Lopsided appointments: MURIC, Northern youths disagree

Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Monday came hard on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, accusing him of taking advantage of the North-backed Muslim Muslim ticket
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Monday came hard on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, accusing him of taking advantage of the North-backed Muslim Muslim ticket (Photo: Premium Times Nigeria)

The pro-Islamic Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Monday came hard on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, accusing him of taking advantage of the North-backed Muslim Muslim ticket that gave him victory in the February 25 presidential election to benefit only his tribal Yoruba South West

This is even as a coalition of Christian youths from across the 19 Northern states has expressed their satisfaction with the administrative pattern as well as what they described as even distribution of political offices and appointments by the president.

MURIC, in a statement issued Monday by its Executive Director, Professor Ishaq Akinola, admonished the president to desist from his current move to concentrate all key appointments in his administration in his a South West region, and ensure that all regions, faiths and sections benefit from political appointments, stating that no ethnic group or faith should be seen to be favoured above others.

Professor Akintola regretted that the appointments made so far by President Tinubu are lopsided, adding that he has favoured mainly Yorubas and Christians.

He regretted further that the hard-fought and we’ll defended Muslim-Muslim ticket that gave Tinubu and Shettima victory has turned into a Yoruba, “Christian majority government.’”

MURIC said: “We are shocked to our marrows that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been appointing Christians and Yorubas mainly to key positions since the inception of this administration at the expense of Muslims. For instance, five out of eight security chiefs appointed earlier are Christians. Ministerial posts have not been different.

“All five key appointments made by President Tinubu to revive the economy were given to Christians and Yorubas mainly. These new appointees include the Minister of Finance, Wale Edun, the newly nominated CBN Governor, Dr. Michael Cardoso, Hon. Zacch Adedeji, Acting Chairman, FIRS, the Chairman, Tax Reforms Committee, Mr. Taiwo Oyedele and Mr. Tope Fasua, Special Adviser on Economic Affairs.

“Many competent Muslims who campaigned and voted Muslim-Muslim ticket during the presidential election were ignored. It is interesting to note that some of those Muslims are eminently qualified to hold key political offices since there are professors, engineers, medical doctors and holders of doctorate degrees among them.”

Apparently referring to former Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, Akintola said that to add salt to injury, one of the best Muslim Ministerial nominees who championed the Muslim-Muslim ticket and mobilised the whole North behind Tinubu has been jettisoned.

The statement further stated, “Also, Prof Ali Isa Pantami who took the Communication and Digital Economy to enviable heights during the last administration was ignored. Where, then, is our Muslim President, taking Nigerian Muslims?

“MURIC rejects this trending narrative that makes competence the raison d’etre for concentrating appointments in any particular tribe, religion or group. Government’s tentacles should be spread nationwide in the search for competence. Neither should the need for skills be used as a cover for the marginalisation of some sections of Nigeria.”

The MURIC boss said competence is not the monopoly of any tribe, faith or group as talented Nigerians are to be found everywhere if sincere searches are conducted.

“Besides, government should take the lion share of the blame if competent hands cannot be found in any section, creed or group for certain assignments. It means the government has not, ab initio, allowed educational and training facilities to be fairly and evenly distributed, or that government has failed to consciously integrate all segments of the Nigerian society.

“This regime must be wary of allegation of nepotism which the previous regime was accused of. Nigeria is a vast country with talented men and women in all nooks and crannies. Government must not just pick the low- hanging skills or those on the water surface. It must send its underwater swimmers to dive below the surface in order to bring the gems to dry land.

“Our message to President Tinubu is this (and we want the President’s handlers to take this to him), the cacophony of voices of dissatisfied Muslims has reached an unbearable crescendo such that MURIC is now constrained to speak up. People are complaining, particularly Muslims from the North and South West and they can only be ignored at the risk of foregoing 2027.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is our Muslim brother but that should not stop us from criticising him if he does the wrong thing. The Prophet (SAW) said, “Help your brother when he is wronged, and even when he is wrong…”

“Traceable as well as well-known authors on social media are exchanging lopsided lists, either tilted in favour of Christians who did not vote for the Muslim-Muslim ticket or in favour of Yorubas only. Such lists raise questions of nepotism and that of marginalisation of the same Muslims who stood behind Asiwaju and voted massively for him.

“We remind President Bola Ahmed Tinubu that all regions, faiths and sections deserve political appointments. The Tinubu administration must not be the exclusive preserve of the Yorubas at the expense of other tribes, nor the monopoly of Rome at the expense of Madinah. No region must be sentenced to hunger, starvation and political isolation.

“Tinubu’s next appointments must see a shift in body language. All regions, faiths and sections must benefit from political appointments made by this government, while no ethnic group or faith is seen to be favoured above others.

“Meanwhile we in MURIC accept full responsibility for the dilemma facing Nigerian Muslims as their Muslim-Muslim ticket has turned into a ‘Christian majority government.’ We admit being in the forefront of the campaign for a Yoruba Muslim Presidency, which has become a bone in the throat of Yoruba Muslims in particular and Nigerian Muslims in general.

“With heavy hearts, we tender an unreserved apology, first, to the former Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai for what we led him to even though he showed no interest at the beginning, and to other Nigerian Muslims particularly those who have been accusing us of misleading them,” Akintola said.

But countering the position of MURIC, an assembly of Christian youths from the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory, under the aegis of the All Christian Youths in Northern Nigeria (ACYNN), has commended President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for running what they describe as an inclusive government.

The group said Monday in Abuja that the current actions and appointments made by the president have proved them wrong in their initial reservations about his Muslim-Muslim leadership ticket with Vice President Kashim Shettima.

Speaking after a solidarity walk in Abuja, Dominic Alancha, the National President of the ACYNN, stated, “At one point, we questioned whether we were recognized as Nigerian citizens with a stake in our beloved country at all.

“However, President Tinubu’s swift and unprecedented appointments have not only surprised us but also resonated with many well-intentioned Nigerians.”

The group applauded the appointment of Christians to key roles in the government, including Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume, and Chief of Defense Staff General Christopher Musa.

“This signifies a significant step towards inclusivity, granting a voice to marginalised, neglected, and often forgotten Christian minorities in Northern Nigeria especially those from the Middle-belt,” Alancha added.

The group appealed to Nigerians from all geopolitical zones to join hands with the Tinubu administration in moving Nigeria towards progress.

Techrectory with Agency Report.

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