Nigerian Muslims have been suggested to disregard any invitation to affix a contemporary protest within the nation.
The recommendation was given by the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), in an announcement issued to NAIJALOADED on Monday by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
“The eye of MURIC has been drawn to subterranean rumblings as precursors of demonstrations. We wish to remind Nigerian Muslims specifically and all residents typically that the final expertise we had throughout #EndSARS protests was very bitter because it pushed the nation to the sting of the precipice.
“Protests are reliable so long as they’re peaceable however the final one was hijacked by disgruntled politicians, non secular bigots and ethnic jingoists. The smoke from the burning embers can nonetheless be seen above our chimneys.
“There may be indeniable proof exhibiting that funds for the protest had been offered by individuals who lack integrity and whose sources of revenue lack credibility.
“These are individuals who have been participating in legal actions. They’ve been taking part in conceal and search with the police and their topmost want has all the time been to eliminate all indicators of regulation enforcement brokers. Sadly harmless however gullible Nigerians performed into their palms and have become weapons of mass destruction.
“Ceteris paribus, we anticipated the protests to abate the second the federal government accepted all of the 5 calls for made by the youth however this didn’t occur. The calls for had been expanded till they grew to become frivolous, ridiculous and irrational.
“The following destruction of properties throughout the protest was too large, sufficient to trigger goose pimples in anybody with the milk of homo sapien compos mentis flowing in his or her veins. Additionally it is sufficient to discourage one other protest so quickly.
“Hoodlums have been allowed to destroy services that coming generations ought to get pleasure from. Solely the apostles of Shaytan (Devil) might be completely happy on the sight of greater than 150 new luxurious buses and different property of the Lagos State authorities burnt by hoodlums over the past protest.
“To what finish? Does Governor Sanwoolu journey these buses? It’s so illogical. These had been buses meant for poor Lagosians. How might we enable ourselves to be deceived into destroying services meant to make life higher for the poor? Are we preventing the lots?
“However, we imagine that Lagos will rise once more to the chagrin of envious eyes and enemies of progress. It’s for these causes that we’re calling on Nigerian Muslims specifically and different residents typically to not be part of any new protest. Sufficient is sufficient.
“The Superb Qur’an instructions Muslims to affix palms in righteous deeds, not for aggression and destruction. It says, ‘Join palms collectively in good deeds and piety. However don’t be part of others to commit sin and aggression’ (Qur’an 5:2).
“This can be a clear injunction directed at Muslims and it’s sufficient for them to avoid any new protest. Any individual as soon as stated, ‘Idiot me as soon as, disgrace on you; idiot me a second time, disgrace on me’. ‘Knowledge’, in accordance with the Prophet (SAW), ‘is the property of believers’. We must always not enable anybody to deceive us into becoming a member of a rudderless protest once more.
“Our observations within the final protest are that it was primarily a southern affair. The North didn’t take part. This tainted it with ethnic colouration. Additionally, whereas Islamic students and Muslim leaders within the South West shunned the protest, Christian clergymen from the area and from the South East actively inspired it. Igbo Christians additionally seized the chance to eliminate mosques inside their area. This gave it non secular bias.
“The modus operandi of the protest additionally uncovered the evil intention of the organisers. Police personnel had been attacked. Some had been killed. Many had been injured. About 15 police stations had been burned down in Lagos alone. Nigerians forgot that just about each one in all them has at the very least one relation within the police drive (a son, daughter, brother, sister, cousin, nephew or in-law). But they allowed assaults on policemen.
“What if the subsequent policeman attacked is your father or brother? It grew to become obvious that the intention was to enthrone the Hobbesian state, a state of lawlessness the place would possibly is true and harmless residents might be on the mercy of cultists, armed robbers, kidnappers and warlords. Sadly that is precisely what is occurring in lots of locations the place police have been destabilized.
“The strategy was just like leftist-communist inclination as private and non-private properties had been mercilessly looted and harmless residents had been dispossessed of their prized possessions. Quite the opposite, MURIC belongs to Rousseau’s faculty of thought the place ‘proper is would possibly’ and the place there may be respect for the rule of regulation. Hatred for the wealthy is opposite to the teachings of Islam. Allah gave them their riches. We too should work onerous sufficient and we have to be contented with what we’ve.
“The aftermath of the assaults on policemen and their stations was common commotion. Daylight robberies occurred in Lagos specifically however there have been no policemen to name. It was each man to himself. Site visitors gridlocks compelled motorists to stay in a single spot for as much as three hours however there have been no visitors policemen to ease the circulation of visitors. As you make your mattress, so you’ll sleep on it.
“Nigerian Muslims and, certainly, each proper considering Nigerian for that matter, shouldn’t enable this to occur once more. We should not be part of any contemporary protest below no matter guise. Leaderless protests result in chaos. Leaderless protests include terrible intentions. We must always not be part of them. The final demonstration has taught us a bitter lesson, specifically, that it’s tough to know the true intention of any protest. They could begin peacefully however graduate to violent outings.
“Our main factors on this advocacy are : one, Nigerian Muslims and all cheap residents ought to keep away from becoming a member of any new protest; two, destruction of private and non-private properties can solely be the handiwork of unscrupulous and unpatriotic components; three, Nigerians needs to be cautious of leftist-communist revolutions which goal at violent seizure of properties of the wealthy and the center class and, 4, assaults on policemen and burning of police stations will solely open the door for legal actions with the attendant disruption of socio-economic life whose victims would be the poor lots.”
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