The Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has on Monday, opposed the endorsement of the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for a second term, by the Leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, arguing that the Christians have completed their 8 years and 2 tenures, and 2023 is the time for a Muslim to emerge as Governor of the State, Page 36 learnt.
This was contained in a statement by Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Director of MURIC.
The statement reads: “It is on record that ex-Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, a Christian, spent four years in Office, and another Christian, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was brought in ostensibly to complete the Christians’ two terms which expires by May 2023, when a Muslim, ceteris paribus, is expected to take over the reins of Office.
“That is why Muslims in Lagos State, regard the recent endorsement given to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to run for the Christians’ third term as unfair, unjust, and provocative. It may not be known in official circles, but Lagos Muslims are grumbling, and we have been under pressure for some time now to speak up.
“Lagos Muslims are tax payers and key Stakeholders in issues affecting the welfare of Lagos citizens. We must therefore, be consulted on matters of governance.
“We refuse to be blindfolded on the way to the polling booth. Neither shall we be satisfied just as voters, we must also be voted for. That is the essence of democracy. It must be participatory. The choice of Candidates and Leadership must not be lopsided in a democracy. Every segment of society must be consulted.”