Fayose Has Committed Sacrilege – Muslim Group
A Muslims rights group has accused Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State of committing sacrilege.
They claim he more an attire meant for an Imam on the last Muslims’ festival of Eid-el- Kabir.
The governor wore a full regalia, including a turban as an Imam to the Eid praying ground in Ado EKiti, the state capital last week Friday.
He later observed the Eid-el-Kabir prayer with thousands of Muslim faithful and witnessed the slaughtering of the ram by the Grand Imam of Ekiti State who also doubles as the President of League of Imams and Alfas in Southwest, Edo and Delta States, Sheikh Jamiu Kewulere.
The Imam, who praised Fayose (who is a Christian), for dressing in an Islamic way said the governor was fulfilling the injunction of Allah by not discriminating against those who belong to other religions.
Kewulere said: “This dressing shows that the governor is not discriminating against any religion. Your Excellency, your dressing is even in line with Biblical injunctions.
“If you check the book of Zechariah 3:3, the Bible says: “We removed unclean clothes from Joshua, we washed him clean and he was dressed with a clean turban on his head and God’s angel stood by him.
“Our governor, as you wore the Turban on your head, the angel of God is already with you and that is why you are succeeding in all that you do, against all odds.”
However, the Muslims Rights Concern (MURIC) headed by Islamic scholar, Professor Ishaq Akintola has insisted that Fayose who is a Christian governor should not have worn that dress to the praying ground.
The group described the governor's action as highly sacrilegious and unduly provocative.
The group in a statement on Wednesday said that Fayose cannot pretend to be a friend of Ekiti Muslims when he has demolished mosques.
The statements read:
“The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, appeared on Eid ground dressed in Islamic regalia, including a turban on Friday, 1st September, 2017.
“Mr. Fayose also delivered a politically-motivated speech at the Id ground. The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) strongly condemns Fayose’s action. It is highly sacrilegious and unduly provocative. It is Act I, Scene I in the Theatre of the Absurd.
“Governor Fayose cannot pretend to be a friend of Ekiti Muslims. He has delivered several anti-Muslim speeches and uttered several hate pronouncements targeted at Nigerian Muslims. His general attitude and body language to Muslims of Ekiti belie his status as the state governor.
“He has also demolished mosques out of sheer desire to eliminate all Islamic landmarks in Ekiti. So, who is Fayose deceiving?”