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Islamic group restates plan to promote peace

Osogbo –  An Islamic group in Osun, the Jamat’at Ta’awunil Muslimeen, on Tuesday said its focus was to promote peace and good governance in the country.

Alhaji Daood Imran, the National President of the group made the statement at a news conference in Osogbo on the alleged plan by Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun to Islamise the state.

A national daily had reported that the State Security Service (SSS) identified the sect as being used to carry out the plan.

The report also stated that the Director-General of SSS, Mr Ekpeyong Ita, compiled a report on Aregbesola which accused him of trying to create “Boko Haram” in Osun.

“The organisation is known for promoting peace and progress in the society, helping the less-privileged, promoting good governance and educational advancement,” the group said.

“It is against our vision and mission to work with anybody, government or non-governmental organisations to disrupt the peace of a peaceful state like Osun,” Imran said.

Imran said that the clamour for the use of hijab in schools was not new to the Aregbesola’s administration but had been on since former Gov. Olagunsoye Oyinlola’s administration.

He said that the demand for the female head-dress would continue,  as `hijab’ was a universal identity of Muslims and the right to use it, was constitutional.

While dissociating the group from Boko Haram, Imran said there were enough evidence to show that the group was not collaborating with it to cause religious crisis.

Imran advised the SSS to do a comprehensive investigation in order to get the facts on the allegation, even as the group vowed to continue to promote peace and unity among Nigerians.

In attendance,  were scores of Muslim faithful as well as human rights activists led by Mr Amitolu Shittu, National Coordinator Committee for Democracy and Rights of the People. (NAN)


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