The Director of Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) Prof. Ishaq Akintola has denied having a link Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP) or any other terrorist group within or outside Nigeria.
MURIC said that the allegation is a wicked concoction from the pit of Jahannam, adding that it has never had any contact with ISWAP or any other terrorist group, saying that the organisation have enough on its hands within the country.
He questioned how a former intelligence chief from far away Mali should show interest in MURIC.
These waer contained in a statement issued in Lagos, in which Prof. Akintola also said that MURIC is a disciplined organisation and would therefore never be affiliated with any terrorist group.
The statement states; “Our attention has been drawn to a rumour that MURIC received 200,000 dollars from Islamic State for West Africa Province (ISWAP). We remain committed to the unity and indivisibility of Nigeria.
The MURIC director said that the allegation is illogical, saying that his group has always condemned every act of terror whether it happened within or outside the country.
Prof Akintola said; “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.
“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”.
He therefore appealed to the Federal Government to investigate the source of the information, adding that MURIC has never been involved in any international activity, adding that the organisation deliberately restricted itself to the Nigerian environment in order to avoid complications.