It did not take long for returnee Ekiti governor, Kayode Fayemi to start facing the criticism that comes with his new office.

Less than a week, with only three appointments and one major decision – free education, the Muslim community in Ekiti state has rejected what they called lopsidedness in his appointments.

The state Coordinator of the state chapter of the National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations, (NACOMYO), Mr. Tajudeen Ahmed, made the displeasure of the group known on Thursday at a media briefing.

Before the briefing, they staged a protest at the Ado Ekiti Central mosque.

He described the appointments made so far by the new governor as not only lopsided, but also a grand plan to totally marginalise the Muslim community in the state.

The Muslim faithful said the appointment of the Secretary to the State Government, the Chief of Staff and the Chief Press Secretary was against balance and fairness against the Muslim community which Fayemi promised.

“The exclusion of Muslims from the principal officers of this administration is worrisome, unjust, condemnable and unacceptable.

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“The Ekiti Muslim community saw the appointments as a calculated attempt to exclude Muslims from the fundamental aspect of decision-making process in Ekiti State.”

“Excluding Muslims from the first three important appointments announced by the governor is shocking and highly disturbing to all Muslims in the state”, he said.

The group said Muslims in the state constituted about 40 per cent of the Ekiti State population and added that the governor was given their total support during the governorship polls.

According to him, the exclusion of the Muslims in this regard is a violation of the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended).

Only one thing can pacify them, the governor must ensure inclusion of Muslims in all future appointments to be made at both state and local government levels.

Fayemi on Tuesday night, after his swearing-in, appointed the trio of Mr. Abiodun Oyebanji as Secretary to the State Government; Mr. Biodun Omoleye as Chief of Staff and Mr. Yinka Oyebode as the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor.

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