The leader of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof. Ishaq Akintola has reacted to the claims that he is having talks with terrorist groups outside the country.
Akintola in a statement made available to newsmen in Lagos State on Tuesday, August 11 faulted the claims by a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, who challenged President Muhammadu Buhari’s led administration to investigate MURIC.
However, MURIC has today distanced itself from having a link with any terrorist group within or outside the nation, noting that the group is well disciplined, of the high esteem and would not associate itself with any terrorist group.
According to him, the group had always condemned terrorists and their activities within and outside Nigeria.
“Our attention has been drawn to a rumour that MURIC received 200,000 dollars from Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP),” the statement reads.
It added, “It is a wicked concoction from the pit of Jahannam. We declare clearly, categorically that we have never had any contact with ISWAP or any other terrorist group.
“We remain committed to the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria,”
Akintola reiterates that “the allegation was illogical,” saying that “the group has always condemned every act of terror whether it happened within or outside the country.”
“The motto of MURIC is ‘dialogue, not violence’. So how can we descend so low as to collect money from terrorists? Such lies will not fly.
“The terrorists themselves know that we can never support them. How can they give us money? The allegation is dead on arrival. We are a disciplined group. We have never been known to engage in any violent protest or attack since the establishment of MURIC in 1994.”
He added, “It is most diabolical to accuse a group that has pursued peaceful advocacy for 26 years of having any connection with terrorists,”
MURIC urged the incumbent government to investigate further the source of the information, adding its group has never been involved in any international activity.
He said, “We deliberately restricted ourselves to the Nigerian environment in order to avoid complications. We have enough on our hands within the country. So how can a former intelligence chief from far away Mali show interest in us?
“We urge our detractors to desist from their evil ways and pursue the path of honour,” MURIC noted.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has blamed the failure to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency in northeastern Nigeria on the government’s lack of resources.
President Buhari made the disclosure on Monday during a meeting with the Association of North East Governors at his office in Aso Villa.