SEMON toughens Igbo Muslims to clamor for political positions come 2019
The Igbo Muslims in Nigeria have observed that since the creation of Nigeria in 1914, more than 100 years ago, Igbo Muslims have not benefitted anything from the Federal Government of Nigeria. According to them, the Governments of States of South East geopolitical zone of Nigeria do not even recognize the existence of Muslims of Igbo extraction, thus “no single plan for them”, politically and socio-economically.
The Muslim faithful under the auspice of the South Eastern Muslims Organization of Nigeria (SEMON) declared the interest in good leadership for Nigeria and trust in the Federal Government at a 1-day conference at the National Mosque in Abuja, 11 November 2018.
They appraised their past, present and future in relation to the socio-political, ethnocentric, economical and religious challenges faced at the local and national levels, noting that the greatest challenge is the total exclusion from the political scheme in Nigeria.
At the end of the conference, a 10-point communiqué was issued, urging igbo Muslims to join politics, aspire and contest for every possible position during the general elections. The organization also sort unity among Igbo Muslims.
Attendees commended the leadership of the organization and praised the good works in Igboland by the elder Igbo Muslims: 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.
“Igbo Muslims have been law-abiding and peaceful citizens of Nigeria. We have sustained the fear of God and patriotism, as well as our trust and loyalty in the Federal Government of Nigeria. But we are never known by the leadership of Nigeria and our states when it comes to appointments. We want the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Governments of our Southeast States to adequately note this high level of political exclusion of Igbo Muslims in Nigeria.”
“However, we appreciate President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts in developing Nigeria. We want him to remain focused in the fight against corruption and to be detribalized in his appointments even while putting merit above other considerations. We pray for him and we promise to always support good leadership for Nigeria. On the same note, we call on the Southeast governors and local government chairmen to protect us and our worship places and to carry us along in the socio-political and economic arrangements for citizens without discrimination against us.”
“We pray for the peace and unity of Nigeria and plead with politicians to play by the rules as the 2019 general elections approach. And despite the unfavourable political climate for us in our hometowns and states, we wish Igbo Muslim politicians the best in future general elections.”