- MURIC has expressed fear over the agitation for the Yoruba nation
- The Islamic group said that the Muslims would experience more persecution if the Oduduwa nation is achieved
- Professor Ishaq Akintola, the MURIC director, made this known in a statement he issued on Wednesday, May 26
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has said that Yoruba Muslims may face persecution in the southwest if they are able to break away from Nigeria and have the Oduduwa Republic.
The Islamic rights group in a statement issued on Wednesday, May 26, and seen by Legit.ng, also alleged that Muslims in the southern part of Nigeria were already facing marginalisation.
Professor Ishaq Akintola, the MURIC's director, was reacting to the withdrawal of a Muslim pupil from Obafemi Awolowo University International School (OAUIS) in Ile-Ife, Osun state after she was allegedly harassed for wearing hijab.
Akintola described it as a preamble to what Muslims would experience should the Oduduwa Republic be realised, calling the school management to investigate the issue.
The statement reads:
“One of the Obafemi Awolowo International School (OAUIS) teachers, Mrs. Adeyemo, has allegedly harassed a female Muslim student of the school. The intimidation has made the girl’s parents to withdraw her from the school."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a new bill was introduced at the House of Representatives to compel the Armed Forces and para-military organisations in Nigeria to permit female officers to wear the Islamic veil, commonly known as hijab.
It was reported that the bill was sponsored by Saidu Abdullahi, the member representing Bida/Gbako/Katcha federal constituency.
Article 13 of the bill prohibits the military from discriminating against anyone wearing a hijab. Subsection two of the article states that anyone who contravenes the provision would have committed an offence.
In a related report, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) called on reps to prioritise the security situation of the country.
The message was delivered when Musa Saidu Abdullahi met with the national leadership of the Christian body.
CAN urged lawmakers to make laws that will move Nigeria forward and find ways to end the insecurity situation in the country.