The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has debunked a message trending on social media alerting Christians not to attend a crusade tagged, “We Are One” because Muslims planned the crusade with the intention of bombing the venue in order to kill all Christians in Nigeria.
The organisation’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola in a statement issued yesterday described the message as fake news and advised Nigerian Christians to ignore it.
“We are aware of a message now trending among Christians on social media. The message which was meant for Nigerian Christians only was leaked to MURIC through a patriotic and true Christian.
It said that the crusade was planned by Muslim leaders and it will be holding in all the states in Nigeria at the same day and time,” MURIC said.
MURIC urged Nigerians to ignore another rumour concerning the hijab, saying that fake newsmongers claim that Muslims in the South West were advocating for the use of hijab as identity by their women and female school children because Muslims plan to launch terrorist attacks.
The group said, “This is atrocious. It is far from the truth. It is also illogical, false, baseless and unfounded. Nigerians should not allow themselves to be hoodwinked by rumour mongers. How is this possible? If the hijab is to serve the purpose of identifying Muslim women in the event of a terrorist attack, what of the Muslim men?
‘’If the attack is to happen in schools, what of the male Muslim students? How will the terrorists identify Muslim male students so as not to attack them? It is sheer bunkum, balderdash and poppycock twaddle.
“We urge both Christians and Muslims in the country to go about their businesses without any fear. This is the time to come together putting our heads under the same thinking cap for the sake of our country. Election period is a sensitive time and we should do everything we can to avoid anything capable of undermining the security of the nation.
“Nigerians should ignore baseless information particularly those that have security implication around this time. Any information which cannot be verified should be ignored. Adherents of the two major religions should follow the teachings of their faith regarding fake news.’’