Igbos practicing Muslims in the south-eastern part of Nigeria have been complaining about their mistreatment and marginalization.
Some Muslims in the east who spoke with the Daily Trust Newspapers expressed their dissatisfaction with their lack of religious freedom. As a result of their beliefs, some people claim they are frequently denied basic necessities.
Sheikh Haroun Ajah, Vice President General of the Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), who was interviewed in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, stated they are being disregarded in areas such as appointment and other privileges enjoyed by others.
He bemoaned the fact that “Muslims do not have access to the civil service.”
“We don’t have access to political appointments, and we don’t have access to anything the government does. They would deprive us of our daily food if it was possible.”
He continued by saying that simply because they are Muslims, they are frequently referred as “Hausa.” “They describe an Igbo Muslim as Hausa when they see him.”
They failed to distinguish religion from tribe, according to him.
“They fail to recognize that Hausa is a tribe, that Igbo is a tribe, and that Islam is a method of spiritual connection with the Almighty. They refuse to acknowledge that before becoming Muslims, we were Igbos,” he explained.
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