The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) blames the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan for the current war in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine.
This was contained in a statement issued by the MURIC Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Monday. Akintola pointed out that the refusal of Jonathan to recognize Palestine as a state in 2014 is one of the causes of the current strife.
He accused the Ex-President of playing an ignoble role in the Palestinian question. The request to officially recognize Palestine as a state within the 1967 borders with full UN member benefits and state status throughout the international community presented by Jordan on 30th December 2014.
“While justice-seeking countries like Argentina, Chad, Chile, Jordan, China, France, and Russia voted ‘Yes’ to a Palestinian State, Nigeria dashed the hope of Palestine by abstaining.
“Just nine votes were mandatory for Palestine to secure the status it needed and eight had been obtained. Only one more vote was needed but Nigeria reneged on its well-known anti-apartheid stance. It was a shocking, conservative, and reactionary shift from anti-apartheid champion status for which the country was known to a pro-Zionist entity. It was the coup de grace.
The Rights group leader further indicted the ex-President of allowing his religious sentiment to override his reasoning, by according to him shamefully turning his back on its principles of justice, liberty, and humanity, and for outrightly supporting anything that may hurt Muslims and favour Christians. Jonathan cannot wash his hands off that diplomatic misadventure, Akintola added.