Hate speeches and false news appear to be the exclusive preserve of religious and political leaders. This class can spread the poison in statements, comments and homilies without any control. They can fuel religious animosity and push the wedge of hatred deeper without being responsible for their actions.
Poor me! When Nigerians who are misappropriated by the government tweet or publish their frustrations in the greetings that the leadership finds unpleasant or protest against obvious mismanagement, they are struck as in the case of Abubakar Idris, a critic, better known as “Dadiyata” who he disappeared without a trace for eight months. Or they are molested, threatened and imprisoned as in the case of Omoyele Sowore.
Did you write about clergymen’s indulgent freedoms in a previous article entitled “When will Pastor Chris Oyakhilome be arrested for spreading harmful lies”? I believe we cannot eliminate the government without first having gutted the bowels of the religious establishment that holds temporal power.
I wrote: “Clerics in the country blatantly challenge the law with unbridled arrogance. And when there is an attempt to make them accountable, the saying becomes” our religion is under attack “by non-believers.”
Ishaq Akintola, director of the Muslim Rights Concern, is a cleric who abuses his privilege and goes beyond the limits of decency. Issues declarations of division, proposing dangerous conspiracy theories; in doing so by igniting religious passion and threatening peace.
In his latest conspiracy theory, Ishaq hinted that the deaths in Kano could be an attempt to reduce the northern Muslim population.
Listen to him: “More disturbing is the rumor that the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) in the state has closed its offices and its officials are not responding to distress calls. Apparently the only test center in Kano who is in the hospital Didactic Aminu Kano was also locked up, so where did NCDC get his figure in Kano? Here’s something suspicious.
“Is it a deliberate attempt to weaken the population of the north with its concomitant impact on the majority Muslim population in the country? Therefore, we ask for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the alleged closure of the NCDC office in the state of Kano, as well as the shortage of test centers across the north. ”
First, on April 16, Chikwe Ihekweazu, CEO of NCDC, said that the health agency has activated a test center in Kano state to increase its testing capacity. In words: “We just started Kano’s lab a few days ago.” So of course, the tests ran until April 22, when the test center was temporarily closed for decontamination. This explains where the state figures come from.
Health minister Osagie Ehanire explained that the test center was temporarily closed because part of its staff contracted COVID-19, and also that the laboratory ran out of test reagents. Nothing conspiratorial here.
In addition, the last confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Kano were reported over the weekend. And by April 27, testing had resumed in Kano, according to the NCDC. In addition, the state had one-day high cases from previous tests.
Also, as of March, the entire southeast had no test center. So there is nothing “suspicious” here, except for the challenge of leadership by both federal and state governments.
The strange deaths in Kano are excruciating. Every Nigerian must be worried. But trying to politicize this misfortune and deploy it for conspiracy purposes is worrying. All Nigerian life matters. This is not the time to make maddening comments, especially from people who claim religious authority.
Ishaq’s claim is capable of starting a fire and causing a setback in the effort to fight COVID-19 in Kano. Imagine if this conspiracy theory takes root in Kano, the danger it poses to healthcare professionals and anyone who considers themselves to be outsiders.
In fact, Ishaq has trafficked hate speech and conspiracy theories for a long time. And I wonder why he was never questioned by security agencies or even called to order. This cleric labeled a case of child trafficking (the nine Kano children trafficked in Anambra) “rapture of Christ”.
He said Amotekun, the southwestern regional security team, is a Christian brigade. It sparked a storm when he attacked Falz’s music video, describing it as anti-Islam. Ishaq continued to counteract the religious tension in the country, without scruples.
A group known as the Yoruba Coalition of Progressive Islamic Groups (COPYIG) has described it as a serious threat to southern Nigeria. Indeed, the seeds this cleric is sowing and fertilizing will one day become carnivorous plants that eat man, if they do not control him now.
Director MURIC’s statement is a threat to public peace. You should be responsible. If it escapes the law on this, then the government has no moral authority to arrest any Nigerian who spreads fake news or makes hate speech.