The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has on Monday, reaffirmed its preference for a presidential candidate to come from the Yoruba Muslim speaking tribes.
MURIC explained that, no Yoruba Muslim has ever occupied Aso Rock either as a president or vice president since indepence in 1960, just as three Yoruba Christians have previously enjoyed the position.
Professor Ishaq Akintola.Director, MURIC stated in a statement on Monday, that, it would be right to zone presidential ticket to a Yoruba Muslim comes 2023 general elections
According to him, “we see the need for us to reiterate our position on the need for a Yoruba Muslim presidential candidate from the South West.”
MURIC who said, it has made several demands for Yoruba Muslim president further stated that
“Our first statement on the matter was issued on 23rd February, 2021 and it was captioned ‘Why Has No Yoruba Muslim Ever Occupied Aso Rock?’
“The second statement on it was on 11th May, 2021 under the title ‘On Yoruba Muslim Presidential Candidate We Stand: MURIC Tells Obasanjo. That statement was made when feelers emerged that ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was trying to draft the current president of the African Development Bank (ADB), Akinwunmi Adesina, to the contest for the highest position in the country.
“The third occasion was on 7th June, 2021 when we noticed that mischief makers were trying to use our position on the matter to create religious acrimony. They deliberately misquoted us and claimed that MURIC had rejected Christian candidates whereas that was not true. It is still not true. That clarification was made under the title ‘MURIC Clarifies Statement on Yoruba Muslim President’. he said
MURIC said, it find it necessary to reaffirmed it’s position today because presidential candidates are now warming up while the political parties are mapping out their strategies for 2023.
He said the circumstances which led to those statements are as valid today as they were in February 2021 when we issued the first statement. No Yoruba Muslim has emerged as president since independence. Mathew Olusegun Obasanjo has been president twice; once as a military head of state (1976 – 79) and as a civilian president (1999 -2007). Earnest Shonekan was an interim head of state (August 1993 – November 1993), adding that, today Nigerians still have a Yoruba Vice President who is also a Christian (Professor Yemi Osinbajo).
“In the same vein, it has been persecution and stigmatisation galore for Yoruba Muslims since independence. They are denied almost all civil liberties.
Admission seekers who are Muslims are denied attractive courses in tertiary institutions.” The statement further said
“To make matters worse, Yoruba Muslim women who use hijab are deprived of the dividends of democracy in several ways. Many cannot get international passports, driving licences and voters registration cards because they are asked to remove their hijab for capturing. School authorities take the cue by humiliating hijab-wearing female Muslim students and the courts in the South West are littered with litigations on this ignoble stereotyping.
“MURIC’s office has been inundated with complaints of profiling of Muslims and flagrant infringements of their Allah-given fundamental human rights. Yoruba Muslims are denied rights which are clearly written in the constitution and which their fellow Muslims enjoy in Northern Nigeria. What government officials and workers dare not try with Muslims in the North are perpetrated in the South West with shocking impunity. We therefore assert clearly, unequivocally and authoritatively that Yoruba Muslims are endangered species.
“It is our belief that Yoruba Muslims need federal might to eliminate or at least scale down the tornado of oppression and the Tsunami of anti-Muslim sentiment that pervades the South West. Only a Yoruba Muslim president who knows what has been happening can do this effectively. Who feels it knows it.” The statement further explained