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Ondo: Group seeks Muslim Deputy for Gov Aiyedatiwa

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The Muslim Media Watch Group of Nigeria, MMWG, held that a Muslim should be appointed as the new deputy governor of Ondo state, now that Lucky Aiyedatiwa has taken over as the substantive governor. Specifically, in a statement jointly signed by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Ibrahim Abdullahi and the Ondo State Coordinator, Alhaji Ali Abdul-Yekeen, the group advised Aiyedatiwa to appoint the Muslim deputy governor from Ondo North Senatorial District, especially Owo, the hometown of the late Rotimi Akeredolu, in the spirit of inclusivity in governance, equality, justice and fairness. Past administrations in the state, including the military, appointed Muslim deputies, the group stated, asserting that repeating such action now would enhance religious tolerance, peace, stability and progress in the state. It was highlighted that balancing appointments religiously is a way of promoting peace, citing Lagos, Osun, Ogun and Oyo States as examples that Governor Aiyedatiwa should consider for promoting mutual understanding. The group called for mutual understanding among political leaders and warned that it is unfair and unjust for a single religious group to hold 10 topmost political offices in a state. It cited Ekiti State as an example where both the governor and deputy are Christians but a Muslim was made Secretary to the State Government, SSG. This, the group suggested, is a model that Ondo State should emulate.

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