MURIC: Obasanjo must drop Akinwunmi Adesina from 2023 race

Olusegun Obasanjo, Akinwunmi Adesina and MURIC director Ishaq Akintola

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has told former President Olusegun Obasanjo to drop the current president of the African Development Bank (ADB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, from the 2023 presidential race.

Professor Ishaq Akintola, Director of MURIC, stated this in a statement sent to PM News on Tuesday.

Akintola said Obasanjo must withdraw his support for Akinwunmi Adesina because he is a “Yoruba Christian”.

According to Akintola, reports have revealed that Obasanjo is trying to draft the current president of the African Development Bank (ADB) into the 2023 presidential race.

He noted that the next Yoruba presidential ticket must go to a Yoruba Muslim in the name of fairness, justice and equity.

Akintola said he based his stand on the fact that three Yoruba Christians have occupied the Aso Rock villa and no single Yoruba Muslim has held the post of president or vice president since independence.

According to Akintola, “Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo is reportedly making attempts to draft the current president of the African Development Bank (ADB), Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina, into the 2023 presidential race. We object to this move. Obasanjo wants to waste all the efforts put in place by the Nigerian government to get Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina to that continental position.

“We remind the former president that as a Yoruba Christian, he has led Nigeria twice. He spent 3 years and 258 days as a military head of state (1976 – 1979) and another 8 years as a civilian president (1999 – 2007). Two other Yoruba Christians have also occupied Aso Rock. Chief Earnest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan was the interim head of state from 26th August 1993 to 17th November 1993. The current vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is also a Yoruba Christian.

“Obasanjo’s attempt to drag Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina who is also a Yoruba Christian into the presidential race negates the principles of fairness, justice and equity. It is an attempt to rob Yoruba Muslims of the presidential slot and it violates a cardinal principle of democracy, namely, inclusiveness.

“It is an open secret that Yoruba Muslims who form the majority of the population in the South West are being denied their Allah-given fundamental human rights. This has led to complaints and court cases initiated by Muslims across Yorubaland over political and religious persecution. Yoruba Muslims are at the receiving end of the deprivation of civil liberties. It is our contention that another Yoruba Christian presidency will usher in another opportunity for Christian hegemony and the marginalisation, stigmatisation, repression and persecution of Yoruba Muslims.

“Let Obasanjo tell us how many Yoruba Muslims were ministers in his administration. Even in Kwara State which is also a predominantly Muslim territory, Obasanjo picked two Christians as ministers (C. O. Adebayo and Funke Doyin). But he could not extend such ‘luxury’ to Yoruba Muslims in the South West.

“MURIC rejects this grand design to keep Muslims in Yorubaland in perpetual bondage. There are many Yoruba Muslims who are eminently qualified for the post of president. We also believe that the interest of the Yoruba people will be best served if they will channel their grievances towards ensuring that a Yoruba man emerges president instead of pursuing a separatist agenda that may lead them nowhere.

“We advise ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo to relax his grip on the Nigerian jugular vein. He should stop pushing Yoruba Muslims to the background. Christians are not the only human beings in Yorubaland. Fair sharing spreads goodwill. Monopoly generates rancour and ill-feeling. There is no true democracy where there is no inclusiveness. The political party does not matter to us. What is important is that the next Yoruba presidential ticket must go to a Yoruba Muslim in the name of fairness, justice and equity.”

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  • OBJ is just playing politics, his support for Adeshina is politics , Tinubu is best favorite, this is the same politics that OBJ played with Abiola on June 12th .

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  • Well said and articulated!
    What an insightful wake-up call for Muslims in SW. When tribal sentiments favors their equation they mention North against the South. And when It doesn't favour they bridge Christians against Muslims.
    SW Muslims are the beautiful bride of the non-Muslims when they keep mute on social-political matters affecting them. Where they venture to raise then they become trouble makers. They never want the statoscope to change, even in the face of truth and common logical sense.
    May ALLAH continue to protect, guide and preserve our noble prof. Ameen!

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  • Anytime this man talk he generate hatred, presidency should go to South East.

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  • The insanity of Professor Ishaq Akintola is no longer a secret. The idiot should tell Nigerians how many Northern Christian that have ruled Nigeria.

    Nigeria does not need bigots in running her affairs but achievers like Akinwunmi Adesina, that fool should tell Nigerians a Yoruba man better than Adesina in Nigeria and Africa today.

    These tribal and religious fanatics are the major problem of Nigeria instead of proffering solutions to our problems,.they use their fanatic ideas to create divisions.

    Akintola should be stoned to death by those that want Nigeria to move forward.

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  • This man is totally out of his sense, We're talking of capable dignity and new blood he his talking of religion the present President was it not a Muslim either Yoruba , Housa or Ibo Muslim is Muslim. Akinwunmi Adesina is the best candidate for Nigeria coming 2023. May Allah choose best for this country Nigeria.

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  • This man should be sent to ARO in ABEOKUTA for treatment.

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  • This is good argument coming from a man who have learnt both in character and learning. Is a yoruba muslim a true and pure one when a northern muslim stand. This man was only reminding Nigerians that is ripe for a yoruba person to be a president again. This man is not a professor but a religious trader.

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  • Thanks! guys, you've all said it all.The comments. l was gonna rubbish this idiot called Ishaq Akintola,this fool craves for attention. With all the problems besetting Nigeria at the moment is this what this fool got for Nigeria. Nigerians have been kidnapped, robbed,killed,died untimely deaths, Is this what this fool should be saying now? Is Dr Adeshina not qualified to lead Nigeria? The answer: He's best qualified.
    Ishaq Akintola,you didn't make sense with what you said.

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  • This is a mad man. A professor of madness and stupidity. At this stage of the country, you are saying this stupid words. Nothing sensible has ever cone out of this man. What a shame?

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  • I think Ishaq Oloyede must be sick. I never heard any other voice from MURIC than him and he never at one time spoken of unity of Nigeria. He was the one who escalated the hijab issue Kwara, he supported Pantami for siding Boko Haram,he one said Christians dominated the governor's seats in Southwest and now, he has come again with this nonsense talk. Today, I Nigeria, the President. The Senate. House of Representatives, Chief Justice, all key positions are occupied by Muslims. Why this provoking statement?

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