The Islamic human rights organization, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has lauded Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide for the appointment of Shaykh Chief Haroun Ajah, an Igbo Islamic scholar, to the Ohanaeze Committee for Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Nigeria.

According to MURIC, the move is constructive and has the potential to foster friendly relations between Christians and Muslims in Igboland.

This was disclosed to journalists by MURIC’s Executive Director and Founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a press release on Wednesday, February 21, 2024.

The statement read, “The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuayanwu, has appointed Shaykh Dr. Haroun Ajah as a member of the Ohanaeze Committee for Reconciliation and Peacebuilding in Nigeria. The committee was set up by the Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.

“We welcome this development and we commend Ohanaeze Ndigbo for taking this decision. We also hail the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Dr. Emmanuel Iwuayanwu, for taking this bold step. It speaks a lot of the leader’s dynamic and inclusive leadership style.

“With the formation of this committee, Chief Iwuanyanwu has opened a window for dialogue and the pursuance of peaceful negotiations capable of leading to lasting peace in the region and Nigeria in general. We assure Ohanaeze Ndigbo that Muslims in the region will cooperate with the socio-cultural group in its search for durable peace.

“Finally, MURIC congratulates Shaykh Haroun Ajah for this appointment. It is a mark of recognition as an intelligent, forthright and responsible Islamic scholar in his immediate environment.