By: Jaji J.O, Lagos

IT is indeed a sad commentary that most Muslims in positions of authority are just too eager to trade off their religion to protect a temporary status they think they have attained. They are just too willing at the least prompting to sacrifice their conscience on the alter of political expediency in order to make their only-God-knows paymasters and oppressors feel good. I ask myself what often is their motivations – or as it is in this latest case of Dr Adebule, what could have been her reasons? Or perhaps if I may add – what was she thinking when she made those unfortunate, condescending and contemptuous utterances on the programme YourView on TVC. That female Muslim students must remove their hijab at their respective school gates and are not to wear hijab in schools? – she definitely must be joking!

Would somebody remind her that the issue in question is that of fundamental rights to/ and freedom of religion as well as the right not to be discriminated against? Does she realise that her position is an affront against a subsisting unanimous judgement of the Appeal court on the matter which is yet to be set aside? Has she in the least imagined what untold fresh round of hardship and persecution her careless statement is capable of unleashing on innocent young Muslim students across the state and the attendant undermining consequences of such to the peace and tranquility of our dear state?

Indeed If she has some personal selfish political interest to protect, must that be pursued at the expense of the collective interest of the Muslim Ummah ?

One wonders how long the Muslim community would continue to tolerate these unwarranted onslaughts on Muslims when not asking for anything extra except the basic right to religion which all others readily enjoy. For how long shall we continue to put up with hypocritical attitudes and regular backstabbing from some acclaimed Muslims in positions of authority? I ask why are these so called Muslims always the most willing tools in the hands of some religiously intolerant ‘cabal’ – to do hatchet man’s job.?

Must the rights of Muslims be continuously ignored, sacrificed, jettisoned just to make some other people undeservedly feel good?

May we remind her like that, status, power, positions are but temporary and are granted by Allah. Therefore rather than see such temporary opportunities as sources of benefits they should rather see same as sources of trials for them and inevitably – the greatest potential sources of regret when misused.

It is therefore in her interest and in the interest of subsisting peace and tranquility of the state that she retracts those unfortunate statements and apologise to the Muslim Community for unjustifiably offending their sensibilities by her provocative pronouncements. More importantly let her seek forgiveness from Allah. He is indeed Oft forgiving Most Merciful.

Finally for the larger Muslim community, this is what you get when sound, competent, responsible and conscious Muslims continue to abdicate Allah’s given responsibilities by shunning politics and not getting engaged while claiming it is dirty. What a tragedy – when supposed best crop from the society leaves the greatest enterprise in human life to just anybody. How I wish they realise as in the words of Bertolt Brecht that : “the worst illiterate is the Political illiterate. He hears nothing, sees nothing, takes no part in political life. He doesn’t seem to know that the cost of living, the price of beans, of flour, of rents, of medicines, all depend on political decisions. He even prides himself on his political ignorance, sticks out his chest and says he hates politics. He doesn’t know the imbecile that from his political non participation comes the prostitute, the abandoned child, the robber and worst of all, corrupt officials , the lackeys of multinational corporations.”

A word is enough for the wise!

Jaji J.O

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