Human rights lawyer, Malcolm Omirhobo, on Saturday said the advice by Islamic human rights organization, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), to Nigerian Muslim students and their parents to avoid Christian-owned private universities, is “ill-advised”.
Newsbreak.ng had reported that MURIC gave this counsel “pending the time the National Universities Commission (NUC) would ‘sanitise’ Christian private universities”.
The religious group accused Christian proprietors of private universities of hate against Muslims. This, it said, is manifested in the alleged forceful conversion of Muslim students, ‘compelling’ Muslim students to attend church service and disallowing female Muslim students from using hijab (such as the alleged cases at the Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG).
But reacting to that development in a statement this weekend, Omirhobo who has been involved in a face-off with MURIC since his appearance at courts wearing traditional attire, severely criticised the Islamic group.
He also stated his investigation revealed that MURIC is non-existent on the portal of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC).
“I don’t see any reason why there should be the provision of a place for worship for Muslim students in Christian-owned universities because it is more than certain that Christians in Muslim universities will not be afforded a chapel in such institutions,” Omirhobo said.
“I don’t see how religion has now become part of the curriculum of the universities. Nigerian Muslim parents who have sent their children to school outside the shores of Nigeria or have themselves attended schools abroad will agree with me that our illiterate confusionist Professor is talking rubbish and therefore should not be taken seriously or listened to because he is a religious bigot with a penchant for preaching hatred and disunity amongst Nigerians.
“It is not by force for Muslims to send their children to Christian-owned universities and vice-versa. I really don’t know why this illiterate professor is fond of fomenting religious crises throughout the country all the time if not only for his selfish interest to rake in funds for himself and his phony organisation under the guise of protecting the interest of Muslims and Islam.
“I don’t see any reason why a Muslim will attend a Christian university and want to insist on wearing Hijab or ask for a praying ground when such courtesy cannot and will not be extended to Christians attending Muslim institutions
“Nigerians must stop listening to Prof Ishaq Akinola and his phony Muric because MURIC is nonentity at law.
“My search at the Corporate Affairs Commission reveals that it is not a registered legal entity in Nigeria and so lacks the capacity to advise Nigerians.
“It is most unfortunate and regrettable that over the years this con artist and his phony organisation have been fooling and taking Nigerians for a ride. While Nigerians are busy fighting themselves over religion Prof is cashing out and smiling to the bank.
“The Supreme Court of Nigeria was not spared as MURIC got a judgement in her favour from the Supreme Court on the use of Hijab in public schools. Just imagine the level of deceit and dishonesty of this devious man.
“What we have at the Corporate Affairs Commission is Murica (Muslim Rights Concern Association) and not MURIC (Muslim Rights Concern). Nigerians please take note so that you are not misled or defrauded.”