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'
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
FAYOSE MUST RETURN MUSLIM LAND
27th November, 2018
FAYOSE MUST RETURN MUSLIM LAND
Ahmadiyyah Muslims held a massive
protest in Ado Ekiti penultimate Saturday, 17th November, 2018
against ex-governor Ayodele Fayose. The group, under the leadership of Mr. Bashiru
Alawode, accused the former governor of forcefully acquiring its land to build
a petrol station for his own son.
According to the group, an
Ahmadiyyah mosque was built on the land since the early 40s but they decided to
demolish it recently because it was built with old moulded blocks. The group
maintained that the intention was to put up a modern mosque to replace the old
one but Fayose seized the land in the interregnum and started building a petrol
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
has added its voice to the controversy. The Islamic human rights group
described Fayose’s action as tyrannical, totalitarian and immoral. MURIC
registered its intervention in a press release signed by its director and founder,
Professor Ishaq Akintola on Tuesday, 27th November, 2018.
action is shameful. He is a political misnomer and an unmitigated disaster. He has
proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is an oppressor without borders. How can
a whole sitting governor confiscate a piece of land belonging to the Muslim
community for personal use? This is oppression of the highest order. Fayose is
a selfish demagogue, a political charlatan and a skullduggery primus inter
is a man who pretended that he was a friend of the Ekiti masses. He rode okada
in public. He ate roasted corn by the roadside all in an effort to deceive the
people that he belonged to the hoi polloi. But the wind has blown now and we
have seen the ruff of the hen. Fayose is a shenanigan nulli secundus. Napoleon
Bonaparte was right when he said ‘Men are led by toys’.
“Fayose must return Muslim land. Any
land on which a mosque is built is Allah’s land. Seizing that land was
audacious in the first place and by that action the former governor has only
confirmed that he has no fear of God. This man needs to repent or he will face
“He has also proved his pathological
hatred for Muslims by commandeering their piece of land. We have always said
that Fayose is a Muslim hater. Are we not vindicated now? Why should he seize
mosque land of all the landed properties in Ekiti State? Why Muslim land? The
same Fayose went on a demolition spree of mosques in the state when he was
governor. The same Fayose refused to give Muslims in the state any political
appointment. He was widely known for his extremely lopsided political appointments:
an all-Christian cabinet and all-Christian board members and chairmen. It was
impunity ad infinitum. Fayose has left a pitiable legacy of endogamy.
“Muslims in Ekiti State must realize
that rights are never given on a platter of gold. You struggle for it. Dare to
struggle, dare to win. There is no gain without pain. No people ever overcome their
downpressors without struggle. American blacks went through that experience. South
Africans regained their land through struggle.
travails and eventual victory of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), Martin
Luther King Jnr, Nelson Mandela, Haile Selassie, Thomas Sankara, Patrice
Lumumba, Agostinho Neto, Samora Machel and other icons of civil liberty, black
struggle and African revolution bear eloquent testimonies to this assertion. Ekiti
Muslims must therefore rise as one to give Fayose sleepless nights. The
demonstration which started last week must not stop although it must always be
must visit Fayose’s private residence in Ado Ekiti with placards on a regular
basis particularly on Fridays. They must march on Fayose’s house straight from
the Jum’ah prayer on Fridays. Taunt Fayose with Bandiri drums. Let Alasalatu
women surround his house chanting Islamic ditties (waka). Occupy his street
until he surrenders the land. They must repeat the same thing every Salah day
as they return from Id al-Fitr and Id al-Kabiir prayers. Like Macbeth, Fayose
has murdered sleep. He shall sleep no more. Our people say ‘he who steals a
poor man’s chicken has offended the most garrulous story-teller’”.
MURIC appealed to the current
governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to intervene in the matter.
“The current governor is a gentleman
to the core. We are appealing to him for redress and we hope he will placate
Ekiti Muslims, not only on the matter of Ahmadiyyah land seized by the tyrant
but also on the issue of political appointments”.
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)