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MURIC Reacts To Viral Video Of Brutalised Students, Says Muslim Students Deserved Punishment

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The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has applauded an Arabic school’s decision to discipline students for alleged wrongdoing.
MURIC urged Muslims in Kwara State and the wider public to avoid making snap judgments..



Remember the viral video that showed pupils from an Arabic school being mercilessly beaten for alleged misbehavior?

Professor Ishaq Akintola, the group’s Director, said in a statement on Monday that the school administrators’ actions should not be assessed in isolation.

According to him, “the fact that the parents requested the school to discipline their children must not be ignored.

“While we regard the punishment meted to the students as too harsh, we maintain that the action of the school authorities should not be judged in isolation. The fact that the parents requested the school to discipline their children must not be ignored.

“MURIC is also in possession of another video in which the students confessed that they engaged in shameful and unIslamic actions, namely, visiting a club, drinking alcohol, bathing themselves with alcohol, etc. These are horrible acts in which ordinary Muslims must not be involved.

“Arabic schools are the repository of morality and the vault of uprightness. They are the conscience of the Ummah. The offence committed by those students becomes more unacceptable when the actors are students of an Arabic school who are expected to be the epitome of morality and religiousity.

“Nigerians must brace up and understand where the authorities of the Kwara Arabic school are coming from? The students who received that beating were the black sheep in the school and they would have polluted others by taking them to the club if they had not been taught that bitter lesson.

“While we do not subscribe to merciless flogging, torture and other severe corporeal punishment, we make bold to say that children must be disciplined.

“We commend the parents of those children who instructed the school authorities to punish their children. Posterity will count them among Nigeria’s puritanists and disciplinarians.

“Those who are condemning the parents and the teachers today are those who will gladly encourage their own children and wards to participate in BBNaija’s shameful sex in public.

“MURIC stands with discipline and high moral values. In the light of the above, we urge Muslims in Kwara State and the general public to allow the Kwara State Government to investigate the incident,” the statement said.

However, in a statement issued in Ilorin on Sunday, the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, said the head of the Arabic school, who conceded to ordering the punishment, has been asked to step aside pending the conclusion of the government’s investigation into the incident.

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