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Some Islamic leaders in Nigeria have faulted a conference on Oduduwa Republic which had Aare Onakakanfo, Gani Adams as a keynote speaker .
The religious leaders therefore boycotted the seminar which they described as secession talks being championed by some agitators in South West states .
The Center For global Peace Initiative in collaboration with Centre for Policy intervention in Africa had scheduled the zoom webinar conference for Saturday , October 3, tagged, the great October conference with the theme “ Yoruba Muslims Vs Oduduwa Republic : clash of perspectives .
The Islamic leaders who were invited as panelists are ; Director of Muslim Rights Concern , Prof. Ishaq Akintola ; Chief Missionary, Ansar ud Deen Society; Sheikh AbdrRahman Ahmad ; Imam, University of Abuja, Prof. Taofiq AbdulAzeez ; Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Ibadan, Prof. AbdulHafeez Oladosu and Mufti, Conference of Muslim Organizations ; Sheikh Dhikrullah Shafi’.
The organizers also invited Prof. Yunusa Salami of the department of Philosophy ,Obafemi Awolowo University ,Ile-Ife as a lead presenter .
The religious leaders in a joint release, titled “ re: Yoruba Muslims vs Oduduwa Republic: Clash of Perspectives : A Disclaimer, dissociated from the conference which was later shifted .
They complained that the organizers failed to seek their consent before using their names for the programme .
They also object to what they called misplaced identification of the key issues in the conflict and the parties involved.
According to them , the conflict is between the Nigerian State and the promoters of Secession and the subject is sedition. We are, therefore, not parties to the conflict.
“ If there is merit in a debate on this subject, it should be between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the promoters , supporters agitators and spectators of the secession bid any of whom we are not.
The statement read patly “ we, the undersigned, hereby dissociate ourselves in totality with the advertised conference organized by Centre for Global Peace Initiative with the above Theme and scheduled to hold today and shifted for undisclosed reasons.
“Without prejudice to the apparent intention of the organizers to employ dialogue as a means of obtaining conflict resolution, we strongly object to misplaced identification of the key issues in the conflict and the parties involved.
“Another equally significant reason we are opting out of this debate is the methodology adopted. With Gratitude to Allaah and without undue pride, we are respected and self-respecting leaders of large congregations of Muslims not only in the South West Nigeria, but on global dimensions.
“ We feel severely and maliciously slighted by the manner in which we were virtually”conscripted” into this project without the expected politeness befitting our status. We do not expect a respectable and enlightened organization to project us, names and pictures, without any formal letter of invitation and express consent from us. This methodology is viewed by us as pedestrian, rude and denigrating. If other participants feel great about it , we are sorry, we feel, rather, insulted by it.
“Similarly, we believe that a debate should take place among equals and keynote address should be delivered and analysed on the basis of equal intellectual and other relevant standing. This is apparently missing in this arrangement.
“In the light of all these, we are constrained to disclaim any involvement, knowledge, support and encouragement to any activity related to or having semblance to edification and legitimization of Sedition which the debate appears to us to be.
“Above all, our umbrella organization, MUSWEN, has said all we need to say and there is nothing to add on this matter.”