The controversy generated by the alleged forcefully acquiring of a land belonging to Ahmadiyyah Muslims by former governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has degenerated. Ahmadiyyah Muslims, it would be recalled, held a massive protest in Ado Ekiti penultimate Saturday, 17th November, 2018 against the ex-governor. The group, under the leadership of Mr. Bashiru Alawode, accused the former governor of forcibly acquiring its land to build a petrol station for his own son. According to the group, an Ahmadiyyah mosque was built on the land since the early 1940s but they decided to demolish it recently because it was built with old moulded blocks.
The group maintained that the intention was to put up a modern mosque to replace the old one, but Fayose seized the land in the interregnum and started building a petrol station there. Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), which described Fayose’s action as tyrannical, totalitarian and immoral, calls for mass protest at the former governor’s residence every Friday.
The group registered its intervention in a press release signed by its director and founder, Professor Ishaq Akintola. “Muslims must visit Fayose’s private residence in Ado Ekiti with placards on a regular basis particularly on Fridays. They must march on Fayose’s house straight from the Jum’ah prayer on Fridays. Taunt Fayose with Bandiri drums. Let Alasalatu women surround his house chanting Islamic ditties (waka). Occupy his street until he surrenders the land.
They must repeat the same thing every Salah day as they return from Id al-Fitr and Id al-Kabiir prayers. Like Macbeth, Fayose has murdered sleep. He shall sleep no more. Our people say ‘he who steals a poor man’s chicken has offended the most garrulous story-teller,” MURIC said. Appealing to the current governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, to intervene in the matter, Akintola said:
“The current governor is a gentleman to the core. We are appealing to him for redress and we hope he will placate Ekiti Muslims, not only on the matter of Ahmadiyyah land seized by the governor but also on the issue of political appointments.” Fayose’s action, the statement read further, “is shameful. He is a political misnomer and an unmitigated disaster. He has proved beyond reasonable doubt that he is an oppressor without borders. How can a whole sitting governor confiscate a piece of land belonging to the Muslim community for personal use? This is oppression of the highest order. Fayose is a selfish demagogue, a political charlatan and a skullduggery primus inter pareil.”
This is a man who, according to Akintola, “pretended that he was a friend of the Ekiti masses. He rode okada in public. He ate roasted corn by the roadside all in an effort to deceive the people that he belonged to the hoi polloi. But the wind has blown now and we have seen the ruff of the hen. Fayose is a shenanigan nulli secundus.
Napoleon Bonaparte was right when he said ‘Men are led by toys’. “Fayose must return Muslim land. Any land on which a mosque is built is Allah’s land. Seizing that land was audacious in the first place and by that action the former governor has only confirmed that he has no fear of God. This man needs to repent or he will face Al-lah’s wrath.” The statement continued:
“He has also proved his pathological hatred for Muslims by commandeering their piece of land. We have always said that Fayose is a Muslim hater. Are we not vindicated now? Why should he seize mosque land of all the landed properties in Ekiti State? Why Muslim land? The same Fayose went on a demolition spree of mosques in the state when he was governor. The same Fayose refused to give Muslims in the state any political appointment. He was widely known for his extremely lopsided political appointments: an all-Christian cabinet and all-Christian board members and chairmen. It was impunity ad infinitum.