Edo Muslims cry out over marginalization, insist on fair representation in governance

Adams OshiomholeThe Muslim community in Edo state has cried out over alleged marginalization by the state government and political elite in the state, even though it constitutes a substantial percentage of the state’s population.

The Muslims under the aegis of the Edo Muslims for Equity and Good Governance (EMEGG), in a communiqué while congratulating President-Elect Muhammadu Buahri and state Governor Adams Oshiomhole on the All Progressives Congress recent electoral victory, lamented that they have been schemed out of governance in the state for a long time.

“Edo Muslims want to once again draw the attention of the state government and the general public to the political marginalization of the Muslims in the state. Out of over 20 commissioners in the state, only one is a Muslim. Currently, the state has over 30 boards/committees chairmen, there is no single Muslim as a
chairman of any of these boards/committees, except understandably, the
Muslim Pilgrim Welfares Board”, the communiqué issued on Monday read in part.

The state governor, his deputy, the speaker of the House of Assembly, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), the Head of Service and the Chief of Staff are all Christians, the group pointed out.

The communiqué, which was jointly signed by the Coordinator-General, Siraju Muhammad and Secretary-General, Muhammad Ibrahim, put the population of Muslims in the state at 40 percent.

“The next speaker of the Edo State House of Assembly should be a
Muslim. This is to ensure a fair representation for the Edo Muslims and to
assuage the feelings and marginalization among the Muslims”, they demanded.

The EMEGG also demanded “that come 2016 Edo state gubernatorial election, there should be a joint Muslim/Christian or Christian/Muslim ticket”.

As of the time of publishing this report, the state government is yet to respond to these claims.

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