EYN: MURIC Supports Zulum As Borno Gov Faces Criticism Over Church Demolition

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has come out in support of the Borno State Government after the church in Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa, Nigeria, was demolished.

The EYN building in Maiduguri’s Maduganari neighborhood was demolished exactly one week ago.

The Borno Geographic Information System (BOGIS) took action when land administration and urban development laws were broken.

After security operatives affiliated to the agency shot live rounds, a church member, Ezekiel Bitrus, 29, died.

Governor Babagana Zulum has ordered that the shooting be investigated.

In response to the attacks in Zulum, MURIC reported that the governor has repaired nine churches previously damaged by Boko Haram.

The names and locations of the affected structures were provided by the Islamic organization.

The branches damaged, according to Prof. Ishaq Akintola, MURIC Director, are in the Hawul, Chibok, and Askira-Uba Local Government Areas.

“Their names are EYN LCC Ghung, EYN LCC Sangyere, EYN LCC Kirbutu, EYN LCC Tashan Alade, EYN LCC Shidifu, EYN LCC Azare, EYN LCC Kwajaffa, EYN LCC Yawa Wamdeo and EYN LCC Piyami”, he noted.

MURIC recalled Zulum visited the communities after the attacks, enhanced security, and released humanitarian aid to the victims.

Akintola said the governor’s directives for the reconstruction contradicts “the coordinated propaganda claiming that Borno State Government is wiping out churches”.

The action taken, according to MURIC, was to put into effect a 2010 White Paper with the reference number WPIC/BK/Vol. II/54 dated February 4, 2010, which states that no residential accommodation should be converted into a place of worship.

The rule was enacted in response to the advent of Boko Haram in 2009, according to the religious organization, in order to prevent the uncontrolled expansion of religious centers.

MURIC told Muslims and Christians to read the principle of ‘fatabayyanuu’ (investigate before taking action, Qur’an 49:6), and 1st James 1:19 which says ‘Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to anger’.

Akintola cautioned the public to be wary of persons “trying to sow the seed of discord while hiding under a religious umbrella”.

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