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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Friday, March 22, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to consider appointing Islamic faithful from the south west as ministers.
MURIC said it wants Muslims from the south western part of Nigeria to be given a fair place in the coming cabinet of the president.
In a statement made available to Legit.ng by Professor Ishaq Akintola, its director, the group argued that despite the fact that Muslims are in the majority in the south west, they have always been shortchanged politically.
“We received the worst treatment under former President Goodluck Jonathan. He appointed six ministers from the sub-region but, to our dismay, all of them were Christians. We complained severally about this gross injustice but he ignored us for three good years (2011 to 2014).
“A delegation of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) led by the sultan of Sokoto met him in Aso Rock and presented this lopsidedness among other grudges. This was on Wednesday 26th March, 2014. To our surprise, Jonathan retorted by asking us why the northern states have not been sponsoring Christians in the north on pilgrimage.
“That was the kind of leader Jonathan was. We complained to him about the marginalisation of a Muslim majority in the south west and he challenged us with the issue of Christian minorities in the north.
“That was how he exposed himself as a president whose interest lay in waging a crusade against Muslims. He reluctantly appointed two Muslims some months later. Wailers accusing President Buhari of lopsided appointments may take this as food for thought.
“MURIC is neither being selfish nor sentimental. Natural justice demands equitable representation if we are all part of the Nigerian project. By the time newly elected governors are sworn in on May 29, 2019, the south west will be having five Christian governors and only one Muslim governor. This leaves Muslims at a disadvantage in a sub-region where they are the majority.
“Unfortunately the situation was not redressed by the current administration. Of the six ministers appointed by Buhari, from the south west, only two (Babatunde Raji Fashola and Adebayo Shittu) are Muslims. The remaining four are Christians.
MURIC added further: “We are therefore demanding Muslim ministers in all the states where the governors are Christians (Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti). This request should be considered against the backdrop of the gross marginalisation which Yoruba Muslims have faced in the past.