Soldiers accused of refusing to fight in the country's northeastern islamic uprising appear before a court martial in Abuja, Nigeria, Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014. A court-martial Thursday began hearing charges against 97 soldiers, including 16 officers, accused of mutiny, assault, cowardice and refusing to fight in the country's northeastern Islamic uprising. Thursday's mass trial comes two weeks after 12 soldiers were sentenced to death by firing squad for mutiny and attempted murder of their commanding officer. (AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga)

Maolud: Buhari Urged to Pardon the 54 Soldiers   

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In the spirit of the Compassion Day, which the Prophet’s birthday signifies, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to grant presidential pardon to the 54 soldiers who were imprisoned for refusing to fight Boko Haram insurgents with poor weapons.

MURIC in a statement signed by the Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, reminded President Buhari of the plight of the 54 soldiers who actually exposed the $2.1 billion arms fraud. “They are whistle-blowers, not criminals.”

“Paradoxically, while other whistle-blowers are being rewarded, the 54 soldiers are languishing in jail. This casts a shadow on our war against corruption. It is very disheartening.

 “We call on civil society, particularly anti-corruption crusaders to speak out for the 54 soldiers. We also appeal to state governors and chief judges to use the occasion to visit prisons in their states with a view to setting free a large number of inmates particularly those awaiting trial,” the organisation further stated.

The Federal Government declared Friday December 1st 2017 as a holiday to mark the birthday of Prophet Muhammad.

MURIC further felicitated with the Sultan of Sokoto and President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar on the auspicious occasion.

“We also congratulate the Nigerian Muslim Ummah and the entire Nigerian citizenry for witnessing another birthday of the greatest man that ever lived.

“The celebration of the Prophet’s birthday is therefore the recognition of Compassion. It is the day of mercy, a day that deserves being declared as Compassion Day by world organisations like the United Nations,” the statement emphasised.



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