*says its against Nigeria’s unity, oneness
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Pioneer Executive Secretary of Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN), Professor Daud Olatokunbo Shittu Noibi on Saturday asked Muslims in the South West part of Nigeria to stay away from the agitation for actualisation of Yoruba nation.
Prof Noibi gave the caution in Ibadan while speaking with journalists at a send-forth and book launch reception in his honour organised by MUSWEN.
According to him, there is no basis for Muslims in the South West region of the country to be participating in anything that has to do with creation of Yoruba nation, saying, the agenda of the agitators poses a big dilemma for Muslims in the region, hence no need to support the agitation.
He advised them not to be part of the agitation because it will not promote unity and oneness Nigerians have been yearning for.
” Muslims in the South West, don’t be part of agitation for Yoruba nation. I have for a very long time unshakenly and unshakably been committed to promoting Muslim unity up and down the country. I was called names. However, I have since been vindicated”, he said.
Prof Noibi added, “beside, the evil consequences of a breakup of the country, the agenda of the agitators poses a big dilemma for the Muslims of the South West. Allah directs us Muslims across ethnic boundaries to be bound by the Islamic brotherhood”.
” Nothing should be done to stop or reverse the growth of that unity. At this juncture, I should draw attention to the special danger posed for us the Muslims of the South West by the agitation for the creation of Oodua or Yoruba nation out of Nigeria”.
The Islamic Scholar maintained
that the ethnic warlords want the people to be bound only by ethnic sentiments and take fellow believers of other ethnic extractions for enemies which ” is against the teachings of the Qur’an”.
“On the other hand, ethnic warlords want us to be bound only by ethnic sentiments and take fellow believers of other ethnic extractions for enemies”.
The President of MUSWEN, Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo in a chat with journalists at the send forth/book launch, tasked Muslims to participate actively in the 2023 elections, saying, ” getting PVCs is not enough, we should vote during the elections”
The sendforth was graced by dignitaries including the Deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barrister Bayo Lawal, JAMB Registrar, Professor Isiaq Oloyede, MUSWEN President, Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo, MUSWEN Executive Secretary, Professor Muslih Yahya, MURIC Director, Professor Isiaq Akintola, Alhaji Kunle Sanni, University of Ibadan Chief Imam, Professor Abdulrahman Oloyede, Alhaji Sa’eed Alao, First Bank GMD, Dr. Sola Adeduntan, Alhaji Saheed Aweda and Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Professor Afis Oladosu among others.