The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit (MSSNLagos) has exonerated the Director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Professor Ishaq Lakin Akintola, from an allegation of being an extremist.
MSSNLagos Amir (President), Mallam Kamoldeen Abiona, made this known in a statement to react to an allegation of extremism by a “faceless” group, O’odua Isedale- Muslim-Christian- Council-OIMUCC, on Tuesday.
According to MSSNLagos, the group’s allegation against MURIC Director Akintola must be disregarded.
MSSNLagos Amir Abiona explained that Akintola was targeted because he had been a prominent and consistent advocate for Islamic rights in Nigeria.
‘NO TO DISTRACTION’
He said, “MURIC has consistently pursued its advocacy through peaceful dialogues rather than resorting to violence. Regrettably, this attempt to tarnish the Director’s reputation coincides with a period when the rights of Muslims are facing challenges, particularly in the southwestern region of Nigeria.
“The campaign being waged against MURIC is clearly lacking in substantial support and resources, relying instead on baseless accusations, manipulation, and the spread of misinformation. It is evident that these efforts are being propagated by a nameless group of individuals who lack the courage to present valid evidence against MURIC’s stance.”
The MSSN Lagos Amir also called on the Department of State Security to probe the allegations, saying that nothing must happen to Akintola.
Abiona also demanded the arrest of the accusers, saying that they are out to cause crisis.
“We, at the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Area Unit, also call upon other religious organisations to actively stand against such unfounded campaigns and situations. This incident involving MURIC serves as a reminder that baseless attacks can target any organisation or individual, underscoring the importance of unity among different religious groups to collectively counter such challenges”, he added.