Mode of Political Appointments Rejected|
By Mary Ekah
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has rejected the lists of minister, commissioners ,chairmen and members of caretaker committees made public by both the Federal and some State governments, saying that government in the South-west ignored the Muslims.
A release jointly signed by the director, Dr. Is-haq Akintola,and public liaison office, Mallam Abdul Yakeem Williams, and made available to THISDAY stated that available data on the recent appointments proved a gross lopsidedness at the expense of Muslims.
The statement stated: "for instance, there is no single Muslim among about 100 nominees from the South made by President Olusegun Obasanjo".
The group said there was only three Muslims among the eleven commissioners appointed by Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State while in Ekiti State, only one person was a Muslim out of 112 chairmen and members of caretaker committees in the 16 local governments of the state.
"We of the Muslim Rights Concern regards the gross bias against south-West Muslims in appointment as a serious violation of the God-given and fundamental human rights of Muslims of that region, open disregard for the dignity of the Muslim person and crime against humanity", the release stated.
It stated further that the attempt of Christian rulers to ensure that state power is restricted only to Christians even in the states where Muslims are in the majority should be viewed with suspicion.
It stated that the lopsided appointments have proved beyond reasonable doubt that the Muslims in the region were neither consulted nor considered in the preparation of the lists.
MURIC therefore called on those in the corridor of powers to resist the temptation of appointing the adherents of their religion to public offices at the expense of the other religious groups.
"We appeal President Obasanjo to redress the injustice done to Muslims from the South in the recent appointments", it stated.