An Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has said Nigerians stand to gain more following Femi Fani-Kayode’s defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
In a statement issued by MURIC’s Director and founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola, he said “although a tornado of criticism has greeted FFK’s action, MURIC would not join those who looked at the issue from one angle only, but will reflect deep and far to enable it to see the precious treasure hidden behind the hard stones.”
According to the statement, “Fani-Kayode is a man who has brazenly supported secessionists, irredentists and separatists. Nigeria drifted to the precipice of war and destruction as a result of the agitations of the groups supported by him, today, FFK in his new camp is most likely to promote a united Nigeria.”
According to him, Nigeria stands to gain more from FFK’s volte-face.
“In retrospect, we appreciate today what FFK’s father, Chief Remi Ade Fani Kayode did in the 70s and 80s. He jettisoned ethnic politics by extending a hand of fellowship to the North in order to demonstrate his desire for a strong and united Nigeria.
“His son, Chief Femi Fani Kayode, has today replicated the same handshake across the Niger. FFK’s change of heart should be seen from a positive angle, particularly by those who mean well for Nigeria. We must forget that he has abused virtually everybody (including MURIC and its founder) who did not see things the way he did. But he must be saluted for his sportsmanship,” the statement said.
MURIC however praised Buhari for his patience and fatherly dispensation towards his critics.