Connect with us

Politics

Yoruba Muslims Won’t Vote For Any Christian Presidential Candidate In 2023 – MURIC

Published

on

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reiterate its position on the need for a Yoruba Muslim presidential candidate from the South-West.

Yoruba Muslims Won't Vote For Any Christian As Presidential Candidate In 2023 - MURIC

In a statement on Monday by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC decried that no Yoruba Muslim has ever emerged as President or Vice President since independence.

He then called on political parties to present Yoruba Muslims as its candidates for the 2023 election, warning that “any party that picks a Yoruba Christian as its candidate should simply kiss Yoruba Muslim votes goodbye.”

The statement reads, “As public discourse in Nigeria zeroes in on the 2023 presidential election, we see the need for us to reiterate our position on the need for a Yoruba Muslim presidential candidate from the South-West. This we find necessary in view of the proclivity of Nigerians for mass amnesia.

“First, it is imperative that we remind Nigerians that this is not the first time that MURIC is making a case for a Yoruba Muslim president. In fact, it is the fourth time and we have the record.

READ:  Over 30 Reps Calls For President Trump's Impeachment, Two Weeks To End Of His Tenure

“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’.

“We find it necessary to reaffirm our position today because presidential candidates are now warming up while the political parties are mapping out their strategies for 2023. This is the time to send out a reminder to the leadership of all political parties.

READ:  Buhari Reveals Why Emefiele Was Not Sacked As CBN Governor Over His Presidential Ambition

“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). Ernest Shonekan was an interim head of state (August 1993 – November 1993). Today we 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. It is easier for an elephant to pass through a needle’s eye than for a Yoruba Muslim graduate to secure employment. Yoruba Muslims are marginalised in political appointments.

“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 litigation 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.

READ:  Sailors Discover Charm A Nigerian Lady Made To Control Her Husband And Mother-in-law [Photos/Video]

“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.

“For microscopic clarity, however, we assure Nigerians that our desire for a Yoruba Muslim presidential candidate is not for a pound of flesh from Yoruba Christians and their government officials who have been oppressing Muslims in the region for ages. Rather it is for a president who will rescue Yoruba Muslims from the shackles of religious apartheid without denying the Christians their fundamental human rights.

“Again, it is important to state that this is not a categorical statement for the rejection of a Christian presidential candidate in Nigeria. This statement is on the South-West alone. We have no objection to a Christian from any other part of Nigeria emerging as the presidential candidate. What we are saying is that a Muslim should be picked if the 2023 presidential candidature is zoned to the South-West by any political party.

READ:  Newly Elected APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu, Deputy Resigns From Senate

“For the avoidance of doubt, MURIC has no favourite political party in this affair. Any political party that picks a Yoruba Christian as its presidential candidate come 2023 should simply kiss Yoruba Muslim votes goodbye. No political party should tell us that they cannot find competent Yoruba Muslims.

“Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu is a Muslim, a manufacturer of leaders and a mentor of performers. Dr. Muiz Banire is a Muslim. Lagos deputy governor, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, is a Muslim. Fashola, Aregbesola, Oloyede, Senator Fatai Buhari, Dr. Abdul Lateef Abdul Hakeem, etc. are Muslims of Yoruba stock who have distinguished themselves in public office. Stop marginalising Yoruba Muslims. We have the stuff. On Yoruba Muslim presidential candidate we stand.”

KanyiDaily recalls that MURIC had also claimed that it is not yet the turn of a Christian to be the President of Nigeria.

READ:  Pastor Berry Dambaza Commits Suicide By Jumping From 3rd Floor Of A Building [Photos]

Continue Reading
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

LATEST NEWS

Yahoo Boys Yahoo Boys
Metro5 hours ago

Two ‘Yahoo Boys’ Beg Court: Temper Justice With Mercy, It’s Our First Time, We Have No Previous Criminal Records

Justice P. I. Ajoku of the Federal High Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has convicted and sentenced two...

"Good Night, Till We Meet Again" - Actress Bisola Badmus Says As She Loses Her Mother "Good Night, Till We Meet Again" - Actress Bisola Badmus Says As She Loses Her Mother
Entertainment8 hours ago

“Good Night, Till We Meet Again” – Actress Bisola Badmus Says As She Loses Her Mother

Nollywood actress, Bisola Badmus has taken to social media to announce the death of her beloved mother. Sharing a beautiful...

James Brown Shows Off N2million Credit Alert His Potential Lover Sent Him As Birthday Gift James Brown Shows Off N2million Credit Alert His Potential Lover Sent Him As Birthday Gift
Celebrities9 hours ago

James Brown Shows Off N2million Credit Alert His Potential Lover Sent Him As Birthday Gift

Nigerian crossdresser, James Brown has taken to social media to show off the money his potential lover sent him for...

You Rock In So Many Ways - Mabel Makun Celebrates First Daughter At 15 1 You Rock In So Many Ways - Mabel Makun Celebrates First Daughter At 15 2
Celebrities9 hours ago

You Rock In So Many Ways – Mabel Makun Celebrates First Daughter At 15

Mabel Makun, wife to popular comedian and actor, AY Makun has celebrated her first child and daughter, Michelle as she...

Korra Obidi's Ex-husband, Justin Dean Threatens To Sue Her For Releasing A New Book [Video] Korra Obidi's Ex-husband, Justin Dean Threatens To Sue Her For Releasing A New Book [Video]
Entertainment9 hours ago

Korra Obidi’s Ex-husband, Justin Dean Threatens To Sue Her For Releasing A New Book [Video]

Justin Dean, the American ex-husband of Nigerian dancer, Korra Obidi, has threathen to sue her for releasing a new book. The...

BBTitans: "Don't do that" - Jenni O Says As She Gets Into Argument With Fellow Housemate, Mmeli [Video] BBTitans: "Don't do that" - Jenni O Says As She Gets Into Argument With Fellow Housemate, Mmeli [Video]
Entertainment10 hours ago

BBTitans: “Don’t do that” – Jenni O Says As She Gets Into Argument With Fellow Housemate, Mmeli [Video]

Big Brother Titans Housemate, Jenni O has gotten into an heated argument with fellow contestant and partner, Mmeli following a...

"You Will Continue To Be Marginalised Until You Support Me" - Tinubu Tell Igbos [Video] "You Will Continue To Be Marginalised Until You Support Me" - Tinubu Tell Igbos [Video]
Politics12 hours ago

Why Some ‘Elements’ In Aso Rock Are Working Against Tinubu’s Victory – Nasir El-Rufai

Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State has revealed that some persons in Aso Rock villa are working to frustrate the...

Dollar May Crash To N200 If Naira Is Redesign – EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa Dollar May Crash To N200 If Naira Is Redesign – EFCC chairman, Abdulrasheed Bawa
News14 hours ago

Daniel Regha Offers Advice To EFCC On How To Effectively Deal With ‘Yahoo Boys’

Popular Twitter influencer Daniel Regha has offered a piece of advice to the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on...

Nigerian Entrepreneur Nigerian Entrepreneur
Gossip16 hours ago

Nigerian Entrepreneur Reacts After Discovering Person Who Stole His N3.5m, Now Works For Bank Of America

A Nigerian entrepreneur, Edmund Olotu, has disclosed that someone stole the sum of N3.5m from him in 2014, ran out...

BBTitans: I Felt Excluded On The Show- Theo Traw BBTitans: I Felt Excluded On The Show- Theo Traw
Celebrities18 hours ago

BBTitans: I Felt Excluded On The Show – Theo Traw

Big Brother Titans housemate, Theo Traw hints that his personality might have been a reason for his eviction. During an...

close