Of the errors of the Muslim Yorubas peddling misconception and garnering sinews against agitations for Yoruba Nation
The reprehensible notion of the much yearned Odua Nation being a device to subjugate Yoruba Muslims is evidently flawed. And remains intellectually lazy until there are proofs that the biting hardships that coursed forth the agitation for secession are not hitting Yoruba Muslims equally!
But I’m not surprised, so was their disposition towards Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn, a security outfit many of them greeted with incipient hatred and on whose yet-to-be-birthed head they heaped too many calumnious plaints. Though that erstwhile notion of theirs strikes a giant anvil now. For they did not only later accept Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn, they committedly partake in it and praise its earthly refuge!
So in the wisdom of that hindsight, I do not suppose to think they won’t detour their newly found cause too, when, again, they are freed of the prejudicial logs to discern a future of (un)certainties.
The quest for the self-determination is a justified outcry finding answers to the question of the ravaging sociopolitical inequalities that are abhorred in clearest of Islamic jurisprudential terms. The many abhorrent prejudices of which these Muslims have not mooted to or succeeded in changing.
The opposing turns to the plan of Yoruba secession is hypocritical; that because the manmade sufferings and inequities of which the south is the sole preserve are displeasing values and mischiefs Muslims ought to be principled against, denounce and counter-preach even on the Minbars.
I do not know or suppose to understand the demagoguery or whateverelse could be pushing some Muslims to refute others striving to leave the inequalities which even their religion, Islam, detests and curses un-minced and figuratively!
Yes, I, too, have some reservations and misgivings about a part of the leadership and the protagonists and their ways of scheming the self-determination out, but to aim to kill it wholly is mischief-wreaking, hypocritically enslaving, and a force to keep acquiescing others against their wills, and that is ungodly. Unislamic!
Islam, in its entirety, is a religion of peace and equalities, not of prejudices or of forceful incapacitation! And with Muslims having this understanding, should any Muslim even support a government or a nation that lacks and frowns upon probity but puts, excessively, huge stocks on prejudices?
“For every one of you did We appoint a law and a way, and if Allah had pleased He would have made you (all) a single people, but that He might try you in what He gave you, therefore strive with one another to hasten to virtuous deeds”.
Hasten to virtuous deeds! That’s what the glorious Quran says. But it’s crystal glaring, I don’t need to tell further on how the government, from whom secessions are being demanded, have been any other vile things but virtuous!
So, why would some Yoruba Muslims hold briefs for the vile, ethnically-bigoted and prejudicial postures of the government? And or expect many displeased others to continue to be beholden to values that are, in outright, prejudicial, un-virtuous and inglorious?
Beating my reasons of partial support for the agitations may be possible, but what is unbeatable is the reason of equality the glorious Quran preaches— that the Fulanis or the north must be heading almost every vital position in the country or that they could unabashedly bear proscribed arms, assault others with illicit articles of violence and still be defended by the government?
The glorious Quran, on whose teachings every Muslim should subsist his/her living, is an undying, divine witness of equalities that must always bring to bear upon ALL HUMANS, but the dearth of which the agitations for Odua nation is contingent and substantively necessitated
It’s better our Muslim brothers and sisters reach for and rummage their conscience for their moral and religious compasses now, before cutting themselves loose and adrift on an uncharted ocean of prejudices. It’s best, Muslims toiling to bring to an uncertain halt the so much justified agitation which many are seeing as the last comforting resort, search their souls through the prism of abominable inequalities that birthed, moralized and normalized the secession quest. And in that noble endeavour I wish us all a success!