An Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has accused the Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, of selling the State to Christians.
The organisation alleged that appointments made by the governor into the State’s commissions and boards on Thursday, 23rd July, 2020 were heavily tilted towards Christians.
MURIC made the claim in a statement made available DAILY POST on Thursday, signed by the Director of the human rights association, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
The statement reads, “The recent appointments into commissions and boards in Ogun State leave a sour taste in the mouth. The state governor, Dapo Abiodun, simply took Muslims living under him to the cleaners. An analysis of the appointments confirms our worst fears about most Christian rulers in the South West. They are there to persecute Muslims, give total political and economic power to Christians and impoverish the Muslims.
“How else can we describe Dapo Abiodun’s appointments of Thursday 23rd July, 2020? How can Dapo Abiodun explain an all-Christian membership of the state’s Civil Service Commission, Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) and the Agro Services Corporation? The governor has simply renamed those commissions Christian Services Commission although he is yet to officially announce it.
“He gave Muslims 40% of the membership of the state’s Housing Corporation, 33.3% in the Health Management Board and 40% in the Bulk Purchasing Board. It is only in the Local Government Commission that Muslims have 60%. In all, Muslims have eleven (11) out of a total of forty-three (43) appointments.
“Further analysis and deeper screening islamic group reveals the governor’s real agenda of selling the state to Christians. He plans to use the 100% Christian membership of the Civil Service Commission to ensure that all future employment into the civil service is for Christian applicants only.
“Also, no single Islamic group was appointed into the Teaching Service (TESCOM) for two main reasons. Firstly, in order to employ Christians only as teachers into Ogun State public schools. Secondly, to perpetuate the age-long persecution of Muslim students and bring them under undue influence of Christian teachers cum evangelists. This will facilitate the ‘forceful’ conversion of Muslim students to Christianity. It is equally noteworthy that both Special Advisers to the Governor on Primary/Secondary Education and Tertiary Education are Christians and ISLAMIC GROUP .
“Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has been grossly unfair to Muslims under him. He is not a just ruler. Good governance is not in his vocabulary. He has robbed Muslims of the state of the dividends of democracy. This is in a state where Muslims are the majority.
“This is the mentality of the average Yoruba Christian in power yet we claim there is religious tolerance in Yorubaland. From Ekiti to Ondo, Oyo and now Ogun, their mentality is the same. The average Yoruba Christian ruler has only one dogma, namely, ‘Edge out the Muslims! They don’t exist!’ Only Lagos has given recognition to Muslims under the current Christian governor, Babajide Sanwo-olu.
“Oduduwa Republic will be hell on earth for Yoruba Muslims if it ever materializes. Even without the phantom Oduduwa Republic, Muslims are being tossed around, persecuted, oppressed and marginalized. They scatter us like wild oats. Afenifere sees nothing wrong with the denial of Allah-given fundamental human rights of Muslims in Oduduwaland.
“The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) is enjoying every bit of it though it shouts to high heaven about persecution of Christians at the national level. We wonder what happened to the principle of he who comes to equity coming with clean hands. Ideologues of ‘No religious intolerance in Yorubaland’ look the other way. Who will stand up for Yoruba Muslims?