Marginalisation in critical boards' appointments: Don't discontenance complaint of Muslims -Group to Gov Abiodun - SALIENT TIMES ONLINE

Marginalisation in critical boards' appointments: Don't discontenance complaint of Muslims -Group to Gov Abiodun

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By Aremu Sosanya

The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigera, MMWGN has implored Gov Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State not to discontenance the complaint of Muslims over the membership of boards of commissions and parastatals recently constituted by him and said to be lopsided in favour of a particular faith.

The group in a press release signed by its Ogun State Coordinator, Alh Kamaldeen Akintunde and made available to newsmen in Abeokuta, stated the appeal is "sine qua non" and against the backdrop of alleged marginalisation of Muslims in critical boards' appointments made by the Governor, citing the Teaching Service Commission and Civil Service Commission.

MMWGN opined that the emergence of Prince Dapo Abiodun as Governor of the 'Gateway State' would not have been if the Muslims did not support his candidature and voted for him in the 2019 Gubernatorial election.

Arguing that the act of omission or commission by the State Chief Executive might have been inadvertent and unintentional, the group enjoined the Governor to rectify the alleged imbalance,and in subsequent appointments.

Such action, the group claimed, will  promote sense of belonging and enhance Muslims confidence and trust reposed in the Governor as of good hearted, considerate and fair minded personality.

MMWGN said it noted the Governor's
graciousness and warmth on the occasion of his electioneering engagements with the Muslim stakeholders and exhorted the state helmsman to ensure fairness, equity and balance in the conduct of the affairs of the state as a democratic imperative.

It counselled Islamic bodies and groups clamouring over the matter to sustain and adhere to the 'doctrine of due process' in ventilating their grievances to the authorities.

This is just as it admonished the government to open its doors for conversation in addressing genuine and legitimate concerns of Muslims, including hinderance to free practice of their faith and the hijab saga that is still lingering and unresolved.

Meanwhile, a renewed call has gone to the federal and state governments by the MMWGN to resuscitate and support the Nigerian Inter-Religious Counci, NIREC as a strategic organ for the promotion of peace, inter-faith harmony and patriotic values that will enhance advancement and transformation of the Nigerian society.

The inter-faith body, by its precious mandate and with sincerity of purpose on the part of member-religoius leaders, scholars and activists will advance the cause of the country, through constructive and meaningful engagements and advocacy that will engender religious understanding, affection, tolerance, cooperation and collaboration to achieving national cohesion, growth and development of the nation.

In the meantime, the Ogun State Council of Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria (MMWGN) has advocated for the establishment of the "Office of the Special Adviser, (S A) on Community Relations", with mandate or responsibility for salient concerns, including peace building and promotion, good neighbourliness, intra and inter-faith harmony and further patriotic values that will aid the realization of the "building our future together Agenda" of Governor Dapo Abiodun, and to enhance societal growth and development.