The PFN had based its agitation on the fact that only Muslims have been the governors of the state since return to democracy in 1999 and called for redress as if there is anything specifically wrong with the status quo.
To start with, I don’t know and may be somebody would tell me the qualitative difference between a pious Christian and devout Muslim or the difference between a spirit-filled child of God and god-fearing servant of Allah.
To me one is as good as the other and either would make a good leader. In Yorubaland, a typical family is, on average, equally populated by people of the two major faiths, and in some instances, a sprinkle of traditional faith practitioners and we have all lived in harmony.
True we are very religious but we are not fanatical about it – a development which underscores the fact the greatest number of inter-faith marriages are among the Yoruba. Really, I fail to see the point in insisting a person of particular faith should be preferred for election into public office for the purpose of balancing. Balancing what? What logic inheres in insisting on a person of particular faith?
For avoidance of doubt, I am a Christian, but it is immaterial to me if the next ten successive governors of Lagos State are Muslims. What matters is how credible honest, morally upright and responsible the candidate is. I want a person of vision, sincerity, hard-work, integrity, not necessarily a Christian, as a governor.
Somebody may argue in opposition that our constitution itself recognises right to religion and guarantees freedom from discrimination on the basis of religion, among other grounds. Beautifully said!
But the truth is that what the 1999 Constitution guarantees is freedom from discrimination on the basis of religion and not affirmative action on religious ground. These are two different things. Freedom from discrimination operates to bar situations when a person is denied his entitlement or rightful position on the ground of his religious conviction.
Affirmative action on the other is a policy of deliberate reservation of some posts, offices or benefits to some group considered underprivileged or discriminated against. There is no basis for affirmative action on the ground of religion in our law. Both Senator Bola Tinubu and the incumbent governor Fashola are Muslims, so what? Lagosians voted for them because they believed in them.
The agitation for a Christian governor may also be faulted on other grounds.
But wait, why should only the Muslim and the Christians monopolise the rotation, how about the traditional worshippers? Methinks they too should have a shot at the coveted seat, whatever is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander. Perhaps they too would have to rotate it among different worshipers of the deities in the pantheon.
How about starting with Sango adherents, then Ogun devotees would have their own slot and give the baton to Sonponno faithful who would also have the worshippers of Orisa Oko queuing up behind them!
Get more stuff like this
Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.