The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) have stirred the reactions of Nigerians on Social media, after it asked President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Muslim ministers from five south-west states in his ” next level” cabinet.
This was made known in a statement by Ishaq Akintola, MURIC’s director, because “despite the fact that Muslims are in the majority in the region, they have always been “shortchanged politically… “Muslim ministers in all the states where the governors are Christians (Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti)”, should be appointed.
See statement below
“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 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 marginalization 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, only two (Babatunde Raji Fashola and Adebayo Shittu) are Muslims. The remaining four are Christians. The only difference is that Buhari was not pressurized by the Muslims before he gave them two ministers. Neither were all his ministers from the area Christians like Jonathan did. Buhari gave the Muslims two slots and gave Christians four. Jonathan gave the Christians six and left the Muslims to whistle for their dinner.
“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.
“As we take a break, we appeal to the presidency to consider the need to urgently address the injustice done to Muslims in the South West where they are the majority. They have always been politically marginalized despite having qualified personnel. Unfortunately Buhari’s regime has also inadvertently shortchanged them. In the name of justice, fairness and equity, therefore, we demand Muslim ministers in the five South West states where the governors will be Christians come May 29, 2019.”
See reactions what Nigerians on Twitter are saying
We’ve misplaced priorities all in the name of religion and ethnicity, let Baba Buhari appoint traditionalist or atheist has his minister in as much he will perform excellently as expected.
Faruk Jaji wrote:
Ehehn, Muric is a Joke Walahi. Appointment now should be made on basis of religion not competency anymore. Five christian governors should equal five muslim ministers. Who cares if all the ministers are christians or muslims. Let this country move forward. Period.
But l know if it is the way Muric is boldly talking in Nigeria. If it is Christians talking like that, would have been called to be arrested that he want to divide Nigeria, like everyone have been withnessin.
— Ayo (@MAMA_RICHIE) March 22, 2019
President Buhari should appoint Muslim ministers from five south-west states? MURIC leader is high on cheap drugs🤦🏽♀️
— 🧜🏽♀️Water Empress 👑 (@Horlarhwumii) March 22, 2019