The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has advised critics of President Muhammadu Buhari over the appointment of Major General Faruk Yahaya as the Chief of Army Staff to stop misleading the public.
A statement issued by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola accused some Nigerians of making ‘a mountain out of a molehill’.
The Islamic human rights group said most of the reactions to Yahaya’s elevation were short in objectivity but long in sentimentality.
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“Unfortunately, Nigerians are so gullible that they swallow the shallow baits hook, line and sinker. Majority of Nigerians suffer from mass amnesia. We do not look back to compare events,” he Akintola wrote.
MURIC noted that some claimed that the South has produced only four COAS against the North’s seven.
Akintola gave a breakdown of past Army Chiefs since the return of democracy, including their religion and home state.
“Victor Malu, a Christian from Benue State was COAS from 1999 to 2001. He was succeeded by Alex Ogomudia, another Christian from Delta (2001 – 2003). Martin Luther Agwai who was also a Christian from Kaduna State took over from 2003 to 2006.
“Agwai handed over the baton to Owoye Andrew Azazi, another Christian from Bayelsa (2006 – 2007). Luka Yusuf, a Christian from Kaduna served in the same capacity from 2007 to 2008. He was succeeded by Abdul Rahman Danbazzau, a Muslim from Kano (2008 – 2010).
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“Azubuike Ihejirika, a Christian from Abia State, came on the scene from 2010 to 2014 and he was succeeded by another Christian from Rivers State, Kenneth Minimah (2014 – 2015). Tukur Buratai, a Muslim from Borno State and the longest serving army chief had a taste of leadership of the Nigerian Army in 2015 and he left office in 2021.
“Ironically, he was succeeded by the shortest serving COAS, Attahiru Ibrahim, another Muslim from Kaduna. Attahiru was in office for just four months (January 26, 2021 – May 21, 2021). The newly appointed COAS, Faruk Yahaya, is a Muslim from Sokoto.
“It is clear from the above that seven Christians have been COAS against only four Muslims. No Muslim was deemed fit to be COAS during the reign of Obasanjo (1999 – 2007).”
MURIC added that there is no record of Muslims accusing former President, Olusegun Obasanjo of Christianising the country.
Akintola lambasted Christians for “screaming to the rooftops today about a phantom Islamisation.”
The organization said critics fail to provide any data and when they do, it is manipulated and skewed to send their perceived enemy to the guillotine.
The statement reminded Nigerians that Buhari appointed Rauf Aregbesola, a Yoruba, to replace Abdulrahman Danbazzau from Zaria as Minister of Interior.
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