The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a Lagos-based Muslim rights group, has insisted that the late Remi Fani-Kayode, father of Femi Fani-Kayode, was the traitor to the Yoruba race and not Professor Ishaq Akintola, the group’s Director.
MURIC made the claim in a statement posted on its Twitter page on Thursday in response to an outburst by the son of the late First Republic politician.
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Fani-Kayode had in a series of tweets on Wednesday lambasted Professor Ishaq over MURIC’s stiff opposition to Operation Amotekun, the security outfit established by governors of the South-West geopolitical region.
But in its response, MURIC alleged that the senior Fani-Kayode was the traitor who betrayed the Yorubas and subjugated the region’s political hegemony to Northern Nigeria in a bid to curry favour from the Northerners.
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The group also debunked the former Aviation minister’s claims that Hausa/Fulani Muslims do not attend prayers led by a Yoruba Imam, noting that the Imam of the Central Mosque, Abuja, is of Yoruba descent.
The statement read: “Femi Fani-Kayode has forgotten history. We pity him. Does he think the Yoruba have fallen victims of general amnesia?
“He should not have been the one using the word ‘traitor’ in reference to any son of Oduduwa. Talk about kettle calling pot black. Well, now that he has asked for it, we will let him know that when a child rejects pounded yam in the evening, the elders will narrate stories to him.
“We have a question for Femi Fani-Kayode: Who were the Yoruba politicians who betrayed the Yoruba? Chief Remi Ade Fani-Kayode or Chief Obafemi Awolowo? Again, who betrayed the Yoruba people and sold them to the North? What role did Fani-Kayode play in that tragedy? Remember?
“If Fani-Kayode (Snr) aided and abetted the subjugation of the Yoruba to Northern political hegemony, how can Fani-Kayode (jnr) brazenly call Akintola a slave of the Fulani? Is this not a manifestation of addiction to lying and an incurable phobia for anything honourable?
“Fani-Kayode claimed Hausa Muslims cannot pray behind a Yoruba Imam. Fact check: Hausas pray regularly behind a Yoruba Imam (Shaykh Ahmad Onilewura) at the National Mosque, Abuja. When will Fani-Kayode stop lying? Your divide et impera gimmick has failed.”
MURIC stated that Yoruba Muslims have every right to challenge the intent and the formation of Operation Amotekun, insisting that they were not consulted before the setting up of the security outfir.
“Did we ever agree together on Amotekun? Did you ever carry the Muslims along? How can we be traitors in a matter in which we were never taken into consideration? How can we be traitors in a matter over which we never sat down together to take a decision?” the statement read.
The religious group called on Fani-Kayode to learn how to use parliamentary language, at least in public, adding that “unrefined, uncouth and gutter vocabulary should be reserved for area boys”.
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