The Nigerian Senate’s confirmation of ministerial nominations presented by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday, has left out the immediate past governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai. This delay has caught the attention of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), an Islamic human rights organization, which is now calling for an explanation behind the postponement of El-Rufai’s confirmation.
According to a statement released on Tuesday, August 8th, 2023 by Professor Ishaq Akintola, the Executive Director of MURIC, the delay in confirming El-Rufai as a minister has left the people of Kaduna State and Nigerian Muslims at large greatly disappointed. The statement notes El-Rufai’s pivotal role in rallying Northern governors for the Muslim-Muslim ticket during the previous election.
MURIC speculates that the delay might stem from either an act of retribution against the former governor or a reaction to protests by a segment of Shiites who demonstrated at the National Assembly on August 1st, 2023 against El-Rufai’s nomination. The organization asserts that whatever the underlying reasons may be, it is imperative for transparency to prevail to prevent any further escalation of tensions among the Nigerian Muslim population.
MURIC expresses confidence in the security agencies and relevant authorities to address the situation promptly and effectively. The organization’s plea for clarity and a swift resolution underscores the growing anticipation and curiosity of the Nigerian populace regarding the situation. As the uncertainty continues, MURIC emphasizes the significance of addressing the issue swiftly to ensure harmony and understanding among the Nigerian Muslim community.