MURIC denies receiving $200,000 from ISWAP

MURIC Ishaq Akintola

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) says it has no link with any terrorist group in or outside Nigeria.

MURIC director Prof. Ishaq Akintola in a statement on Tuesday said the group would never be affiliated with any terrorist group.

“Our attention has been drawn to a rumour that MURIC received 200,000 dollars from Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP),” the statement read.

“It is a wicked concoction from the pit of Jahannam. We declare clearly, categorically that we have never had any contact with ISWAP or any other terrorist group.

“We remain committed to the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.”

The group described the allegation as illogical, saying it has always condemned every act of terror within or outside the country.

“The motto of MURIC is ‘dialogue, not violence’.  So how can we descend so low as to collect money from terrorists? Such lies will not fly,” it said.

“The terrorists themselves know that we can never support them. How can they give us money? The allegation is dead on arrival.

“We are a disciplined group. We have never been known to engage in any violent protest or attack since establishment of MURIC in 1994.

“It is most diabolical to accuse a group that has pursued peaceful advocacy for 26 years of having any connection with terrorists.”

Akintola appealed to the Federal Government to investigate the source of the allegation.