The Muslim Rights Concern has admonished the West African Examinations Council not to use Ghana as an excuse to fix papers for the time for Jumat prayers on Friday.
The examination body had on Monday defended its position on the movement of Chemistry from a Friday to a Tuesday and its replacement with Electronics and Social Studies on the fact that it was not being offered in Nigeria but Ghana.
MURIC, in a statement by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola, on Tuesday said WAEC’s explanation was lame as there are also Muslims in Ghana.
The statement said: “The Director of Public Affairs, West African Examination Council Nigeria, Demianus Ojijeogu, yesterday argued that Electronics and Social Studies, which the examination body fixed for the Jumat period on Fridays are not for Nigeria but Ghana.
“The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) contends that this argument is escapist, lame and therefore untenable. It is a weak after-thought and a poorly presented case of divide et impera.
“Is WAEC telling us that there are no Muslims in Ghana? As a regional examination body, WAEC is not expected to isolate any minority for persecution. But this is what WAEC is doing. Using Ghana as an excuse has just exposed WAEC.
“WAEC just shot itself in the foot! Does WAEC expect MURIC to keep quiet when Muslim candidates in Ghana are being oppressed? For the avoidance of doubts, Ghana’s population which was 28.21 million as at 2016 has 25% as Muslims. Christians are 41% while traditionalists are 23%. Others are 9%.
“WAEC has just confirmed that it has been depriving the 25% Muslim population in Ghana of its Allah-given fundamental human rights. The Muslim candidates are forced to write examination during Jumat period because nobody will fight for them.
“MURIC condemns WAEC’s attempt to use divide and rule tactics. The Muslim candidates in Ghana are Muslims and we will resist any attempt by WAEC, or anyone for that matter, to isolate them for persecution. We do not see them as Ghanaians. We only see them as Muslims.
“WAEC should know that Muslims all over the world are one indivisible entity. We observe the same five daily prayers at the same time. We face the same Qiblah when praying. We have one and the same Qur’an. We all recognize only one Ka’abah. Islam knows no local government, state, geo-political, national or regional boundaries. That is why the Qur’an says, ‘Verily indeed this your community is one and I am your Lord, therefore worship Me (Qur’an 23:52).’
“Furthermore, information technology has reduced the world to a global village. This makes it difficult for any tyrant to operate freely for too long. WAEC should note that like people of other faiths, Muslims also network and today there are Muslim groups in social media with membership spreading across Uganda, Ghana, Liberia, and to Europe and other continents. Just like the golden fish, therefore, WAEC should realize that it has no hiding place. The game is up.
“MURIC asserts clearly, emphatically and unequivocally that it is on a mission to liberate. Just as the Qur’an declares that the world’s Muslim Ummah is one so is our constituency global. We are therefore committed to the liberation of Muslims and all other oppressed people in any part of the world. Neither is our intellectual jihad restricted to the emancipation of Muslims alone. It extends to people of all faiths.
“Our vision of Nigeria is that of a nation where Muslims, Christians and Traditionalists live together in peace and harmony, a nation in which no one is oppressed on account of faith, class or ethnicity. We are middle-roaders and socio-intellectual jihadists fighting corruption and extravagance, seeking freedom of worship for all, emancipation for the oppressed, justice for the persecuted, food for the hungry, healing for the sick, clothing apparels for the naked and shelter for the homeless.
“In our concluding remarks, we charge WAEC to always look at the bigger picture, to think out of the box and to open its windows wide in order to accommodate candidates of all faiths without any discrimination. We urge the regional examination body to shun any situation capable of igniting crisis in the forthcoming June/July 2018 examination. WAEC is therefore advised to properly adjust its timetable now since its examination is expected to start in two weeks (from Tuesday 3rd April, 2018).”