MURIC, the Muslim Rights Concern, has urged Muslims in Kwara State and the general public to refrain from drawing conclusions based on a viral video showing students of an Arabic school being badly abused.
According to the DAILY POST, video footage from the event went viral, showing kids being disciplined 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.
“The fact that the parents asked the school to reprimand their children should not be overlooked,” he says.
“While we believe the penalty meted out to the pupils was excessive, we believe that the school authorities’ actions should not be judged in isolation.” The fact that the parents requested that their children be disciplined by the school should not be overlooked.
“MURIC also has another film in which the students confessed to participating in disgraceful and unIslamic activities such as going to a club, consuming alcohol, swimming in alcohol, and so on. These are heinous deeds in which ordinary Muslims should not participate.
“Arabic schools are the vault of uprightness and the repository of morals.” They are the Ummah’s conscience. When the actors are kids from an Arabic school who are intended to be the ideal of morality and religiousity, the offense committed by those students becomes much more terrible.
“Nigerians must brace themselves and comprehend where the Kwara Arabic school’s authorities are coming from. The kids who were beaten were the school’s bad apples, and if they hadn’t been taught that terrible lesson, they would have tainted others by taking them to the club.
“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.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Sa’adatu Modibbo Kawu, in a statement in Ilorin on Sunday, said the head of the Arabic school, who admitted to directing the punishment, has been asked to step aside pending the conclusion of investigation into the matter by the government.