The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has blasted the National Peace Committee led by Matthew Kukah, Bishop of the Sokoto Catholic Diocese, saying the NPC has been silent on sensitive national issues dominating the polity in recent times.
In a statement signed by Professor Ishaq Akintola, its Director, on Friday, MURIC called on the Federal Government to set up a ‘truly’ National Peace Committee.
According to the Islamic human rights group, the existing peace committee has not said a word on some of the controversial issues bedevilling the country in recent times such as the herdsmen crisis, the secession agitation, especially by some persons in the South-West region; and the Tiv-Jukun crisis.
MURIC claimed that the Kukah-led committee has lost its credibility and has been moribund after the bishop allegedly attacked Muslims in his 2020 Christmas message.
The statement read: “Recent events show that Nigeria needs a truly national peace and reconciliation committee. We need credible patriots to intervene in the Jukun/Tiv crisis, the herdsmen/farmers saga, the anti-Fulani hype, etc. The committee will consist of men and women from all walks of life and from the six geo-political zones of the country.
“The loud silence of the Kukah committee amidst several crises facing Nigeria has confirmed the fear that it has gone moribund. The Kukah committee lost credibility after Rev. Fr. Hasan Kukah himself launched unprovoked vitriolic attack on Nigerian Muslims a few months ago. The cacophony of angry responses which his attack elicited proved beyond any reasonable doubt that his committee is no longer acceptable to majority of Nigerians as a national peace committee.
“It is a well-known fact that nature hates vacuum. The Kukah committee said and did nothing about the agitation for secession in the South West region. It has also elected to stand akimbo on the ongoing anti-Fulani hype and the herdsmen/farmers crisis which has all the paraphanelia capable of dragging Nigeria to another civil war.”
MURIC called on the Federal Government to establish its own National Peace Committee that will help intervene in sensitive issues and prevent the country from sliding into crisis.
“The lacuna created by the self-induced voice mail status of the Kukah committee needs to be filled as quickly as possible. We, therefore, call on the Federal Government to immediately constitute a truly national peace and reconciliation committee to supplant the moribund Kukah committee,” the statement added.