Supreme Council for Shari’ah in Nigeria, SCSN, on Sunday said Muslim votes gave victory to President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the March 28 presidential election.
Addressing participants at pre- Ramadan conference held in Kaduna, SCSN President, Dr. Ibrahim Datti Ahmad, called on President Buhari to correct the imbalance in both military and para-military recruitments against Muslim in the country for justice and fairness.
Datti said the new government must invoke the constitutional provision on federal character, by taking census of all key establishments and re-organise the Federal Character Commission to address anomalies against Muslims.
Datti, who led unsuccessful peace deal between Boko Haram and the Federal Government during the immediate past administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, revealed how his group and other Islamic organisations championed major role for APC’s victory in the last polls.
His words: “The fact that our Christian brethren are more united, organised and focused is sadly a reality we all recognise. However, with this council’s realisation of this about 12 years ago and our determined effort to forge a united front with other Islamic organisations and our Muslim brethren especially in the South West, irrespective of tribe, culture or geography, we were able to bring our numerical strength to positive advantage.”
“But this should only be the beginning, now is the time to start a systematic process of organising ourselves at all levels to nurture and consolidate on this gain to achieve a lasting and fruitful brotherly partnership.”
Datti added: “Muslims have been at the forefront of the clamour for change, essentially because successive leaders since 1999 have not been fair to them. And fairness in addressing deliberate progressive marginalisation of Muslims in the most strategic services, the armed forces, police and the intelligence agencies”
He further called on President Buhari to liberate Muslims: “If as Muslims, we can sleep, in callous indifference to the thousands of Muslims killed in Mambila Plateau, Numan, Wase, Jos, Zangon Kataf, Kafanchan, Kaduna and the plight of over 100 Muslim women and girls still being held by Christians in Plateau as Ganimah after the 2004 massacre in Yelwan Shendam”