The concern for Muslim rights, MURIC, has demanded that Muslims have equal participation in the list of ministers of President Muhammadu Buhari, who will be appointed from the south-west.
This position was announced in a statement made by its founder and director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
MURIC argued that despite the fact that Muslims are the majority in the Southwest, Muslims in the region have always been politically underestimated.
The group said: “We got the worst deal under former president Goodluck Jonathan, he appointed six ministers of the sub-region, but to our dismay they were all Christians, we complained severely about this grave injustice, but he ignored us for three good years (2011 to 2014).
“A delegation from the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs of Nigeria (NSCIA), headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, met him at Aso Rock and presented this awkwardness among other grudges, this was on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. To our surprise , Jonathan replied asking why the northern states have not been sponsoring Christians in the north on a pilgrimage.
“That was the kind of leader that was Jonathan. We complained to him about the marginalization of a Muslim majority in the Southwest and challenged us with the issue of Christian minorities in the North.
“This is how he exposed himself as a president whose interest was in waging a crusade against Muslims. He reluctantly named two Muslims a few months later. The laments that accuse President Buhari of twisted dating can take this as a reason for reflection.
“MURIC is not being selfish or sentimental. Natural justice demands fair representation if we are all part of the Nigerian project. When the newly elected governors swear on May 29, 2019, the southwest will have five Christian governors and a single Muslim governor. This leaves Muslims at a disadvantage in a subregion in which they are the majority.
“Unfortunately the situation was not corrected 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 pressured by Muslims before giving them two ministers. Nor were all his ministers in the area who made Christians like Jonathan. Buhari gave the Muslims two spaces and gave the Christians four. Jonathan gave the Christians six and let the Muslims whistle for their dinner.
“Therefore, we are demanding Muslim ministers in all states where the governors are Christians (Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti) .This request should be considered in the context of the great marginalization that the Yoruba Muslims have faced in the past. .
“When we take a break, we call on the presidency to consider the need to urgently address the injustice committed against Muslims in the Southwest, where they are the majority. They have always been politically marginalized despite having qualified personnel.
“Unfortunately, the Buhari regime has also inadvertently reduced them in the name of justice, equity and fairness, therefore, we demand Muslim ministers in the five southwestern states where the governors will be Christians on May 29. 2019. “