Appoint Muslims from south west as ministers, MURIC tells Buhari

MURIC Ishaq Akintola

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has told President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint Muslims from South West states as ministers.

In a statement on Friday by its director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the group said the idea was based on alleged marginalisation of Muslims in the South West for ministerial appointments.

MURIC tasked the president in appointing Muslims as ministers in South West states where the governors/governors-elect are Christians.

They accused former President Goodluck Jonathan of appointing only two Muslims from the region as ministers.

“We are therefore demanding Muslim ministers in all the states where the governors are Christians (Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti). This request should be considered against the backdrop of the gross marginalisation which Yoruba Muslims have faced in the past.

“As we take a break, we appeal to the presidency to consider the need to urgently address the injustice done to Muslims in the South West where they are the majority. They have always been politically marginalised despite having qualified personnel.

“Unfortunately Buhari’s regime has also inadvertently shortchanged them. In the name of justice, fairness and equity, therefore, we demand Muslim ministers in the five South West states where the governors will be Christians come May 29, 2019,” MURIC said.