An Islamic human rights organisation Muslim group popularly known as Muslim Rights Concern, MURIC, has on Monday assured that it would not oppose a Christian president in Nigeria.
The group remarked while making some explanation to its call for the Southwest to produce a Muslim presidential candidate in 2023.
MURIC said 2023 was the right time for the Southwest to produce a Muslim Presidential candidate.
They further demanded a hinged on the condition that political parties zone the presidency to the South West.
A statement signed by Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Director, and forwarded to Infoxclusive, said it would not oppose a Christian presidential candidate if the position is zoned to any other zone.
MURIC also explained that it would not undermine a Christian president if he respects the rights of Muslims across the country.
The statement reads: “Some stakeholders have misunderstood our statement concerning our demand for a Yoruba Muslim president come 2023. They wrongly assume that we do not want a Christian president at all. That is not correct. We have therefore seen the need for us to clarify our statement.
“Our true position is this. We want a Yoruba Muslim to be the next president of the presidency is zoned to the region by political parties. So there is a provision, and the keywords ‘if’. MURIC is not a fanatical group. We do not have a problem with a Christian president. This is a democracy and Nigeria is a multi-religious nation. So we are not opposed to a Christian emerging as president at any time so long as he respects the rights of Muslims.”
The Islamic human rights organisation, however, lamented that Christians dominate the leadership sphere in the Southwest.
MURIC also said Christians dominate both the education sector and civil service while Muslims enjoy the majority among artisans in the Southwest.
“Our grouse is with the system in the South West. It is an open secret that Christians dominate the education sector in the South West.
“That is why the civil service is fully in the hands of the Christians while the Muslims are an overwhelming majority among the artisans and traders in Yorubaland,” the statement added.
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