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‘Amotekun has biblical origin’ — MURIC demands rebranding of security outfit

‘Amotekun has biblical origin’ — MURIC demands rebranding of security outfit
January 27
18:38 2020

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has asked governors of the south-west to rebrand Amotekun.

The Western Nigeria Security Network is code-named Amotekun, Yoruba word for leopard.

In a statement on Monday, Ishaq Akintola, MURIC’s director, said Amotekun has its origin in the Bible, and it would not be possible for Muslims to be a part of it. 

“Jeremiah 5:6 says, ‘A leopard shall guard over their city’. Amotekun is mentioned in this verse with particular reference to guarding a city. Now, we have a sub-region where Muslims have been under persecution for ages coming up with a security outfit under the name of the same leopard mentioned in the bible as a guard over the city,” he said. 


“This is not a coincidence. The handlers of Amotekun picked the name deliberately from the bible in order to score a spiritual point. It is very critical. It calls for serious concern. So why give a security unit a religious name?

“We advise the planners of the new security outfit to give it another name in the interest of peace and harmony in the sub-region. This is necessary if they want to carry all stakeholders along. Amotekun as a name is already controversial. We do not need a Christian security unit. Neither do we need a Muslim security outfit. The security agency in the South West must not only be neutral, it must also be seen to be neutral.

“We affirm that Muslims form the majority in the population of the south-west. They are therefore critical stakeholders and the unity of the Yoruba cannot become fait accompli without involving the Muslims in the sub-region. Muslims must be carried along in any security network in the zone. We are interested in security. We are security conscious.


“We will therefore join a South West security initiative if it is not tainted with Christian landmarks. We will have confidence in a security outfit that involves Muslim leaders, not one that parades pastors, bishops and archbishops alone.

“It must also be noted that a security group that starts with subtle threats to our brethren in faith in another part of the country cannot be safe for Muslims in Yorubaland. There is no racism or tribalism in Islam (Qur’an 49:13). It is a global brotherhood. Yoruba Muslims love Yorubaland. They also love Nigeria. But they owe their Creator, Allah, an unflinching and undiluted love towards their brothers and sisters in Islam no matter their race, tribe or colour.” 

Akintola had earlier had accused governors of the south-west of recruiting only Christians into Amotekun which he had described as a militia.



  1. Izuchukwu Temilade Nwagbara
    Izuchukwu Temilade Nwagbara January 27, 19:30

    This position by MURIC is very dumb and it shows how petty and trivial they can go to subvert societal progress on the altar of religious shenanigans. It’s so sad

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  2. Lukman
    Lukman January 27, 21:46

    This man is ‘sick’

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  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 27, 22:25

    How about “Allah” in “miyetti Allah”, how about “Sharia law” in Zamfara where Christians also reside. Are you the land owner of the West? Are you the one to tell people how they want their land to be governed? Are you a tyrant? Only criminals should be afraid of Amotekun

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    • Oak
      Oak January 28, 07:21

      I guess only Muslims reside in Kano where ‘Hisbah’ is used. Religious leaders as this are the real bane to Nigeria’s progress. They see everything through religious lenses.

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  4. Akios
    Akios January 28, 08:11

    they don start again

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  5. Samroyal
    Samroyal January 28, 14:25

    It is time to arrest this Akinola man, the eccentric professor of whatever and get his head examined.He is trying to induce radicals to violence.

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  6. David Murdoch
    David Murdoch May 18, 04:38

    Everyone, whether Christian or not, knows what the Bible is. It is essentially the holy scripture of the Christian religion, which contains sacred texts that document the history of the earth, from its creation to the spread of Christianity in the first century A.D. For some Christians, the Bible is the daily bread. Reading it nourishes both the mind and the heart, and it helps people grow spiritually.

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  7. JJ
    JJ October 20, 10:29

    It is unfortunate for Nigeria to have people like this to hold leadership position, be it in the religious circle or in any other field. What has leopard got to do with security of the South West, what has leopard got to do with religion.

    It is people like Ishaq Akintola that are going about sowing seed of hatred and division among Nigerians. Did Ishaq Akintola decided his religion of Islam when coming to this world?
    Enough of all this nonsence. Let Nigeria move forward.

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