This is the official blog of the Nigeria-based Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), a human rights organization which promotes, protects and projects the rights of Muslims. This group condemns terrorism and all acts of violence. Its motto is 'Dialogue, Not Violence'
Tuesday, September 5, 2017
FAYOSE COMMITTED SACRILEDGE ON ID GROUND
5th September, 2017
COMMITTED SACRILEDGE ON ID GROUND
The Governor of Ekiti
State, Ayodele Fayose, appeared on Id ground dressed in Islamic regalia
including a turban on Friday, 1st September, 2017. Mr. Fayose also
delivered a politically motivated speech at the Id ground.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns
Fayose’s action. It is executive hocus pocus, highly sacriledgious and unduely
provocative. It is Act I, Scene I in the Theater of the Absurd.
Governor Fayose cannot
pretend to be a friend of Ekiti Muslims. He has delivered several anti-Muslim
speeches and uttered several hate pronouncements targeted at Nigerian Muslims. His
general attitude and body language to Muslims of Ekiti belie his status as the
state governor. He has also demolished mosques out of sheer desire to eliminate
all Islamic landmarks from Ekiti. So who is Fayose deceiving?
The fact that he
offered advice concerning who Muslims should vote for in the coming Ekiti 2018 election
in his speech at the Id ground reveals Fayose’s real motive. But that is his
undoing. Delivering a political speech in a serene atmosphere and on a sacred
ground is sacriledgious. Fayose has also politicized religion. Who are Fayose’s
advisers for Allah’s sake? Or is it that he does not listen to them? It is most
likely that he doesn’t listen to anyone.
Like every bully, Fayose acts on instinct. He tries to
think later though. Fayose has abused the turban and arrogantly violated
Islamic wardrobe etiquette. It is an insult for him to have so boldly dressed
himself up like an Imam on Id ground. Only a titled Muslim leader or an Islamic
scholar can dress like that. Fayose has failed to respect a major Islamic
decorum. Can any political leader put on a pastor’s cassock and clerical collar
without causing uproar?
Fayose has shown that
he has no respect for Muslims or their religion. He derides Ekiti Muslims yet
he tries to con them to vote for his party. This attempt to ridicule Islam
reminds us of the words of Prophet Nuh (peace be upon him) to those who mocked
him, “If you mock us now, we will soon ridicule you and very soon you will know
on whom shame and punishment will descend” (Qur’an 11: 38-39).
non-Muslim governors and kings (Obas and Obis) are visited by Muslims on their
way from the Id ground. Only those who are Muslims among the governors and
kings appear at the Id ground. Fayose’s appearance at the Ekiti Id ground has
violated all known norms. He has desecrated our holy grounds.
On a final and very
serious note, we suggest that in view of our experience in the Third Republic,
it has become necessary, from now onward, for the electorate to demand
certificate of psychiatric examination from candidates seeking political
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)