The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) in Ekiti State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to correct the alleged exclusion of the state’s Muslims from federal appointments.
The body, which described the situation as “injustice”, expressed dismay that the Federal Government gave Muslims no appointment into its statutory boards, corporations and agencies.
In a letter, dated January 1, by its President, Alhaji Yakubu Sanni and Secretary Alhaji Tajudeen Adejumo, the state’s NSCIA said there were qualified indigenous Muslims in the All Progressives Congress (APC) for any federal job.
The body said its letter was prompted by appointments of Ekiti State indigenes as chairmen and members of boards of corporations and agencies by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The highest Muslim body in the land said it considered the exclusion of Muslims as injustice because the 23 appointees from Ekiti State were Christians.
In the letter: Exclusion of Ekiti Muslims from National Appointments, NSCIA said majority of Muslims in the state voted for Buhari in the 2015 presidential election.
It said: “We observed that in all the series of national appointments made so far, we could not find a single Muslim from Ekiti State.
“We see this as serious on us as a people with lots of stakes in this country, given the fact that we have eminently qualified Muslims who are active members of the APC in the state.
“Muslims have always been side-lined in the politics of Ekiti State and we hope that President Buhari will redress this injustice, more importantly when majority of us supported your candidature and victory as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The group said it was “sure” the President was “not a party to this marginalisation of Muslims in Ekiti State,” adding that it was “surprising that this anomaly was not corrected in the recent appointment, given that Muslims account for about 40 per cent of the population of the state”.
The NSCIA named the appointees and their positions and attached same to the letter addressed to Buhari.
It added: “We respectfully appeal that this injustice be promptly redressed.”