On Wednesday, November 9, the United States of America concluded its election for 2016.
The result of the election saw US businessman Donald Trump as the 45th US President-elect.
However, after the announcement of the winner and congratulatory messages from all corner of the globe, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has warned all Nigerian Muslims planning to travel to the US to suspend their trips.
The group said Trump’s victory is a bad sign for all Muslims.
In a statement signed by MURIC director, Ishaq Akintola: “Americanization of virtually everything coupled with his tortuous isolationism and a pathological obsession with Islamophobia.”
Akintola said Trump’s victory has negative implications for Muslims in the US and across the globe.
“The contemptuous treatment of Muslims travelling in or out of America has long been a matter of serious concern to advocates of free movement and Allah-given fundamental human rights.
“Coupled with this is the horrendous policy of rendition whereby Muslims are kidnapped en route other destinations and forcefully taken to the dreaded Guatemala to face America’s notorious water budding and other forms of inhuman treatment.
“The advent of Donald Trump is the last straw that broke the camel’s back. The American President-Elect has divided America along racial and religious lines. He threatened to close mosques. He also swore to give Muslims a special database in order to control terrorism.
The group said: “Trump may be an iconoclast, but the Americans who voted for him were not deaf. They heard him loud and clear.”
Akintola also said that all Trump’s threat, his victory and the Brexit means that Western democracies are jettisoning globalisation for nationalism.
“MURIC respects the wish of Americans to stand by their national interest. We call on Muslims around the world to also respect the wish of the American people to be left alone.
“Nonetheless, we reiterate our avowed rejection of racist and hate speeches. We disown violent groups like Al-Qaida and ISIS who instigate
“Muslims to kill Americans and attack American and Western interests. Qur’an 49:13 is a categorical vote for the universality of mankind and Islam is a religion for all nations. Therefore no nation should be set aside for hatred.
He also urged Muslims around the world not to nurse any malice or grudge against the Americans over Trump’s victory.
Akintola said only a few Americans are in support of trump’s ‘weird’ polices.
“He won the election via the Electoral College but received fewer votes than Hillary Clinton. The victory of Trump reveals the paradoxical underbelly of the world’s greatest democracy. American minority has had its way,” Akintola said.
Akintola said any Nigerian Muslim who ignores this advice is on his own.
“We also advise immigrant Muslims residing in the United States to return to their countries or be prepared for harsh treatments including increased Islamophobic attacks. Americans must be allowed to fix their own country,” he said.