The Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic rights organisation, has urged Christians to pray for Leah Sharibu and Chibok girls’ release.
Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of MURIC, said this in a statement on Thursday.
He urged Muslims who criticise the group for sending goodwill messages to Christians to reflect on the true meaning of Islam and essence of humanity.
“We call on Nigerians to spend the period in sober reflection and to pray for the safe return of Leah Sharibu in particular, the Chibok girls and all other captives in general. Nigerians are also requested to spend the Christmas period praying for the return of peace, security and economic stability to the country,” the statement read.
“We advise non-moderate fellow Muslims who have always criticized and condemned MURIC each time we send messages of love to Christians during festivals to reflect on the true teachings of Islam and the essence of humanity. As we strive lawfully for the realization of Allah-given fundamental human rights of Nigerian Muslims, MURIC will not be swayed from the path of love for fellowmen, tolerance, forgiveness and peaceful coexistence, all in an atmosphere of mutual respect.”
The group also sent special greetings to Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Samson Ayokunle, President of the Christian Association of Nigeria.
It urged security agencies to “ensure adequate protection for places of worship and all law abiding citizens during the yuletide particularly in view of the alarm raised by the Department of State Services (DSS) concerning the plan being made by unscrupulous elements to carry out series of bombings at this period.”
“By the same token, we charge Nigerians to be security conscious and to report any suspicious person to the security agencies. People inside or around churches and mosques should be on the lookout for strange faces as well as abandoned vehicles, bags and packages. Such items should not be touched but reports should be lodged with the authorities with immediate effect.”