The Muslim Community in Osun State has called for a free, fair and credible election void of violence and malpractices ahead of the September 22 Governorship poll.
The President, Osun State Muslim Community, Alhaji Mustapha Olawuyi made the call in Osogbo, at a press conference to mark the commencement of one-week activities of the Hijrah (Islamic New Year) celebration.
The theme for the Hij’rah 1440 A.H: is: Good Governance, Procedure and Processes: Islamic Perspective
Alhaji Olawuyi said the topic for the Hijrah Colloquium would be: Election Malpractices: Causes, Effects and Islamic Solutions.
“Islamic calendar begins with one of the most iconic events in history, Prophet Muhammad’s Hijrah (emigration) from Makkah to Madina to set up a new social order some 1435 years ago,” he said.
Alhaji Olawuyi stated that Hij’rah event has a lot to do with the coming election and that the Muslim Community had been able to enlighten the Muslim faithful on the needs for free, fair and credible election.
“Hij’rah celebration is to move people from what is bad to what is good and to also obey the teachings of the Prophets in the Holy Qur’an.
“We commend Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s thoughtfulness for declaring Hijrah Holiday to mark the event. This is equity and fair play in action. If our Christian Brothers could get 52 Sundays in a year as holiday and the Seventh Day Adventist has 52 Saturdays in a year, it will not be out of place for Muslims who are in the majority to have just a day to mark such an important event,” he said.
The president however warned that any candidate who toys with the education and hijab rights of Muslims would be voted against.
He stressed that Hijrah holiday has come to stay, urging the Nigerian Government and other states to emulate Osun by declaring the Hijrah day a free day.
Permanent Voter Cards
Alhaji Olawuyi also called on the electorates to visit any Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’s offices close to them for the collection of their Permanent Voter Cards.
”Vote for the best and God-fearing candidates…I am also urging security agencies to ensure the coming election is free, fair, credible, and peaceful,” he said.