*says SW Muslims reject secession
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) on Wednesday described the agitators of Oduduwa Republic from the present Nigeria as a particular clique with a hidden agenda
MUSWEN which is the umbrella body of Muslim bodies in the South West in a statement issued in Ibadan titled “MUSWEN reaction to alleged Proposal of Oduduwa Republic” jointly signed by its Executive Secretary /CEO , Professor Muslih Tayo Yahya and it’s Media Consultant, Alhaji Femi Abass declared that Muslims in the SW region are against the agitation for Oduduwa Republic or any action that may amount to secession.
In the statement, MUSWEN frowned at what it termed “seemingly sectarian agenda which is threatening the peace of the region psychologically and spiritually”, pointing out that “It is an undeniable historical fact that Yoruba people are wiser and much more calculative than to want to put the cart before the horse in a situation that requires a very deep thought and clear foresight”.
“MUSWEN hereby declares that the Muslims of the Southwest of Nigeria reject any idea of ‘Oduduwa Republic’ or any other act that may amount to secession from the Federal Republic of Nigeria. If there are any national issues that require resolution, in Nigeria, at this time, the only path to tread is that of dialogue. MUSWEN, the apex body of all the Muslim Communities / Councils and Organizations with demographic majority in the region, believes that if any such alleged move to rebel against the Federal Republic of Nigeria, were true, at all, it could not have been initiated by a particular group with an exclusively peculiar agenda.” it said
MUSWEN added, “at least, it ought to have been assumed that a tribe to which wisdom is globally ascribed would not want to embark on any serious action of that magnitude without wide consultations based on due process and precautionary measures. It is a fact historically attested that from the time of colonial rule, the Yoruba people of the South West region of Nigeria have been playing a front line role in making Nigeria the champion of the course of the black race’ globally, through legal means”..
The Muslim body stated “part of the uniqueness of that wisdom is the exemplary religious harmony that has subsisted for centuries and made the Southwest region of Nigeria a model of interreligious coexistence in Nigeria”, stressing, “it is therefore curiously odd that such a tribe that is universally acknowledged as a signpost of wisdom and peace would now choose to be the cause of national disharmony when it can easily midwife peace with its wisdom.”
MUSWEN emphasized that “Nigeria, as a country, did not come into existence by mere fortuity or by the whim of any particular clique with a hidden agenda. Historically, it took series of constitutional negotiations, based on patience, tolerance and remarkable endurance in the 1950s, to make Nigeria a foremost independent African country that is now globally respected in the commity of nations. And, the Yoruba ethnic group was in the forefront of that process which remains the foundation of Nigeria as a country.”
“If any idea of getting a country like Nigeria disintegrated can be seen as a political fashion at any time, this, is, surely, not the time. And, going by the 21st century political trend globally, today, it should be clear that employing rebellion as the means of achieving any political agenda that may be devoid of peace and tranquility has become unprofitably anachronistic.Besides, it is quite unfathomable that a reputably educated tribe like Yoruba of the Southwest of Nigeria will ever want to toy with such a crude method of imitating a failed rebellion that once subjugated another tribe, without considering its entailed repercussion for today and tomorrow” and that “there are better options of righting any perceived wrong than to to throw a troubled pebble into a pacific brook as a way of compounding the restive situation in which Nigeria finds herself today. “
The body noted in the statement that, “”as the apex of body of millions of Muslims who love and adhere tenaciously to the chord of peace, MUSWEN would rather admonish against any clandestine action that can snowball into disharmonyas now being planned by some groups, who are desprately propelling their own docket to the detriment of others”.
MUSWEN maintained, “from all indications, the timing, method and modality of the alleged proposal of ‘Oduduwa Republic’ (if it is true), is tendentiously suspicious especially when virtually all the proponents of that idea are from a particular religion.
Such a move only has the tendency to give an impression that a hidden agenda to establish a theocratic republic, in Yoruba land, with the aim of engendering an unwarranted sectarian war agaist adherents of a perceived discordant faith, is in the front burner, awaiting execution at an unpredictable cost.”
“Much as MUSWEN does not want this suspicion to germinate and grow sprouting foliages of fright among the millions of Muslims in the Southwest of Nigeria,the peculiarity of its design, as well as the seeming impunity with which its proponets are going about it may open door for distrust and spark off unpredictable sectarian hostilities within the same tribe”.
It stressed “if this kind of proposal had been embarked upon, exclusively, by Muslims in the region, the usual noise of ‘islamization’ would have uncontrollably throbbed the media waves by now”, saying, “it is easy to initiate the beginning of war and trumpet its sadistic lyrics. But what may eventually be the end of such a war is quite beyond the predictability of any individual or group.”