- Says former minister plans to cause war through utterances
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has come down hard of former minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode accusing him of peddling outright lie against the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar,
Fani-Kayode has earlier claimed that the Sultan who is the leader of Muslim faithful in the country said that presidential candidate of the main opposition party in the just concluded 2019 general elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president of Nigeria, should not go to Court because, according to him, he would win if he went to court.
While debunking Fani-Kayode’s claim, MURIC, an Islamic human rights organization, described the claim as false, baseless and malicious.
MURIC’s reaction, contained in a press release signed by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, read: “It is unimaginable. Fani-Kayode probably woke up on the wrong side of the bed. Where and when did His Eminence the Sultan utter such words? Under what circumstances did he say Atiku would win if he went to court? Those words exist in the figment of Fani-Kayode’s imagination.
“What the Sultan said was quoted by several media outfits and none of them mentioned what Fani-Kayode ascribed to him. Addressing President Muhammadu Buhari in the presence of other traditional rulers, the Sultan said, ‘Your election as president for the second tenure should be seen as what God has destined which no man could have changed. This result is the will of Almighty God and therefore we call on all to give you maximum support for the achievement of peace, development and progress of our dear nation’. He then urged Atiku and those who lost to accept the will of God and support President Muhammadu Buhari to move the nation forward.
“Even on the platform of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam (JNI), the Sultan repeated the same message of peace. He said inter alia, ‘We call on all the political contenders in Nigeria to, in the name of Allah take it easy and sheath their swords as in every contest there will always be a winner and a loser.
“So where did Fani-Kayode find the words ‘If you go to court you will win but there will be war’? What kind of editorial abracadabra inserted those words in His Eminence’s statement? It is diabolical and highly disrespectful. It is an attempt to cast aspersion on our leader. It is not only defamatory but slanderous,” MURIC said.
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