The letter below was dispatched to INEC Lagos and Ogun offices today. It is our hope that the officials, Dr. A. L. Ogunmola (Lagos) and Elder Martins Okunfolami (Ogun) will do their duties.
We bring to your attention the possible breakdown of law and order in Lagos and Ogun States due to the repressive attitude of registration officials in these two states.
Muslim women who wear hijab and Muslim males who wear ordinary caps are being denied registration. This is capable of discouraging Muslims from participating in the voters registration exercise. It is also tantamount to mass disenfranchisement of Muslims and a criminal denial of the Allah-given and fundamental human rights of tax-paying and law abiding citizens.
We have persuaded Muslims to avoid violent reaction. We have issued appeals to INEC on radio, television and newspapers but the persecution continues. Muslims in the North are not being treated this way. Why the double standard?
MURIC is compiling data on persecution spots. A public pronouncement on this issue is necessary to educate your officials as well as the general public. We will lay the blame squarely on the doors of INEC Lagos and Ogun should there be any disturbance of public peace.
Please treat as an emergency.
Dr. Is-haq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
Is-haq Akintola (Ph.D),
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC),
Yahoo Group: groups.yahoo.com/group/muslimrights
Be just Justice is the soul of peace
No one can deny one and have the other
Neither can violence or naked force bring lasting peace