Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, an Islamic human rights organization, has blamed former President Goodluck Jonathan for the recent killings, kidnappings, and damage in Nigeria’s northern region.
The North is boiling over with hatred about insecurity, with certain organizations already protesting, and the typical person simmering with rage.
Jonathan’s administration was singled out by MURIC as the true perpetrators of instability in the North, and politicians were chastised for stealing funds intended for the purchase of armaments for the armed forces.
The organization urged the North against misdirecting their rage, pointing up that the almajiri system’s bastardization had not helped.
The organisation, in a statement signed by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, and disseminated to the media on Saturday, emphasized that the current security situation is the responsibility of previous leaders, not the current one.
“Today was born from the wombs of yesterday,” the statement began.
“Little or no effort was made to nip the problem in the bud. The remote causes are the bastardisation of the almajiri system and the proliferation of drug addiction.
“In particular, ex-President Goodluck Jonathan displayed high level aparthy to the problem of Boko Haram insurgency. A glaring example was his self-imposed state of stupor in the first three weeks after the Chibok girls were abducted.
“Jonathan was in power at that time but his attitude to the Boko Haram insurgency was lukewarm.
“Things were so bad that Nigerian soldiers used to turn their heels at the approach of the insurgents.
“Had he acted swiftly, the insurgents would have been apprehended but he dilly-dallied and refused to give the order to pursue the abductors until it was too late.
“The way and manner the $2.1 billion arms money was shared among party loyalists under the watch of the former president left much to be desired. Had that money been utilized for what it was intended, insecurity in the North would have been brought under control at an early stage,” it said.
MURIC also criticized the Bukola Saraki-led 8th National Assembly for effectively holding President Muhammadu Buhari’s hands and assuring motion without action during his presidency.
The Saraki-led assembly, according to MURIC, had only one goal: to frustrate the Buhari government and guarantee that it failed in all of its endeavors.
The Islamic rights group said the region needs to know who is to blame for the current instability so it can assign responsibility appropriately, pointing to those who, it claims, failed to act quickly enough during Boko Haram’s heyday.
MURIC urged the North from blaming Buhari by demonstrating, saying the region risked self-destruction.