September 29, 2020 4:34 pm by suleiman.shehu
By Suleiman Shehu
Ibadan, Sept. 29, 2020 The National Council of Muslim Youths Organisation (NACOMYO) and Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria ( MSSN) in Southern Nigeria The National Council of Muslim Youths Organisation have dissociated themselves from the call for the creation of Oduduwa Republic.
The two bodies, representing the Muslim youth and students in Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Lagos, Ekiti, Osun, Edo and Delta States, stated this at a news conference on Tuesday in Ibadan.
The Amir (leader) of MSSN B Zone, Alhaji Qoasim Odedeji, who spoke on behalf of the bodies, said that the call for secession and creation of Oduduwa Republic by the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) was “ill-motivated and devilish’’.
Odedeji said that the agitation by YWC was a call for war and bloodshed.
According to him, the Muslim organisations will not allow individuals or group of people to use their own selfish interest to drag the Muslims into war.
“It has become worrisome and the need for our intervention when the secessionists, in their cunning way of claiming the support of Muslims, suddenly gave birth to a `Yoruba Jamatul Islam’, a faceless group, existing only in the imagination of their fake sponsors.
“We, like many other Nigerians, are worried and concerned that Nigeria, as a nation, despite its endowment with human and natural resources, has become beset with poverty and insecurity, but we do not believe that secession is the answer to our multi-facetted problems.
“This agitation is capable of throwing the nation into another round of war and bloodshed, as experienced in the agitation for sovereign state of Biafra, Soviet Union and recently, Sudan, among others,’’ Odedeji said.
He said it was wrong for the YWC to speak on behalf of the entire Yoruba people on such a serious issue like secession without the consent and approval of critical stakeholders.
“We, on behalf of the entire Muslim students and youths of Yoruba land, state that there is strength in togetherness. We believe in Nigeria and say ‘No’ to secession; ‘No’ to Yoruba Republic,’’ Odedeji said.
He appealed to Nigerians to work towards ensuring the development of one country, adding “nations are built on visions, ideals and values’’.
Odedeji called on Nigerians, especially Yoruba brothers and sisters, to shun the planned rally, slated for Oct. 1, by the YWC in the name of Oduduwa Republic.
Also speaking, Alhaji Abdul-Wabeed Lawal, a member of Political Awareness Group, said that the position of the Muslims in the South West was that they were not in support of the creation of Oduduwa Republic.
According to Lawal, Islam forbids Muslims fighting in the name of ethnicity or tribalism.
“Prophet Muhammed says whoever fights and dies on the basis of ethnicity or tribalism is not a Muslim. So, we don’t want to lose our faith.
“We agree that there are challenges in Nigeria but this should not be resolved by war. We have to sit together and resolve it,’’ Lawal said.