The General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye last week warned that Nigeria as it is presently constituted may cease to exist if killings continue.
He also added that 2019 elections may not hold.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) rejects this message of doom. Nations are not run on prophesies and divisive messages but on industry, love, fortitude, unity, honesty and determination.
We recall that killings and cattle rustling did not begin yesterday. These attacks have been there since the early 60s. It was not Nigerians who were attacking themselves but cattle thieves and criminals from neighbouring countries like Niger, Chad and Mali.
These invasions from other countries have continued till today due to Nigeria’s porous borders. But Nigerians exploit religious rivalry and acrobatic religiousity instead of engaging in diligent investigations.
We are blaming ourselves for nothing. Still going along the lanes of history, a few years back Nigerian Christian leaders initially accused Muslims in the country of sponsoring Boko Haram to kill Christians. All denials fell on deaf ears. Foul language was used.
Provocative statements were issued. Nigerian Muslim leaders exhibited patience throughout those terrible days. Today the picture has become clearer to the Christian leaders as Boko Haram has killed more Muslims than Christians (including an Emir) and destroyed more mosques than churches.
The truth is that both Christians and Muslims are victims of killings, though Christians may have the advantage of media support to use killings on its side as a propaganda tool.
The Nigerian media hardly hypes reports of Muslim deaths, nor do they report them correctly with their religious affiliation. Meanwhile Muslims do not use their dead victims for propaganda because, as a rule, Muslims bury their dead speedily whereas Christians delay the burial of their dead and openly display them.
But the fact is that the monkey is also sweating but the hair on its skin may not allow people to see it. Nigeria has become a land where Shakespearean lines must be actualized: “When beggars die, there are no comets seen. The heavens themselves blow forth the death of princes.” Thus when Muslims are killed, the Nigerian media uses captions like “85 killed in Maiduguri Explosion” or “76 Die as Hoodlums Invade Zamfara Village”.