MURIC urges Hausa, Fulani to ignore Amotekun quit order
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has urged the Hausa and Fulani citizens resident in South-West to ignore the quit notice purportedly given to them by the ‘leader’ of the Amotekun security outfit to leave within seven days.
It stated this while reacting to the online media house report, which quoted the Amotekun leader as saying that the pipeline explosion, which occurred last Sunday at Abule-Ado in Amuwo Odofin area of Lagos was an act of terror perpetrated by the Hausa and Fulani.
The Islamic human rights organisation, in a statement by Dr. Sidiq Okanlawon Uthman and Alhaji Shehu Tijani, media aides to the director of MURIC, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, said that the news was fake and as such Nigerians should ignore it.
“It is fake news. We call on Nigerians to ignore the report. There is no such thing. How can anybody attribute an obvious accident along the pipeline to innocent citizens? It doesn’t add up. It is laughable, ludicrous and comical. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) gave a graphic picture of what happened exactly. According to the NNPC, a truck hit gas cylinders, which exploded and oil pipelines later caught fire. How does that resemble terrorism?” the statement said.
The organisation, which said it believed strongly in the NNPC story and asked Amotekun to show proof of their allegation, further said: “NNPC has all the tools for the investigation and we stand by NNPC’s story. It is credible. The allegation of an act of terrorism by the Hausa/Fulani resident in Lagos State is false, baseless and unacceptable. Where is their proof? At worst, it is sheer grandstanding.
Note that a similar quit notice was given to the former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, last week as he was asked to leave Lagos.“We have no scintilla of doubt that Yoruba Muslims have no hand in such acts of hostility against Hausa/Fulani, Igbo or any other tribe who reside in the South-West. Islam recognises the unity of all mankind. We, therefore, urge the various ethnic groups living in the South-West to eschew bitterness towards one another.”
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