Muslim Rights Concern, an Islamic rights organisation has hailed the Lagos state Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu for appointing two Muslims is Tutors-General/Permanent Secretaries for education districts within the state.
Recall that Sanwo-Olu has appointed two school principals, Dr. (Mrs.) Shareefah Adejoke Yusuf and Mr. Amuni Abayomi Mustapha as Tutors–General/Permanent Secretaries in the state’s civil service.
The two appointees, wh2o are Muslims, were previously principals in Ansar-Ud Deen Senior High School, Surulere and Araromi-Ilogbo Senior Secondary School, Oko-Afo, Badagry.
Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, in a statement on Thursday commended the Governor for the appointment.
Professor Akintola while thanking the governor, asked for an even distribution of the position of tutors general and permanent secretaries in the six education districts in the state.
He said; “we commend the step taken by the governor. But like Oliver Twist, we will ask for more. Sanwo-Olu has given Muslims two slots out of six. There are six tutor generals in Lagos State and all six had been Christians since Sanwo-Olu became governor. MURIC and other Islamic organisations in the state had been clamouring for a fair redistribution of the six slots for years.
“In essence, three slots each should go to Muslims and Christians. While we thank him for what he has done so far, the governor still has to boldly redistribute the slots in the name of equal rights, fairness and justice. It was three on each side in the days of Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Babatunde Fashola. There is no reason why it should change.
“If Lagos Muslims want to be rigid, they can even demand all six slots in Sanwo-Olu’s second term because the Christians have monopolized the same six slots for four years. But we are not going to do that. Let the records speak for us.
“We call on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to balance the equilibrium as soon as he is sworn in for his second term by the grace of Allah by appointing one more Muslim as tutor general. There are more than enough Muslim candidates who are eminently qualified for that post.
Professor Akintola congratulated the newly appointment TGs/permanent secretaries and charged them to perform optimally.
He called on Muslims in the state to give the governor support and vote for him in his second term reelection bid.
“As we congratulate the newly appointed tutor generals, we charge Muslims in the state to give Sanwo-Olu their full support. This governor deserves our votes in the March 2023 gubernatorial election for two reasons. He has demonstrated goodwill towards us by appointing two Muslims as tutor generals and he has performed excellently as executive governor of the state.”