The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria B-Zone is deeply saddened by the recent attack of Muslims at Idi Omo Mosque, Ilare, Ile-Ife by some members of the Oro worshippers while they were at the Ramadan Tafsir. This attack on the Muslim community is a blatant affront to peace, dignity and humanity. It is unacceptable and unjustifiable that any group of people would unleash terror and violence on innocent citizens for their belief.
We hereby express our condemnation and indignation over this attack on Muslims by the Oro worshipers, where several members of the Muslim Community including the Imam were severely injured thereby devastating and traumatizing their families. This gross violation of the rights to life, liberty, and security of Muslims would not be tolerated at all.
We hereby call on the State Government and the Security agencies in Osun state to, as a matter of urgency, initiate investigation into this incidence and take decisive action to bring all the perpetrators of this dastardly act to book. We will not accept any attempts to sweep this matter under the carpet or shield those responsible from facing the full wrath of the law.
We urge the state government to work closely with relevant stakeholders to find a permanent solution to the issue of Oro worshippers and other cultural practices that threaten the peace and security of the state.
We also call on all stakeholders, including traditional rulers, religious leaders, and community leaders, to work together to promote peace and harmony in the state. We believe that everyone has a role to play in fostering peace, unity, and understanding among different religious and ethnic groups in the state.
Furthermore, we urge all members of the Muslim community to remain calm and peaceful in the face of this provocation. We must resist the temptation to take matters into our own hands and instead work towards ensuring that justice is done through lawful means.
We express our heartfelt condolences to the victims of this tragedy, and we stand in solidarity with all those affected by this senseless act of violence and the Muslim community in Ilare, Ile-Ife and across the state. We want to assure you that we will not be intimidated or cowed by the actions of a few misguided individuals who seek to sow discord and division amongst us.
In conclusion, we appeal to the state government and all the other stakeholders to do everything within their power to restore peace and harmony in the state. We cannot afford to allow religious or ethnic differences to divide us or escalate into violence. Let us all work together towards a peaceful and prosperous future for our state.
Barrister Qaasim Odedeji
Amir, MSSN B-ZONE
Secretary, MSSN B-ZONE
Brother Moshood Tahir
PRO, MSSN B-ZONE