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Muslims Demand Better Deal From Ekiti Government

THE National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO) in Ekiti State has organised a lecture and awards ceremony to mark the beginning of Hijra 1439 A.H. and used the forum to demand for the inclusion of more Muslims in the appointments by the state government.

Stakeholders and participants at the event, which also featured a book launch, lamented that there were no Muslims appointed into the state executive council and in most of the sectors of the state’s economy, despite making up 35 per cent of the state’s population.

In an address, the state coordinator of NACOMYO, Mr Tajudeen Ahmed, said “a situation where Muslims are totally excluded from the successive employment batches carried out in the state is most unjust,” and expressed the hope that this would “stop henceforth and that the Muslims will have a sense of belonging as honourable citizens of Ekiti State once again.”

The NACOMYO leader, however, commended the state government “for ensuring peaceful coexistence in the state,” but added that “the only way to guarantee lasting peace is by safeguarding equity and justice.”

Ahmed explained that “Hijra, which is the emigration of Prophet Muhammad from Makkah to Madinah consequent upon his persecution, was the turning point of Islamic history.”

Delivering a lecture titled “Are you Ready?” the Deputy Imam of Ado Ekiti Central Mosque, Sheikh Abdur-Raheem Arikewuyo, charged Muslims in the state to ensure cohesion and unity among themselves wherever they may be.

“We need to have a common front and obey our leaders for us to get our rightful recognition in government. Those betraying the trust reposed in them through their positions should have a rethink and prepare for the Day of Reckoning,” Sheikh Arikewuyo said.

Also, the chairman on the occasion, Alhaji Azeem Taiwo Ayoade, charged Muslims in the state to take steps to ensure they remain united in their activities and in the pursuit if their rights.

A book titled “A Compilation of 1438 A.H. Ramadan Lectures” by NACOMYO, Ekiti State chapter in honour of its first coordinator in the old Ondo State, Dr Hammed Afolabi Bakare, was launched at the event.

At the event, the correspondents of the Nigerian Tribune and The Punch in the state, Mr Sam Nwaoko and Mr Kamorudeen Ogundele, were given awards of honour by the organisation.

Ahmed said the two journalists were honoured “in recognition of their unbiased news reportage and commendable adherence to professional ethics.”

Ahmed said the award was for those who had been recognised for their efforts in promoting a just and equitable society, irrespective of their background or religion.

At the event were the Grand Imam of the state and President-General of the League of Imams and Alfas in the South West Nigeria, Edo and Delta States, Sheikh Jamiu Bello Kewulere; the president of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Ekiti State, Alhaji Yakubu Sanni; the state missioner, Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria, Alhaji Babatunde Abdus-Salam and the Olosan of Osan-Ekiti, Oba Tajudeen Jimoh.

Also present were the chairman of Ado Ekiti Local Government Area, Mr Kazeem Deji Ogunsakin;

Missioner, Nasrul-Lahi-l-Fatih Society of Nigeria (NASFAT), Iworoko branch, Abdul-Fatah Abdul-Azeez, students from Muslim schools in the state, members of Muslim groups and captains of industry.

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