Islamic rights and activist group, the Muslim Right Concern (MURIC), has blamed the bloodshed and destruction of property being witnessed in the country as an act of fifth columnists, who are out to dent the peaceful protests.
MURIC described the killings, especially the shooting of innocent peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate by men of the Nigerian Military as carnage.
In a statement the Director of MURIC, Ishaq Akintola, signed and made available to journalists on Thursday, the group commended the Nigerian youths for the courage they have shown in coming out to press home their demands.
The group however called for calm to allow leaders sit and deliberate on their requests.
The statement read, “They [Nigerian youth] showed ingenuity in the coordination of the welfare of fellow protesters thereby lending credence to the ‘not too young to rule’ mantra.”
“However, we are saddened by the carnage which attended the protests in the last 48 hours. The level of destruction and its geographical locations convince us that it was not the handiwork of the youths who started the demonstrations.”
“There are also strong indications that the attacks on prisons where hardened criminals were set free was not carried out by our young ones. Neither was it part of their plan. Fifth columnists have infiltrated the rank and file of the protesters. The Lagos scenario is another cup of tea entirely. We are inclined to believe that the only logical explanation for the carnage in Lagos is the involvement of non-indigenes.”
MURIC further said that the attack on TVC, the house of Sanwo-Olu’s Mother, the Oba’s house and the office complex of the Nation Newspaper points to political rivalry.