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Muslim Group Blast Army For Recruiting More Christians

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has complained about what it termed the lopsided recruitments, recently made into the Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Kaduna.

Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of the organisation in a statement on Monday claimed that the figures listed, especially for states with Muslim majority population, revealed surprising imbalance in the recruitments, as contained in the list of successful candidates in the 65th Regular intake.

He said the list showed that more Christians were picked in Muslim majority states in the North, citing examples including where only 5 Muslims were picked in Borno state as against eight Christians, only four Muslims picked in Gombe as against 10 Christians, while solely 3 Muslims were picked in Kaduna State as against eleven Christians.

“MURIC considers these figures as lopsided, provocative and discriminatory. The exercise appears to have been heavily tainted with religious bias calculated to edge out Nigerian Muslims from military formations in the country.

“It offers undue military advantage to Christians thereby endangering the lives and properties of Muslims nationwide. We frown on recruitment exercises which fail to acknowledge the diversity of the Nigerian people.

“NDA is an elitist military institution whose graduates control the military. It will be dangerous for us as a country if such an institution systematically produces a core of officers whose religious belief tilts towards any particular religion,” MURIC said

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