2023: MURIC makes case for Yoruba Muslim to succeed President Buhari

2023: MURIC makes case for Yoruba Muslim to succeed President Buhari

- MURIC has stated that the next president of Nigeria must be a Muslim from the southwest region

- The Islamic group argued that only Yorubas who are Christians have ever ruled the country

- The group's director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, noted that it is time for a Muslim of Yoruba extraction to be president

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Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) is making a case for a Yoruba Muslim president.

The Islamic human rights organization questioned the political elite, particularly Yoruba leaders why no Muslim from the southwestern region has ever ruled the country from independence to date.

MURIC's director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement issued and posted on the forum's website on Friday, February 26, argued that Yoruba Muslims have been at the receiving end of political and religious persecution for too long.

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2023: Why Has No Yoruba Muslim Ever Occupied Aso Rock? – MURIC
MURIC has questioned why no Yoruba Muslim has ruled Nigeria before. Photo credit: The Nation
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Akintola stated that all Yoruba heads of state have been Christians, adding that the time is ripe for a Yoruba Muslim president to emerge in Nigeria in the interest of fairness and equity.

He went on to note that Yoruba Muslims will not support any non-Muslim presidential candidate put forward by any political party

Part of the statement read:

“Yoruba Muslims have been at the receiving end of political and religious persecution for a very long time
“So we have had three Christians of Yoruba extraction in Aso Rock at different times. It is therefore natural to ask why there hasn’t been any Yoruba Muslim politician in Aso Rock all these years, particularly from 1979 to date?
President Buhari’s tenure ends in 2023 and the South West is already warming up. Will it still be fair for another Christian from the South West to occupy Aso Rock come 2023?"

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MURIC backs Bola Tinubu for presidency

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that MURIC declared its support for the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

MURIC's director made the declaration in a statement, adding that Tinubu has all it takes to preside over Nigeria.

He also urged the Yoruba nation to jettison separatist tendencies and ethnic hostilities and focus on its quest to regain power at the centre in the 2023 polls.


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