Foremost Islamic human rights organization, the Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC has appealed to politicians to avoid do-or-die politics, noting that “desperation, greed and avarice are still boldly written on the foreheads of our politicians.”
MURIC, in a message to felicitate with President Muhammadu Buhari, the Sultan of Sokoto and President General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, Alhaji Muhammad Sa‘ad Abubakar, the Nigerian Muslim community and others on this year’s birthday of Prophet Muhammad, urged the politicians to always play the game in accordance with the rule.
The message, signed and released yesterday by the group’s leader, Professor Ishaq Akintola, cited cases of parallel congresses held by all political parties in almost all of the states, pointing out that this manifests gross desertification of the spirit of sportsmanship, statesmanship, patriotism and sacrifice by the politicians.
He said: “We seize the opportunity of this august occasion to appeal to Nigerian politicians to eschew do-or-die politics. The body language of our politicians in recent times is not encouraging, particularly after the recent party congresses held all over the country. Desperation, greed and avarice are still boldly written on the foreheads of our politicians.
“It cuts across the political parties. Parallel congresses are held in almost all of the states and in almost all the parties. The exercise so far manifests gross desertification of the spirit of sportsmanship, statesmanship, patriotism and sacrifice.
“Why are ex-governors breathing down the necks of sitting governors? Where is the spirit of living and letting live? What did the ex-governors forget in the state houses? Whatever achievement or failure registered during the tenure of a former governor is his own story and score card.
“No ex-governor has the right to take more than one ‘last look at the Moor’. Cast your last look at the government house as you pack your belongings out of it at the end of your tenure and wish your successor well. Unfortunately the reverse is the case as most of our ex-governors fight tooth and nail to retain control of the political architecture of the states.
“Worse still, gunmen are hired to disrupt political gatherings. The fact that our politicians still believe in thuggery and hooliganism as a means of settling scores and achieving their political ambitions indicate that we are still playing Stone Age politics.”
The Islamic scholar, therefore, urged the politicians to learn from Prophet Muhammad, who he described as the master of the arts of persuasion and dialogue.
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