Muslim scholars in the Southwest have insisted on the emergence of a Yoruba Muslim who has been ousted as Nigeria’s next president.
Muslims from Concerned Yoruba Muslim Scholars in Nigeria have raised concerns during a press conference in Abuja.
This comes after former Deputy President Atiku Abubakar resigned as president of the Peoples Democratic Party.
However, Paul Ibe, Atiku Abubakar’s News Adviser, described the issues raised by Yoruba Islamic scholars as unfortunate.
CYMSN’s acting president-general, Sheikh Abdulrasheed Mayaleke, said the Yoruba Muslims were later relegated when it came to senior political positions.
However, he warned of dire consequences if political parties present any president or vice president shorter than Muslim Yoruba.
Mayaleke said, “Concerned Yoruba Islamic scholars in Nigeria have expressed deep concern over the situation regarding the election of candidates for political parties ahead of the 2023 national elections in Nigeria.
“The idea and attempts to permanently exclude Muslims from the South for the presidency or the Deputy Presidency of the country is unprofessional, harmful and will be challenged by all available legal means.
“It is no longer the news that the PDP opposition party has appointed a Northern person with the presidential flag, even though it is expected that the candidate will appear in the South on the basis of an agreement to change power.
“It is for this reason that we have called on the ruling All Progressives Congress to elect a South African, and in this case, Islam, as a member of the presidency, to have a basic agreement on the formation of the party in 2014. the result. ”
Mayaleke threatened that if the APC made the mistake of denying them the opportunity to have a Muslim President through a violent power game program, they would not take it.
He said, “It should be noted that the Christian and Christian ticket dominated the South West in the First Republic with King Obafemi Awolowo being the Prime Minister and King Samuel Ladoke Akentola as his Deputy despite the Muslim majority. Also, when Gen. Once Gowon became Head of State, he appointed Chief Awolowo as De facto Deputy President.
“Why every time a Muslim chooses to appear as President or Deputy President, politics is unnecessarily hot to the benefit of the Christians in the South West. This is the fate that befell the late King M.K.O Abiola in favor of Chief Ernest Shonekan and Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to support Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in 2015. ”
CYMSN Assistant Secretary-General, Prof Abideen Olaiya, said the APC currently has former Lagos Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu; Former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Honorable. Sabur Dimeji Bankole and former Ogun District Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun are the beneficiaries of a three-party election as its president.
Olaiya said, “What we are saying is that we are already meeting with the APC leadership to consider a Muslim from the South West as Nigeria’s next president. they all deserve a top job in Nigeria.
“And look again, the South West is controlled by the APC in five of the six provinces in the region, South-South has one APC region namely Cross River and two South East, Imo and Ebonyi. Due to the provinces in each region, the South West is limited and should be considered. ”
When contacted, Mazi Paul Ibe, Atiku Abubakar’s Media Adviser, criticized Muslim Yoruba scholars as unfortunate.
He said, “It is sad that a religious party will go out into politics. However, the future that His Excellency Atiku Abubakar does not intend for Nigeria is a one-man state with a single future in which all nations, languages and religions will stand united. Above all, it is the responsibility of religious and community leaders to preach peace rather than division.
“It should be noted that Atiku Abubakar’s fate in the 2023 presidential election will be decided by Nigerian voters who have a lot of knowledge about the broken state of our political and social life.”
Special Assistant (Media) to the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Adebayo Oladeji said, “We are not responding to an issue about organizations we do not know, please.”