselves and people nonetheless supporting them ought to notice by now that they’re being led by the nostril.
“We urge Nigerians and the skin world to get up to the antics of shenanigans masquerading as leaders of Yoruba self-determination teams.
“Yorubas are identified to have nice qualities of honesty and transparency. That’s the reason the typical Yoruba man, based mostly on established Yoruba norms and values, is proud to be known as an ‘Omoluabi’, i.e. a person of honour.
“However the reverse is the case with the self-acclaimed leaders of the current Yoruba irredentists. They’re one other cup of tea totally.
“They’re ready to get their reckless and ill-thought-out ambition by honest or foul means. As a substitute of utilizing superior logic to persuade Nigerians, they inform lies at will to confuse the gullible. They forge names and concoct counterfeit organisations simply by snapping their fingers.
“All these are in an effort to deceive the general public. Our query to them could be very easy: what sort of ‘republic’ do you need to set up with falsehood? Why should you resort to deception, lies and false propaganda? It’s sheer mischief, nothing else.
“That is the place Nigerians have to decide on: ought to we observe liars and mischief makers or ought to we queue behind males of honour and reality? The satan you recognize is at all times higher than the one you have no idea. We could not have gold or silver at present, however we are going to by no means deceive you with lies or half-truths. Except you’re a certificated gambler, it’s too harmful to observe liars to terra incognito.
“The names of faux Islamic teams like Yoruba Jamatru, Yoruba Islamic Organisation (YISO) and Yoruba Muslim Neighborhood have been used to deceive most people. We alert the press and the great folks of Nigeria that these are all faux teams conjured by the secessionist camp.
“Observers of the spiritual circle within the South West will observe that notable Islamic organisations which were talking for Muslims within the area are the umbrella physique for all Islamic organisations within the zone, the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), the Companion, The Criterion, The Muslim Public Affairs Centre (MPAC), FOMWAN, NASFAT, QAREEB, the Muslim College students Society of Nigeria (MSSN), The Muslim Congress (TMC), The Ansaruddeen Society, Nawairudeen Society, MURIC, the Motion for Islamic Cultural Affairs (MICA) and some others whom house can not permit us to say right here.
“Most of those Islamic organisations have issued statements rejecting the Oduduwa Republic however the irredentists need to distort historical past by making solid statements utilizing faceless Islamic organisations.
“That is prison. We advise journalists to hunt clarification from MUSWEN each time any new group feedback on the matter as a way to keep away from vicarious legal responsibility. MUSWEN is our umbrella group within the South West and all Islamic teams within the South West are registered beneath it.
“We assert clearly, categorically and unequivocally that not one of the so-called Islamic teams which have issued statements in assist of a Yoruba Republic are identified to us.
“They’re fifth columnists created by the separatists with the purpose of dividing the Yoruba Muslim group. However they’ve failed. It isn’t an Islamic group if it isn’t an Islamic group.
“The Yoruba Ummah is one, virile and indivisible. We subsequently cost the Nigerian press to deal with the Oduduwa Republic matter with utmost professionalism. The wheat have to be separated from the chaff. This isn’t the time for yellow journalism. Neither is it the time for sensationalism.
“Statements issued by teams which might be hitherto unknown in Christian, Muslim and conventional Yoruba circles must be checked and cross-checked. Media homes who publish statements made by faux teams might be held answerable for such statements. A licensed journalist is predicted to test the supply of his or her data. The press should take accountability.
“Those that permit the title of Yoruba Muslims for use freely and irresponsibly will reply to Yoruba Muslims as a result of we’re going to guarantee that we ahead stories of faux statements to the safety brokers and authorized motion might be taken the place crucial. The sources of these statements might be traced and all these concerned may have inquiries to reply. This society have to be sanitized.
“There have to be penalties for irresponsible and mischievous statements and publications able to inflicting the breakdown of regulation and order within the society. Yoruba Muslims have Allah-given elementary proper to get pleasure from freedom from molestation, harassment, intimidation and coercion from any quarters. MURIC will do all the pieces doable throughout the legal guidelines of the land to warranty this proper.
“MURIC appeals to Nigerians, notably the Yoruba folks, to shine their eyes. These liars and forgers are advocatus diaboli whose solely want is to trigger chaos in society.
“The Yoruba say ‘Omo ti o ba puro yio jale’ i.e. a baby that tells lies will quickly begin stealing. Those that are actually deceptive you with lies will certainly steal all of your cash if ever Oduduwa Republic turns into a fait accompli.
“They don’t seem to be to be trusted. They’re making noise at present as a result of the faucet from which free naira and greenback used to circulation has been closed. We guarantee Nigerians that the agitation will die a pure dying when the person they like to hate ends his tenure in 2023.
“To chop a protracted story brief, we warn these agitating for the institution of Oduduwa Republic to cease deceiving Nigerians through the use of Muslim names and pretend Islamic organisations to challenge statements.
“The Nigerian press has an obligation to make sure that faux and faceless teams should not allowed to make use of it to trigger disaffection within the society. Media homes are suggested to publish solely what they are often pleased with as members of the noble occupation,” he mentioned.