In a strong statement released today, the Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) has denounced the unfortunate incident that unfolded during the Eid-el Kabir prayers at the Osogbo Central Eid Praying Ground. The religious group expressed deep concern over the attempt to introduce partisan politics into a sacred religious arena.
Alhaji Rasaki Oladejo, the President of MUSWEN, highlighted the regrettable nature of the clash, emphasizing that it should never have occurred in a place of worship. He expressed disappointment that a disagreement over sitting arrangements escalated into unnecessary chaos, tarnishing the sanctity of the occasion. Oladejo emphasized that such incidents amplify the distressing chasm that political intolerance has created in the country.
The statement issued by MUSWEN reads, “The Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) strongly condemns the Sallah Day incident that almost disrupted the peaceful observance of the Eid-el Kabir prayers at the Osogbo Central Eid Praying Ground. We consider this incident a deplorable attempt to inject divisive politics into a sacred religious space.”
Furthermore, the statement reflects on the deep-rooted principles of unity and brotherhood within the Muslim community, as enshrined by Almighty Allah and exemplified by the revered Prophet Muhammed. It emphasizes the need to uphold these principles and reject any actions that sow discord among Muslims.
The clash between a supporter of Osun State Governor, Mr. Muniru Raji, and Dr. Ajibola Basiru, the immediate past spokesperson of the Senate, serves as a stark reminder of the concerning level of political intolerance prevailing in the country. MUSWEN urges all Muslims to remain steadfast in promoting harmony and unity, resisting attempts to disrupt their shared religious values.
As the nation grapples with various challenges, it is essential for religious spaces to remain sanctuaries of peace and unity. MUSWEN calls upon individuals and stakeholders to foster a spirit of understanding, respect, and tolerance, reinforcing the universal brotherhood that defines the Muslim faith.
- The Muslim Ummah of South West Nigeria (MUSWEN) condemns the disruptive incident that nearly marred the Eid-el Kabir prayers at Osogbo Central Eid Praying Ground.
- MUSWEN expresses regret over the attempt to introduce political discord into a sacred religious environment.
- The incident highlights the concerning level of political intolerance in the country and its impact on unity within the Muslim community.