The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has described Governors Nyesome Wike of Rivers State, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and his predecessor, Ayodele Fayose as ‘Muslim haters.’
In a statement made available to journalists on Saturday, April 9, 2022, by the director and founder of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the group said the trio must be avoided by delegates of their political parties.
The statement reads in part: “Our targeted audience for this press release are the organisers and delegates of the coming primaries for the 2023 general elections for state assemblies, gubernatorial, house of representatives, senate and presidential elections in all political parties in Nigeria. They are advised to avoid presenting candidates who have had face-off with Muslims under them while in power.
“We are going to be generous with examples so that leaders of these political parties, the organisers of their primaries as well as their delegates will know that they have been warned. Our caveat is non-partisan. Our only interest is to avoid the molestation of Muslims by well-known Muslim haters and to protect their Allah-given fundamental human rights from repeated abuse.
“Wike did not stop at mere declaration of Rivers State as a Christian State. He actually showed Nigerian Muslims that he is numero uno Muslim hater when he dispatched bulldozers, thugs and mobile policemen to demolish the Trans Amadi Central Mosque on Tuesday, 20th August, 2019. This was a mosque that had an approved survey plan (AI/RV2009/D13) and an approved building plan (RTP/09/617). Both were approved by the state government since 2009 (before Wike became governor).
“Wike is wicked market. He has no electoral value except in the deployment of Weapons of Mosque Destruction (WMD). Make him the president of Nigeria in May 2023 and all mosques in the country will be in ruins by December 2023. Wike does not stomach advice. He is pugnacious, irrational, erratic and highly unpredictable. Make no mistake about it, Wike is an irredeemable electoral liability.
“Ditto for Ayodele Fayose and Kayode Fayemi. These are Christian political leaders who are notorious for marginalising Muslims and persecuting them. Fayose ran an all-Christian administration with no single Muslim in his 14-member cabinet, all 12 permanent secretaries, all eight board chairmen except the Muslim pilgrims board where he had no choice.
“In any case, MURIC’s policy statement on our preference of a Muslim candidate from the South West already excludes both of them. Any political party, be it APC, PDP, Labour Party or National Conscience Party (NCP), etc that picks known Muslim haters has thrown its chance to the dogs. If Fayose’s administration was six, Fayemi’s APC regime in Ekiti State is half dozen.”