The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said Afghan citizens should give the Taliban, who recently surged back to power, a chance to govern Afghanistan.
Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC Director, made the case for the insurgent group in an interview on Tuesday.
The takeover of Kabul effectively signalled the complete takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban.
Following the Taliban’s control of the war-torn country, western countries and analysts have expressed concern over the potential imposition of a strict governance system by the insurgents, as well as the non-recognition of the rights of women and girls.
But Akintola insisted that the US abandoned the Afghans after achieving their own national objectives in the South-East Asian country, adding that the Taliban has learnt its lessons from its previous reign in the governance of the country 20 years ago.
According to the Professor of Islamic Eschatology at the Lagos State University, he supports the Taliban taking charge of Afghanistan, noting that they are citizens of the country and not interlopers as the US were considered during their stay there.
“Yes, I am in support. And I will explain. The Taliban are Afghanistans; (sic) it is their country, it is not America’s. Just as Nigerians have the right to be in their own country. They were driven to the countryside by American invading forces,” Akintola told the Punch.
“Now, American forces have fled, that is the way to put it because that is exactly what they did. Biden just said America did not come into Afghanistan for nation-building; it is quite insulting and irritating. You fool a whole country for 20 years?
“America deceived Afghans by using them to dig in in Afghanistan. After invading Afghanistan, America remained there for 20 years with the support of some locals. Now, what have they (Afghans) gained from it?
“America has no problem, it is its national interest as far as America is concerned.”
Akintola, however, stated that he and MURIC are against the blossoming and implementation of terrorism in any form.
He also urged the Taliban to respect the rights of women, noting that even a daughter of the revered Prophet Mohammed was educated.
He said: “While we support the return of the Taliban, we will not support extremism and terrorism in any form.
“When I talk about extremism, I am talking about the rights of women. The Taliban often infringe on the rights of women like denying them the right to education but Islam encourages education and the daughter of Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) was a foremost educationist. She related the hadiths of the prophet after his passing. So, if women should not be educated, Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) would not have educated his own daughter.
“The fact that the Taliban discouraged women’s education was a minus for them but I believe they have learnt their lessons because their spokesman yesterday was talking about allowing women to go to school, allowing women to work because Islam encourages education and Islam does not condone idleness and they have the right to work and own properties.”
The professor stated that Ashraf Ghani, the country’s immediate past president, should have been sent packing long ago as his government was corrupt.
He subsequently called on the Taliban to form what he called a moderate government.
“Ghani was corrupt. Ghani and his cabinet were exploiting the Afghanis and America knew that the government was corrupt, yet it was supporting a corrupt government because it was not its skin that was being removed, it looked the other way.
“Ghani had no right remaining president particularly with the allegations of corruption levelled against him.
“What is left is for the Taliban to form a moderate government, an inclusive government that will not marginalise any section of the Afghanistan community. The Taliban must pursue moderation and eschew all acts of terrorism,” Akintola said.