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Lagos 2023: MURIC faults Sanwo-Olu’s endorsement for second term

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MURIC Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola

A Muslim rights advocacy group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has opposed the endorsement of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for a second term. The group hinged its objection on the fact that Christians have had their two terms and it is the turn of Muslims to produce a governor by 2023.

MURIC’s position was enunciated in a statement circulated among the media on Monday, 25th April, 2022. The statement was signed by the director of the organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola.

The statement reads:

“Leaders of the ruling party in Lagos, the All Progressives Congress, last week endorsed the incumbent governor of the state, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for a second term in office for the 2023 gubernatorial election. Unfortunately this endorsement violated a long standing albeit unwritten rule on rotational governance between Christians and Muslims in Lagos State.

“It is on record that ex-Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, a Christian, spent four years in office and another Christian, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was brought in ostensibly to complete the Christians’ two terms which expires by May 2023 when a Muslim, ceteris paribus, is expected to take over the reins of office.

“That is why Muslims in Lagos State regard the recent endorsement given to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to run for the Christians’ third term as unfair, unjust and provocative. It may not be known in official circles but Lagos Muslims are grumbling and we have been under pressure for some time now to speak up. It is a dangerous dimension capable of eliciting protest bulk vote against the ruling party unless the issue is ironed out at a roundtable between leaders of the party, the Lagos State Government (LASG) and Lagos Muslims.

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“For the avoidance of doubts, MURIC has no intention of hijacking control of the Muslim community in the state. We always recognize established leadership structures wherever they exist and Lagos Muslims have that structure.

“The Muslim Community of Lagos State which is under the able leadership of Professor Tajudeen Gbadamosi is the appropriate body to meet for the purpose of negotiating with Lagos Muslims. All Islamic organisations in Lagos State are under this body. The onus is therefore on LASG and leaders of the ruling party to reach out to the Muslim Community of Lagos State.

“MURIC rejects exclusivism in matters of governance. Lagos Muslims are tax payers and key stakeholders in issues affecting the welfare of Lagos citizens. We must therefore be consulted on matters of governance.

“We refuse to be blindfolded on the way to the polling booth. Neither shall we be satisfied just as voters, we must also be voted for. That is the essence of democracy. It must be participatory. The choice of candidates and leadership must not be lopsided in a democracy. Every segment of society must be consulted.

“We therefore fault the process that led to the emergence of the incumbent governor as the flagbearer of the ruling party in the coming gubernatorial election. 2023 belongs to Muslims in Lagos State. Any deviation from this must be properly negotiated.

“For instance, if the Christians are going to enjoy the luxury of a third term by giving Sanwo-Olu the mandate to run for a second term, an agreement must be reached with Lagos Muslims guaranteeing twelve years of Muslim rule after Governor Sanwo-Olu. Anything short of this is tantamount to an attempt to shortchange Muslims in the state.

“We must sit down and discuss this if the ruling party has any respect for Muslim voters in the state. We must recognise democracy as not only a game of numbers, but also as a game of negotiations particularly in a multi-cultural and multi-party state. We must remember that the peace and harmony being enjoyed in Lagos State today is a result of the pursuance of justice and equity. Nothing should be done to jeopardise this peaceful atmosphere.

“The narratives have changed. Muslim leaders are no longer satisfied with crumbs from the table. Giving the Imams rams during festivals and sponsoring Muslims on hajj (pilgrimage to Makkah) are deliberate means of enslavement and marginalization. Lagos Muslims are now fully aware of the gimmicks.

“Those periodic and ephemeral palliatives are tools of divide et impera. They are mere window-dressings designed to shield Muslims away from participating in government, from tangible employment for Muslim graduates and from real economic empowerment. We refuse to be fools satisfied. We will rather be enlightened citizens dissatisfied. It is our common patrimony. Don’t rob Peter to pay Paul.”

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IPOB blame Nigerian Army for killings in Enugu, Rivers

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THE Indigenous People of Biafra,IPOB,  yesterday, accused the  82 Division Enugu and 6 Division Port Harcourt of the Nigerian Army of being  responsible for the killings by terrorist herdsmen in Enugu State.

IPoB also alleged that the two commanders of  the Army Divisions were assigned to the Nigerian Army’s 82 Division Enugu and Port Harcourt for  two  sinister  objectives.  “They were sent to spread Fulani and Boko Haram terror in the South East and South-South and to prepare the  ground  for the Fulani  cabal  to rig  the forthcoming  election”

A statement by IPoB’s Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, alleged that “The 82 Division Enugu and 6 Division Port Harcourt and their Commanders are responsible for Fulani/Boko Haram murderous attacks in Enugu and Rivers States respectively, adding that the mass killings in the two states will not stop until they are removed.

