Islamic scholar and public commentator, Mr. Disu Kamor, says media reporting of claims that the governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, is fomenting a secessionist plot and promoting an islamization agenda is bogus.
Mr. Kamor who is Director of Media and Communications at the Muslim Public Affairs Centre blamed the “current allegations to opposition party members in Osun state” characterizing them as “men and women that have passed their political shelf life and working to cause more damage than they had time to do while in office.”
He said their strategy was carefully crafted to cause maximum panic in the state and indeed in the whole South-Western region and added that: “At last it is really up to the people of Osun state to act on the misinformation of secession and Islamization based on the records and precepts of their governor, and seek democratic ways of expressing their collective verdict.”
The Islamic scholar also wanted the media to be wary in its reliance on manipulative sources to advance political and social agenda that are capable of “causing undue panic and controversy over an issue that should ordinarily have been exposed as concocted lies.”
There are also subtle ideological issues involved, according to Mr. Kamor, who said using buzzwords like “Islamize” attempts to “mischaracterize Islam and disparage Muslims, and to create fear in the society” and he argued that this was a repeat of the situation when Shariah banking was introduced because as he said, “only in that case, the allegation was that it was the whole Nigeria that Muslims wanted to Islamize through Shariah-compliant banking, a position at best borne out of lazy and reductionist thinking.”
Mr. Kamor said he was pleased that “the governor has clarified the issue to the nation” and that those engaged in the excessive fantasy of forced Islamization of the country or any part of it when Muslims work for the common good of all should be exposed as evil-doers.”
Quoting Mohandas Ghandi, Mr. Kamor said “those who know how to think, need no teachers” suggesting that the Osun state government should remain focused on “the welfare and safety of the citizens” because those he called “political gun-slingers will continue to define themselves only in terms of their ability to cause mischief and division.”