Ogun 2019: Muslim group gives conditions to back parties

Muslims in Ogun State under the aegis of The Muslim Congress (TMC) and Organisation of Tadhamunul- Muslimeen (OTM) have given conditions that must be met before supporting political parties and candidates jostling for their votes in the 2019 elections. They identified key issues that will influence their decision as including respect for Muslims rights in the manifestos, programmes, configurations of the political parties and candidates. They gave the conditions at their Annual Lecture held at the MKO Abiola International Stadium, Abeokuta with the theme: “Nigeria’s Stability: Religious and Political Leaders on Call.”

Dignitaries at the event include the Olota of Ota, Oba Abdulkabir Obalanlege, African Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate, Prince Gboyega Isiaka, National Missioner of Nasirullahi- li-Fathi (NASFAT), Imam AbdulAzeez Onike Morufu; Asiwaju- Adeen of Ogun State, Prince Samsudeen Apelogun; and former National President of National Council of Muslim Youth Organisations (NACOMYO), Alhaji KamalDeen Akintunde, among others. In his welcome address, the OTM Amir, Ustaz Tiamiyu Hammed, expressed concern that successive governments had taken Muslims rights for granted. He stated that the event offered opportunities for governorship candidates of political parties in the state to rub minds with Muslims. While noting that only one governorship candidate graced the occasion, Tiamiyu explained that others could not make it due to their involvement in political party activities.

He said, “Nigerians expect that changes in government should translate into good governance, improvement in education, sound health system, improvements in all sectors of the economy and economic growth, but reverse was the case. “This called our attentions to examine if our government is really working for us or against us; weather the changes we had only create opportunities for the most influential minorities or for every willing Nigerians.”

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