By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership should not see Banire as an enemy, neither should it frown at his exposure of certain autocratic propensities within the party.
This was expressed in a statement signed by President, of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Professor Ishaq Akintola, in reaction to the protest by some APC supporters in Lagos who demanded the exclusion of the national Legal Adviser of the party, Dr. Muiz Banire (SAN).
The demand was premised on the latter’s recent condemnation of the imposition of candidates in the coming local government election in Lagos State.
Citing an example of former President Goodluck Jonathan who learnt too late that it is better to listen to complaints coming from within, an error he paid dearly for.
“APC leaders should borrow a leaf from its recent loss in Osun senatorial election where victory was snatched by opportunists whose major credential is dancing on their fathers’ grave. Charles Darwin’s wise words come in handy in these circumstances: “It is not the strongest of the species or the most intelligent that survives. It is the one most adaptable to change”
MURIC advised APC leadership at the national level to immediately set its reconciliation machinery in motion and to up its internal democracy game. At the local level, the leaders are advised to stoop to conquer. They should remember that the hawks are waiting by the ringside.
“We appeal to all stakeholders to sheath their swords in the interest of Nigeria. There is also no need to feel slighted as this will not diminish an inch from the greatness of the founding fathers of the party” he said.
“Banire represents the new generation politician and any attempt to expel him for defending noble principles of democracy will send the wrong signals to up and coming generation of politicians. While Banire may have fallen foul of Woodrow Wilson’s advice that, “If you want to make enemies, try to change something”, APC leadership should be wary of ignoring Hegel’s warning that history always repeats itself and Karl Marx’s rejoinder that the first repetition of history is a tragedy and the second, a farce.”He exclaimed.
Ishaq Akintola, also proclaimed that “It is natural for innocent onlookers who are watching the unfolding scenario to start feeling unsafe. Corruption drove Nigeria to the pitiable economic condition in which it found itself today and the PDP should be blamed for the country’s present woes. The present administration’s headlong attack on corrupt elements in the country gave hope to the masses but crisis in APC is beginning to becloud this sense of security more so since the war against corruption is far from being over as new challenges rear their ugly heads on a daily basis”.
“By calling for adherence to democratic principles as entrenched in the party’s constitution and demanding a stop to the imposition of candidates, Banire was merely performing his duty as the party’s legal adviser. The call for expulsion is therefore arbitrary. It should be ignored in the interest of the party and that of the Nigerian people at large.”
MURIC affirmed that, they are not interested in any political party. And their concern springs from genuine fear for a return to unbridled kleptomania, reckless spending and free descent into corruption without tears in Nigeria.
“MURIC’s advocacy is party-blind, ethnically neutral and religiously liberal. They are middle-roaders and social jihadists seeking food for hungry Nigerians, healing for the sick, clothing apparels for the naked and shelter for the homeless,” he explained.