The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Friday appealed to families of victims of the train attack on the Abuja-Kaduna rail line to allow the train service to resume.
The appeal was contained in a statement issued by the Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, obtained by Newsbreak.ng.
It would be recalled that bandits attacked the Abuja-Kaduna train on 28th March 2022, killing eight, injuring 26 and kidnapping about 300 passengers. The bandits have since been releasing their victims in batches and only 23 remain in captivity.
Attempts by the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC) to resume operation on the Abuja-Kaduna route were met with stiff resistance as families of abducted victims vowed to disrupt such resumption unless the victims were released. The status quo has since remained.
“MURIC sympathises with families of the victims. We feel their pain. It has been traumatizing for every patriotic Nigerian and they have been praying for the victims. The kidnapped victims are in our thoughts everyday.
“But no one should politicise the sad development. It is time to move on,” the Islamic group’s statement reads in part.
“While the Federal Government must continue to work towards the release of the 23 remaining victims, we must allow the railway authorities to resume work because thousands of Nigerians who need the services are being deprived this dividend of democracy on a daily basis.
“Resumption of work is therefore in the best interest of a greater majority of Nigerians.”
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