Olayomi Koiki, media aide to Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho), has stated agitations for self-determination don’t deter anybody from practising their religions, together with Sharia in the event that they so want.
Talking in an interview with SaharaReporters on Friday, Koiki stated the Yoruba nation would respect the rights of adherents of the assorted religions.
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) had earlier requested these agitating for the Oduduwa Republic to state what they’ve in inventory for Muslim kids and ladies within the South-West and their plan for hijab.
In an announcement by the director of the group, Ishaq Akintola, MURIC, on Friday requested if the agitators have any provision for civil Sharia which “Yoruba Muslims have been demanding for ages.”
The Islamic group stated it was drawing the eye of the agitators of the Oduduwa Republic to the plight of Muslims in Yorubaland.
It acknowledged that leaders of the teams agitating for breakaway should admit that there’s a pressure in Christian/Muslim relationship within the South-West and should proffer options to handle it.
However reacting, Koiki stated the decision for self-determination doesn’t cease anybody from practising their faith.
He drew an analogy about the UK, the place adherents of assorted religions dwell in peace with none spiritual sentiments.
“I’ve lived in the UK for the previous 22 years and we now have Hindus; we now have every kind of religions dwelling in peace doing related issues, working in that nation with no struggle, with out insulting or disrespecting one another. So our name for self-determination doesn’t have an effect on anybody’s faith. Everybody shall be allowed to practise their faith; whether or not you wish to practise Sharia, it is completely as much as you.
“However take a look at Nigeria; if I wish to dwell in Kano, I’m not allowed to promote pork. Individuals are being pressured to quick in Kano, and we name this nation a secular nation. That is to indicate that Sharia regulation is being pressured on individuals, regardless of their faith. Even Saudi Arabia doesn’t practise their faith the best way it’s being practised right here on this nation, the place individuals are maimed and killed for the sake of faith.
“In 2018, Christians have been killed in Benue as a result of the individuals who killed them consider they personal the land. In case you take a look at the Southern a part of the nation, whilst a Muslim, your faith appears totally different from that of somebody from the North as a result of the Northern Muslims consider you will need to adhere to a selected gown code.
“If I wished to dwell with my spouse in Kano and demand she should put on a jean, that isn’t tolerated in Kano. But, they may settle for cash accrued from gross sales of alcohol and use it to develop Kano. These are areas we now have checked out to say we’re significantly better to separate the nation. If within the nearest future I determine to dwell in Kano, I’ll obey their legal guidelines however in the mean time, Kano doesn’t respect me as a Yoruba man to dwell there and determine what sort of enterprise I wish to do.”
When requested about particular dates for the one-million march the Yoruba group had deliberate prior to now, he stated, “We observe the instructions from our chief, so if our chief decides that we’ll maintain the 1 million march, we are going to.”
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