Following a mob action by members of the Kwankwasiyya Movement against Nigeria’s Minister of Communications, Dr. Ali Isa Pantami, on Monday, 23rd September, 2019 at the Mallam Aminu Kano International Airport, Kano, a social media platform had averred that Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, leader of the movement had visited the minister and apologized. But a reliable source close to the minister Wednesday denied that such a visit did not occur.
In a followup statement issued on Wednesday, 2nd October 2019, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) chided the social media source for misleading the public. MURIC also demanded an unreserved apology from Senator Kwankwaso in the spirit of sportsmanship. Professor Ishaq Akintola, Director of the organization, signed the statement.
“The least that is expected of Senator Kwankwaso is to apologise to Dr Isa Ali Pantami for the unruly behaviour of his followers. This is what Nigerians expect of him as a distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Only an unreserved apology can prove to Nigerians that he is an honourable politician and not a promoter of political violence.
“Those who operate in the hallowed red chamber must serve as good examples for the citizens, particularly the youth and under no circumstances must they be found promoting a culture of political violence. It is also the only way new blood, particularly new female politicians can be attracted into politics because political violence has been one of the major cassu belli which kept brilliant young men and women away from politics.
“Besides, MURIC is concerned because the two dramatis personae involved in this incident are Muslims. We, therefore, remind Senator Kwankwaso to see himself as a Muslim politician and, consequently, follow a good example of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) particularly his style of leadership in Madinah.”