A Nigerian Islamic human rights group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has referred to as on the governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi, to respect the rule of laws.
In accordance to the rights group, the governor has organize a committee to consider the selection of the Attraction Courtroom docket on the arrange of the Alawo of Awo, Oba Azeez Sulaiman Aladejuyigbe.
MURIC described the governor’s strive to consider the selection of the court docket docket as unlawful, illegal, illegitimate, unconstitutional, extra-judicial, undemocratic and a rape on the rule of laws.
The group’s place was made acknowledged in a press assertion issued to NAIJAFUTURES on Tuesday, by its Director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
“We’re calling on Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State to dissolve the committee organize by him to consider the selection of the Attraction Courtroom docket on the Alawo of Awo stool,” MURIC said.
“It is alien to the laws for a state governor to subject the pronouncement of a dependable court docket docket of laws to his personal whim and caprice inside the determine of a consider committee. Such an movement is against the law, illegal, illegitimate, unconstitutional, extra-judicial, undemocratic and a rape on the rule of laws.
“The Extreme Courtroom docket of Ado Ekiti delivered judgement in favour of Oba Azeez Sulaiman Olaleye Aladejuyigbe on seventh October, 2015. Not glad, the complainants took the matter to the Attraction Courtroom docket and the latter delivered judgement inside the Oba’s favour as soon as extra on third December, 2019.
“Instead of heading straight to the perfect court docket docket inside the land, the appellants resorted to backdoor manipulations relying on non secular sentiment. It is unfortunate that the governor willingly turned complicit in an anti-Muslim conspiracy headed by a found SAN.
“We’re asking Governor Fayemi to inform Nigerians when the faith of a candidate for the royal stool turned an issue. Why ought to an Oba-elect be denied entry to the palace on account of he is a Muslim?
“Fayemi’s authorities will seemingly be laying a very unhealthy precedent if that’s allowed. Instead of allowing the court docket docket’s ruling to stand, the governor has thrown his weight behind an anti-Muslim group inside the metropolis by ordering the consider of the selection of the Attraction Courtroom docket through the Chieftaincy Committee of Ekiti State Typical Council.
“This course of is unknown to laws. The usual Council cannot put apart the selection of a greater court docket docket. Fayemi’s movement is subsequently extraordinarily vires, null and void and of no affect in anyway. We ask the governor to take the honourable path of stopping the consider practice sooner than it is too late.
“Oba Azeez wants to be allowed to switch into the palace. There is not a doubt that he enjoys the help of the great people of Awo Ekiti who’ve risen to his defence on many occasions when the political charlatans and spiritual demagogues launched ferocious assaults on him and his family.
“Within the equivalent vein, we enchantment to neighborhood leaders and all males of conscience to intervene on this matter in order to forestall a peculiar mess in Ekiti State. The impression is being created that Oba Azeez is being persecuted on account of he is a Muslim.
“It is turning into additional evident daily that the age-long notion of the existence of spiritual tolerance among the many many Yoruba is sheer delusion, a mirage and a nonexistent phantom. The knowledge as we communicate as we’ve got now it is that Muslims are being denied political appointments, standard stools and job options in Yorubaland.
“Take Ikire and Eruwa as an illustration. A Muslim Prince secured Supreme Courtroom docket judgment since 2014, however he has not been prepared to revenue from the judgment due to a strong anti-Muslim clique inside the metropolis which has vowed not to see a Muslim as their king. In Eruwa, Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has ignored a Supreme Courtroom docket judgement of 2019 in favour of a Muslim Oba.
“Governor Fayemi has not helped issues by on the lookout for to disallow a Muslim Oba-elect from shifting into the palace no matter a court docket docket judgement. Like his predecessor, Ayodele Fayose who ran an all-Christian administration, Fayemi moreover marginalized Ekiti Muslims in political appointments.
“The judiciary has spoken. The perfect consider true apply of separation of vitality in a democracy is for the governor to give the court docket docket pronouncement some flesh by placing within the Oba who gained in court docket docket. Sadly Fayemi has elected to ridicule the hypothesis of the separation of vitality.
“We uncover it pertinent to applicable the impression being given in positive quarters that MURIC is supporting a specific political event. Fairly the alternative, our focus is the promotion of Allah-given fundamental rights of Muslims wherever in Nigeria whereas ensuring on the equivalent time that Christians and traditionalists have the benefit of equal rights as successfully. Furthermore, we’ve got now on a regular basis supported good governance, integrity and transparency and we’ll proceed to do this regardless of the political event in vitality at federal and state ranges.
“As we drop the anchor, we value Governor Kayode Fayemi to dismiss the committee reviewing the selection of the Courtroom docket of Attraction on the ascendance of Oba Azeez to the throne of the Alawo of Awo. Something smirks of spiritual bias and govt impunity.”