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Stop witch-hunting Amina Zakari, MURIC warns critics

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Mojisola Lawal

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has described as chauvinistic and myopic those antagonising the appointment of Hajia Amina Zakari to the National Collation Centre of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola said in a statement that Nigerians at this stage should be addressing issues and not attacking personalities and not witch-hunting the female nominee.

The statement reads “It is chauvinistic, myopic and symptomatic of pathological paranoia. Wailers appear to be descending to the abyss of undue sentiment. We should be addressing issues at this stage, not personalities. It is petty, insipid and pedestrian. The mere fact that Amina Zakari’s appointment into INEC predated President Muhammadu Buhari’s assumption of office by several years should close this argument. It is a non-issue.

“Also instructive is the fact that a prominent member of the opposition and a vocal critic of the Buhari administration himself admitted that he was the one who recommended Amina Zakari to former President Jonathan for employment in INEC. This admission alone is enough to dismiss all the cock and bull stories.”

MURIC further stated that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is being desperate and trying to rob the womenfolk of opportunity to contributing effectively to nation building.

It said, “The opposition camp is going paranoid. We do not have to be so desperate. Heaven is not going to fall because this woman is attached to the collation centre particularly after her role has been differentiated from that of the chief collating officer.

“Besides, are we not trying to rob the womenfolk of another opportunity to play an effective role in the scheme of things in this country? Women have complained severally that men are taking all the slots. They are asking for more roles in all spheres.

“Merit should be the watchword. Is the woman qualified for the job? That is the question we should be asking and not subjective, suggestive and witch-hunt quarries. Nigeria will not get it right until we drop sentiments and settle for standards.

“This woman was chairman of the Planning, Monitoring and Strategy Committee of INEC from November 2014. She had also chaired the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) of INEC and she was a former National Electoral Commissioner at INEC.

“We are very disappointed hearing self-acclaimed activists and democratic demagogues shouting themselves hoarse in an attempt to force INEC to change its decision. It is unfair, unjust, illegal, unlawful and unconstitutional. Amina Zakari must not be removed. We stand solidly behind INEC on this matter.”

MURIC however charges INEC to remain resolute as it said Amina Zakari is a bona fide Nigerian.

“The worst those who oppose her appointment can do is to go to court. Her right to the dignity of her human person must be upheld in the same way that her right to hold office and to partake in the activities relating to her office and appointment as a bona fide Nigerian must not be abridged for any reason whatsoever. We therefore charge INEC to forge ahead and ignore professional wailers. Finally, we reiterate our full confidence in INEC as composed as an impartial referee capable of organizing a free and fair general election.”

 

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