Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic human rights organization, said any political party that picks a “Yoruba Christian” as its presidential candidate in 2023 will lose the votes of Muslims.
This was made known in a statement issued on Monday, 25th October 2021, by the director and founder of the human rights organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
MURIC, in the statement titled “2023: ON YORUBA MUSLIM PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WE STAND,” reaffirmed its preference for a presidential candidate from the Yoruba Muslim stock.
The group argued that “no Yoruba Muslim has ever occupied Aso Rock either as a president or vice president since independence in 1960 whereas three Yoruba Christians have enjoyed that luxury.”
MURIC said, “As public discourse in Nigeria zeroes in on the 2023 presidential election, we see the need for us to reiterate our position on the need for a Yoruba Muslim presidential candidate from the South West. This we find necessary in view of the proclivity of Nigerians for mass amnesia.
“First, it is imperative that we remind Nigerians that this is not the first time that MURIC is making a case for a Yoruba Muslim president. In fact, it is the fourth time and we have the record.
“Our first statement on the matter was issued on 23rd February 2021 and it was captioned ‘Why Has No Yoruba Muslim Ever Occupied Aso Rock?’
“The second statement on it was on 11th May 2021 under the title ‘On Yoruba Muslim Presidential Candidate We Stand: MURIC Tells Obasanjo. That statement was made when feelers emerged that ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo was trying to draft the current president of the African Development Bank (ADB), Akinwunmi Adesina, to the contest for the highest position in the country.
“The third occasion was on 7th June 2021 when we noticed that mischief-makers were trying to use our position on the matter to create religious acrimony. They deliberately misquoted us and claimed that MURIC had rejected Christian candidates whereas that was not true. It is still not true. That clarification was made under the title ‘MURIC Clarifies Statement on Yoruba Muslim President’.
“Our claim that we have issued three separate statements on the matter is verifiable and the following links can be checked by those who are interested : (https://thedailyvendor.com/yoruba-muslim-must-replace-buhari-come-2023-muslim-group/); (https://dailypost.ng/2021/05/11/2023-its-time-for-yoruba-muslim-presidential-candidate-islamic-group-tells-obasanjo/); (https://www.ripplesnigeria.com/muric-clarifies-stand-over-2023-yoruba-muslim-presidency/).
“We find it necessary to reaffirm our position today because presidential candidates are now warming up while the political parties are mapping out their strategies for 2023. This is the time to send out a reminder to the leadership of all political parties…