As Nigerians prepare for the 2019 general elections, an Islamic human rights organization, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has declared that it has no personal relationship with President Muhammadu Buhari saying his remarkable interest in Nigeria and welfare of Nigerians endeared him to them.
The director of the organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola in a statement on Wednesday said this while explaining the rationale behind its style of advocacy which combines theocracy with democracy.
The group insisted that its interest lies in progress for Nigeria and the welfare of Nigerian citizens, saying “there is no personal relationship between it and President Muhammadu Buhari.
“It is not about any close relationship or acquaintance. It is Buhari’s integrity that warms our heart. We marvel at his prudence, his simplicity and his altruism. He is simply a living legend.
“These are the qualities which we cherish in Buhari. His political party does not matter to us. Some Nigerians are not being honest.
“All of us have been complaining for a long time that the problem with Nigeria is leadership. We accused our leaders of greed, avarice and selfishness. But today we have a leader who loves Nigeria more than himself but then we want to start listening to looters.
“A former military governor, former military head of state and former chairman Petroleum Task Force (PTF) who refused to steal one kobo. We have a man who, in spite of all the chances he had to steal, he has no fleet of cars, no private estates within the country, he has no foreign account, no houses in London, New York or any foreign land.
“We have been complaining for long that corrupt leaders always got away with their loot. Nobody ever questioned anyone. But today we have a president to whom transparency, probity and accountability are uppermost.”
It argued that Buhari had the political will to fight corruption and to punish offenders, adding that ex-governors and powerful politicians were being sent to jail for the first time in the history of this country, while huge amounts were also being recovered.
“We complained that our leaders were corrupt. Now that we have a leader who is not corrupt, we are looking for excuses even after seeing his performance.
“Treasury Single Account has saved a lot of money for Nigeria. Our foreign reserve has risen from $28 billion to more than $47 billion within two years and in spite of falling oil prices”.
MURIC also debunked insinuations that the group was supporting Buhari because the latter is a Muslim, saying “It is not the religion.
“Check our records. Former military heads of state, late General Sani Abacha and General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd) were Muslims but we fought them to a standstill.
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