This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Sunday, April 23, 2017
FAYOSE’S BULLDOZERS SURROUND EKITI MOSQUES
FAYOSE’S BULLDOZERS SURROUND EKITI
In spite of the truce
reached at a parley between Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State and Muslim
leaders from the South West three weeks ago, members of the Muslim Rights
Concern (MURIC) in Ekiti State have sighted the governor’s bulldozers strategically
stationed near the mosques under threat in Ado Ekiti yesterday, Saturday 22nd
This move is not
only irrational but also highly provocative. Governor Fayose is deliberately
provoking Muslims in Ekiti State and, by inference, in Yorubaland and the
country as a whole for his own personal agenda. For reasons best known to him, Fayose
wants to set Nigeria on fire. He knows that his action is capable of causing a
breach of the peace yet he appears determined to go ahead.We
warn that nobody should blame Muslims for any breakdown of law and order if
those mosques are demolished.
We are bewildered that the chief security officer of a
state can be hell-bent on stoking religious riot in a country heavily beleaguered
with religious conflicts. Fayose’s belligerence and open display of hostility
towards his Muslim citizens belies the perceived atmosphere of peaceful
coexistence between Christians and Muslims in South Western Nigeria.
Many people, including foreigners in the country, are under
the impression that religious intolerance exists only in the northern part of
the country. Nay, the truth of the matter is that Muslims in the region have
been patiently bearing a long-drawn repression and denial of their Allah-given
fundamental human rights.
exhibition of fascism and religious intolerance has just proved that the claim
of peaceful coexistence among Yoruba Christians and Muslims is a myth, a mirage
and a total illusion. There has been peace because the Muslims of the region have
demonstrated extreme forbearance. The Muslims have continued to remain peaceful
even in the face of gross provocations.
We recall that the American Congress invited the former president
of CAN, Ayo Oritsejafor, to address its members on the purported atrocities
committed by Nigerian Muslims. He told the American lawmakers bundles of lies
but, unfortunately, the US Congressmen are yet to grant Nigerian Muslims the
right of response in the name of fair hearing.
The reality on ground is that while a handful of Christians
may be amenable to the idea of religious tolerance, many others like Fayose
have a phobia for Muslims and an allergy for seeing any Islamic monument in
their neighbourhood. Fayose is determined to uproot every single Islamic
landmark on Ekiti soil before his tenure expires in 2018.
MURIC calls the attention of leaders of the Christian
Association of Nigeria (CAN) to Fayose’s aggression against Muslims. We appeal
to Western diplomats in the country to spare a little time to study the religious
landscape in Yorubaland. We charge leaders of the National Assembly, lawmakers from
Ekiti State and all men of goodwill to make Fayose see reason. We invite
notable traditional rulers in Yorubaland, particularly the much revered Ooni of
Ife and the Alaafin of Oyo to intervene in the matter before it gets out of
Finally, we warn that the fragile peace and one-sided religious
‘tolerance’ being enjoyed in the South West may come under severe threat if Fayose
carries out his threat to destroy those mosques.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)