The Chief Imam of Ekiti State, Alhaji Jamiu Bello, on Friday, demanded that Governor Ayodele Fayose considered putting in a Muslim governorship candidate from his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, for the 2018 governorship election in the state.
He made this demand during the Eid-el-Adha prayer at the Muslims’ prayer ground along Poly Road in Ado-Ekiti.
The governor made a dazzling appearance in a full Muslim regalia with a fitting turban.
Bello, who is also the Grand Imam of the League of Imams and Alfas in the South-West, and Edo and Delta states, described the governor’s dressing as being in line with Allah’s instructions.
“This dressing shows that the governor is not discriminating against any religion. Your Excellency, your dressing is even in line with Biblical injunctions.
“If you check the book of Zechariah 3:3, the Bible says, ‘We removed unclean clothes from Joshua, we washed him clean and he was dressed with a clean turban on his head and God’s angel stood by him.’
“Our governor, as you have worn a turban, the angel of God is already with you and that is why you are succeeding in all that you do, against all odds,” he said.
He further stated that Fayose is known for fulfilling his promises and great performance as he urged him to consider producing a Muslim governor from his party, pointing out that the state had not produced a Muslim governor since it was created 20 years ago.
“We urge you, sir, if any Muslim is interested in the governorship election from your party, kindly support him to fulfil his ambition,” he said.
Fayose urged the Islamic clerics to always be truthful to their leaders, and preach values of justice and equality, promising in his capacity to fulfil their desire.
The governor, urged religious clerics to use their influence to reorientate the people towards maintaining love, peace, justice and equity for all, as they have more influence on the people than political leaders.
Fayose also urged the Federal Government not to hide under the fight against hate speech to oppress people, while enjoining Muslims to shun bitterness towards others.
He said that Muslims are very peculiar people and Islam is not known for violence. Therefore, all Muslims should abide by the doctrine of the religion and ensure that they live in harmony with everybody.
“We all have blood flowing in our veins and are first of all human beings before we chose our religion. So, God in us is more important than the religion. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom. We will continue to work together so that this country remain indivisible, but founded on justice and equity,” he said.