The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has commended the Nigeria Military for the feat recorded in the fight against terrorism in the North East.
In a statement signed by the group’s director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, made available to Facing the Kaaba stated: “We commend our gallant soldiers for beating the insurgents in their game. We are particularly pleased with the liberation of Baga and other communities. We urge the Nigerian military not to relent until all communities occupied by the hoodlums are liberated. Not even one inch of Nigerian territory should be left for them.
It further stressed: “Nonetheless, we are irked by both the speed and the ease with which the military is overrunning the insurgents. We are tempted to ask, “Are these the same Nigerian soldiers who reportedly took to their heels at the approach of insurgents? How did this transformation come about?”
The group said now that FG has awoken from its deep slumber and it has given the soldiers the green light to rout the insurgents, it called for caution in the euphoria of victory, adding that the urge to seize Shekau alive may lead to another controversy.
“This is a man whom the Nigerian military claimed to have killed several times. Nigerian security agencies had also sworn that the Shekau appearing in video clips these days is a fake one.
We warn that the propaganda machinery of both Boko Haram and the Islamic State (ISIS) is highly sophisticated. A captured fake Shekau is capable of planting seeds of discord within the Nigerian polity via ‘confessional’ statements extracted from him. He can easily be used for political ends. This may be too dangerous.Nigerians will be too glad to know Shekau has been killed or captured. But nobody should contemplate using the seizure of either a fake or original Shekau to implicate political opponents.
Both the ruling party and the opposition have played too much politics with the issue of Boko Haram. Let Shekau die. But don’t give us a fake Shekau to score cheap political points,” Akintola said.