In a recent statement, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has voiced its concerns over the perceived lack of inclusivity in President Bola Tinubu’s administration since his inauguration in May. The Islamic rights advocacy group has accused the president of favoring Yoruba-speaking Christians in key appointments, a move they believe contradicts the initial Muslim-Muslim ticket promised by the ruling party.
Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director of MURIC, expressed disappointment at what he called a “lopsided” approach to appointments, emphasizing that there are competent Muslims who could hold important public offices. The group pointed out that five out of eight security chiefs appointed were Christians, and ministerial posts displayed a similar trend.
MURIC highlighted the importance of recognizing qualified Muslims who had actively supported the Muslim-Muslim ticket during the presidential election. They cited examples of highly qualified Muslim candidates who were passed over for key positions, including professors, engineers, medical doctors, and holders of doctorate degrees.
The group also expressed disappointment over the omission of a prominent Muslim ministerial nominee who had championed the Muslim-Muslim ticket, as well as the neglect of Professor Ali Isa Pantami, known for his contributions to the communication and digital economy sector during the previous administration.
MURIC’s statement urged President Tinubu to consider the dissatisfaction among Muslims from both the North and South West, warning that ignoring these concerns could have implications for the 2027 elections. The group emphasized the need for political appointments to reflect the diversity of regions, faiths, and sections of the country.
In closing, MURIC accepted responsibility for promoting the idea of a Yoruba Muslim presidency and extended an apology to those who felt misled by their advocacy. They called on President Tinubu to adopt a more inclusive approach to future appointments, ensuring that no ethnic group or faith is perceived to be favored over others.