Prevent oppressing Taraba Muslims – Islamic workforce warns Gov Darius Ishaku

The Nigerian Muslim rights advocacy workforce, Muslim Rights Fear (MURIC), has accused Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State of marginalising Muslims and non-Jukuns within the state’s political appointments and denying them gainful employment.

This was once disclosed in a press observation made to be had by means of the Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, on Monday.

MURIC mentioned, “Now we have authentic cassu belli to interrogate the movements of the governor of Taraba State. He’s oppressing Taraba Muslims and non-Jukuns. Beneath his watch, all sectors of the state had been christianised. From training to employment and political appointments, Muslims and non-Jukuns are relegated to the background.

“Primordialism, parochialism, exclusivism, non secular bigotry that includes preferential attention for Christians and the Jukun tribe over Muslims and different tribes in nearly each side of governance is what Muslims and non-Jukun tribes had been going through in Taraba State for the previous 5 years.

“Taraba Muslims face discrimination when searching for admission into upper establishments. Scholarships are the unique maintain of Christians. Jobs are laundered in the course of the church buildings and letters of reference from pastors and deacons are automated passports for employment. Promotion from one grade to some other is made up our minds by means of distinctive feature of religion. Even demise advantages of Muslims are withheld whilst the ones of Christians are paid pronto.

“Governor Darius should be interrogated by means of MURIC. Nigerian Muslims wish to know why ten out of the fourteen commissioners within the state are Christians when twelve out of the 16 native governments are predominated by means of Muslim populations.

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“Why are the vice chancellor, rector, provost and heads of the state-owned college, polytechnic, school of training, well being era institute and faculty of nursing Christians? Darius has a case to respond to.

“Your Excellency, kindly give an explanation for to Nigerians why your Muslim topics and non-Jukuns are regarded as no longer certified to carry political posts. What’s the minimal tutorial qualification to develop into eligible for the put up of commissioner in Taraba State? What are the training {qualifications} of the ones appointed to justify the exclusion of Muslims and different tribes?

“Mr. Governor sir, is it simplest the Christians on your state who’re paying tax? If the Muslims and non-Jukuns are tax-payers, why do you exclude them from political appointments and employments?

“This is your exclusivism. Why should Christians on my own sit down at the commonplace patrimony of the Taraba folks via appointments and employments that are denied Muslims and non-Jukuns? This is your christianisation.

“Peace continues to elude your state on account of this gross imbalance and open partiality. Best meritocracy and credibility can win peace. Taraba should set primordial sentiments like religion and ethnicity apart for the state to revel in authentic peace and growth.

“MURIC appeals to different governors all over the period and breadth of Nigeria to permit the composition and number of their state’s inhabitants to really replicate within the appointments and employments of their states, no longer simplest in issues of religion but additionally of ethnicity. Governors must no longer lean closely in opposition to their clans or faith on the expense of all others. This attention must be with out prejudice to benefit.

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“Make no mistake about our challenge. MURIC isn’t attacking Christianity. We’re on a challenge for the promotion of excellent governance and non violent coexistence. Governors, whether or not Christian or Muslim, should permit even construction of manpower throughout forums. Voters should be given equivalent get admission to to training, employment and political appointments.

“This may occasionally have a right away touching on non violent coexistence, productiveness and growth. Christian and Muslim politicians should no longer cross into politics with the schedule of vengeance. Governors who’re brazenly opposed to explicit faiths or tribes are affected by desertification of authentic values of patriotism and nationalism.

“Those that sincerely want peace should realise that justice is the soul of peace. Nobody denies one and enjoys the opposite on the similar time. The cause of the commercial and technological growth in advanced nations is their skill to pursue meritocracy.

“Employees are hired in keeping with their {qualifications} and talents, no longer on their non secular and tribal affiliations whilst none is denied employment at the foundation of his or her religion.

“In our concluding remarks, we invite Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku to unite voters of his state by means of addressing the lawsuits of Muslims and non-Jukuns. We recommend the putting in place of a Committee on Just right Governance in an effort to plugging the holes in Muslim and non-Jukun circles.”

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