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IPoB’s statement read: “We, the global movement of the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPoB, under the leadership of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, wish to inform the general public particularly, Biafrans as well as the international community that the 82 Division Enugu and 6 Division Port Harcourt and their Commanders are the people behind the deployment of Fulani terrorist herdsmen who have escalated the recent killings and kidnappings that are going on in the two states of Enugu and Rivers States.

“The two Commanders were instructed to ensure Fulani herdsmen take over of South East and Rivers State. They were assigned to the Nigerian Army’s 82 Division Enugu and 6 Division Port Harcourt Rivers States for two sinister objectives: firstly to spread Fulani and Boko Haram terror in Biafraland and secondly, to prepare the ground for the Fulani cabal to use them and the Army in rigging the forthcoming Nigerian selection process called an election.”

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Anarchy Reigns In Osun: 500 APC Members Attacked; Campaign Vehicles, Billboards Destroyed; Party Cries Out To IGP

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Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman
Barely 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), took over power in Osun State, anarchy appears to have taken the centre stage.
This is why the Osun State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman to urgently intervene in the ugly security situation in the State.
The party alleged that over 500 of its members have been attacked in the last 24 hours and a number of properties had been destroyed including  APC campaign vehicles, billboards particularly in Osogbo, the state capital.
In a statement by its Acting State Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, the Osun APC said the return PDP into governance in Osun has marked the continuation of brigandage and political siege of yesteryear.
The statement reads in part: ‘’we knew since yesterday that the beasts of yesteryear have returned to power, but we never imagined the extent of the havoc they are currently wrecking in Osun in less than 24 hours after the inauguration. Today Monday can be best described as a black day for our dear State.
‘’We are seriously disturbed and concerned about public peace and order particularly the safety of our teeming members and supporters in Osun which has been under serious security threats since yesterday after the inauguration of Senator Ademola Adeleke as the Governor of Osun State.
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‘’As at the last count this morning, more than 500 APC members have been attacked while a vehicle with APC campaign inscription was burnt in Ayetoro area of Osogbo. As at the time of issuing this statement, some of our party members have sustained various degrees of injuries and gun wound at Old Garage, Ogo – Oluwa in Osogbo, and the ongoing senseless attack has already spilled to Ile Ife, Ilesa, Iwo, Ede, Ila and Ikirun.
‘’It is regrettable to see how political thugs are openly displaying guns and shooting sporadically across the state, and sadly, some men of the Nigeria Police Force are providing shield for the criminals particularly in the attack that happened at Old Garage,  where Anti-Cultist Police unit team provided cover for hoodlums to attack innocent people in the area.
‘’It will be recalled that last week, we raised a concern about the subject matter that PDP have concluded plans to destroy our party campaign facilities and attack our members. Today, we are vindicated  because  the attacks were carried out in a pattern and manner we have noticed and reported to the police.
‘’We are not surprised because the hallmark of PDP and new Governor is violence and brigandage but it is very unfortunate that the era of locust is returning to Osun 12 years after,” the APC chairman said.
The party however called on the Inspector General of Police, the State Commissioner of Police and other security agencies to arrest the situation before it degenerates to full blown war saying Osun has been known for peace in the last four years under the administration of Adegboyega Oyetola
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Tension in Osun as Pro-PDP Road Transport Unionists Move to Take Over Motor Parks

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Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman

There is tension in many parts of Osun as motor park union leaders who are supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party have made moves to take over the affairs of the various motor parks.

NPO Reports gathered that in Osogbo, the state capital, moves by pro-PDP unionists were resisted by those loyal to the outgone Governor, Gboyega Oyetola at the New Garrage area leading to the death of an unidentified man.

The All Progressive Congress, in a statement released by its acting Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkhali Baba, to step in to avert further bloodshed.

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“Barely 24 hours after the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, took over power in Osun State, anarchy appears to have taken the centre stage.

“This is why the Osun State chapter of All Progressive Congress (APC) has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Akali Baba Usman to urgently intervene in the ugly security situation in the State.

“The party alleged that over 500 of its members have been attacked in the last 24 hours and a number of properties had been destroyed including APC campaign vehicles, billboards particularly in Osogbo, the state capital,” Lawal stated

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