By Miriam Humbe, Abuja
Igbo Muslims under the aegis of the South Eastern Muslims Organization of Nigeria (SEMON), rose from a one-day conference condemning and declaring as unacceptable, the situation whereby no appointments are allocated to Igbo Muslims by the federal, state and local governments after every general elections.
The Organization who acknowledged the voting strength of Igbo Muslims, urged all mature ones who have acquired their Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC) to vote only for leaders who also care for Igbo Muslims, and wished Igbo Muslim politicians huge success in future general elections.
These were contained in the 10-point communiqué issued at the end of the One-day conference which held at the National Mosque in Abuja on November 11, 2018.
Signed by Muhammad Obiahu Ajah Jr., the group’s National Chairman, Abdur-Rahman Nwazueze Urama, National Secretary and Yahya Onyekachi Ugwu, its National PRO, they urged Igbo Muslims to unite and speak in one voice in order to demand, like other minority existences, for their legitimate rights as citizens in Nigeria.
They urged Igbo Muslims to sustain the fear of God and patriotism, and their trust in the federal government of Nigeria and also emphasized on the need for the federal government of Nigeria and the governments of their South-Eastern states of Nigeria to be adequately informed and aware on the political exclusion of Igbo Muslims in Nigeria.
The forum enjoined Igbo Muslims to join politics and aspire and contest for every possible positions during the general elections, including the position of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Governorship, National and State Assembly positions, as well as Local Government and Councillorship.
They harped on the importance of the fact that Igbo Muslims should continue to be law-abiding citizens of Nigeria and their states and seek legitimate livelihoods in any part of Nigeria.
The Conference commended the leadership of the SEMON and the efforts for Islam and Muslims in Igboland by the elder Igbo Muslims such as late Sheikh Ibrahim Okpani Nwagui, Chief Abdul-Aziz Chibuzor Ude,
Sheikh Adam Abdullah Idoko, Sheikh Dr. Haroun Ogbonnia Ajah, HRH Dr.Abdul-Fattah Emetumah and some younger generation exponents.
They commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts in developing Nigeria, and urged him to remain focused in the fight against corruption and to be detribalized in his appointments even while putting merit above other considerations, while also praying for him and promising to always support good leadership for Nigeria.