The Council for Islamic Affairs, Ekiti State chapter, has urged Muslims not to sit on the fence before, during and after next year’s elections but rather contribute towards making the country’s democracy stronger.
At its monthly meeting held at Awo Ekiti, Irepodun /Ifelodun Local Government Area over the weekend, the council’s president, Alhaji Hammed Bakare, charged all Muslims to ensure more active participation in politics and all Islamic activities to gain more relevance in the governance of the state.
Other stakeholders at the forum urged Muslims not to sit on the fence before, during and after the elections but rather contribute towards entrenching the country’s democracy and the emergence of a widely accepted presidential candidate.
A Muslim scholar and secretary, Irepodun /Ifelodun Local Government Area, Mr Junaid Yunus, opined that Muslims would benefit more in politics by actively participating rather than being just observers.
He noted that Islam as a religion allows adherents to partake in politics with a view to making a positive impact on society rather than leaving it in the hands of adherents of other religions.
Meanwhile, Bakare congratulated the Muslim community in Ekiti State over the recent appointment of Dr Habibat Adubiaro as the Secretary to Ekiti State Government.
He hailed the Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, for heeding the calls of Muslims as regards the political appointment even as he hinted at more to come.
Daily Post reported that present at the meeting were executive members of the council, several Muslim organizations and stakeholders including Muslim women groups from various communities across the 16 local government areas of Ekiti State.