An Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), on Wednesday accused the newly sworn-in governor of Osun State, Ademola Adeleke of deceiving the electorate.
Best News Network reports that MURIC said Adeleke “shot himself in the foot” by appointing three ‘Muslims’, Rasheed Olawale, Kazeem Akinleye and Teslim Igbalaye as his Chief Press Secretary, Chief of Staff and Secretary to the State Government respectively.
The group also demanded to know is Governor Adeleke is a Muslim, Christian or a traditionalist.
MURIC’s criticism and demand were made known in a statement issued by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
The statement reads: “There is no gainsaying that the newly sworn-in governor of the State of Osun, Ademola Adeleke, has taken people of the state for a ride. There is ambiguity about the scripture used by the governor during his swearing-in ceremony. As an integral part of the electorate who elected him into office, we are interested in the faith of the governor.
“We have the right to know the faith of our governor. It is part of transparency and accountability. We are asking Governor Ademola Adeleke to come clean about his creed. We demand to know what scripture was used by him during his swearing-in ceremony. Was it the Qur’an, the Bible, a cutlass, a gun or nothing?
“It is important to know as voters and as people who pay tax into the coffers of the State of Osun. It is part of accountability. If he used the Qur’an he is a Muslim. If he used the Bible he is a Christian. If he used a cutlass or a gun he is a traditionalist. We have no quarrel with him if he used any of these three because it means he believes in God whichever way.
“But if he swore to the oath without using anything it means he is an atheist and a carefree person. The people of Osun must be wary of a carefree person on the driving seat of governance in the state. He is not likely to be fair to adherents of any faith. Neither will he respect their beliefs, yearnings and aspirations.
way in affirming whether or not their governor is trustworthy, transparent and accountable. It goes a long way to prove his integrity or his lack of it.
“We, therefore, have some questions for Governor Adeleke. His readiness or his unwillingness to provide answers will show his sincerity or otherwise. Our questions to Adeleke are these: ‘Your Excellency Sir, are you a Muslim, a Christian or a traditionalist? Again, Mr. Governor Sir, what did you use during your swearing-in ceremony? Was it the Qur’an, the Bible, a cutlass, a gun or nothing at all?’”