Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has re-echoed its call on West African Examination Council (WAEC) to adjust its time-table to leave out Fridays.
Urging the body to accommodate candidates of all faiths, it warned WAEC against igniting crisis by reviewing its schedule of the examination which starts from Tuesday, 3rd April, 2018.
Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC Director, in a statement on Tuesday, said this in reaction to WAEC Director of Public Affairs, who argued that Electronics and Social Studies, which the examination body fixed for the Jumat period on Fridays were not for Nigeria but Ghana.
But Akintola stated that the argument was escapist, lame, therefore, untenable.
“Is WAEC telling us that there are no Muslims in Ghana? As a regional examination body, WAEC is not expected to isolate any minority for persecution. But this is what WAEC is doing. Using Ghana as an excuse has just exposed WAEC”, he noted.
“WAEC just shot itself in the foot! Does WAEC expect MURIC to keep quiet when Muslim candidates in Ghana are being oppressed? For the avoidance of doubts, Ghana’s population which was 28.21 million as at 2016 has 25% as Muslims. Christians are 41% while traditionalists are 23%. Others are 9%.
“WAEC has just confirmed that it has been depriving the 25% Muslim population in Ghana of its Allah-given fundamental human rights. The Muslim candidates are forced to write examination during Jumat period because nobody will fight for them.
“MURIC condemns WAEC’s attempt to use divide and rule tactics. The Muslim candidates in Ghana are Muslims and we will resist any attempt by WAEC, or anyone for that matter, to isolate them for persecution. We do not see them as Ghanaians. We only see them as Muslims.
“WAEC should know that Muslims all over the world are one indivisible entity. We observe the same five daily prayers at the same time. We face the same Qiblah when praying. We have one and the same Qur’an. We all recognize only one Ka’abah. Islam knows no local government, state, geo-political, national or regional boundaries. That is why the Qur’an says, “Verily indeed this your community is one and I am your Lord, therefore worship Me” (Qur’an 23:52).
“Furthermore, information technology has reduced the world to a global village. This makes it difficult for any tyrant to operate freely for too long. WAEC should note that like people of other faiths, Muslims also network and today there are Muslim groups in social media with membership spreading across Uganda, Ghana, Liberia, and to Europe and other continents. Just like the golden fish, therefore, WAEC should realize that it has no hiding place. The game is up.
“MURIC asserts clearly, emphatically and unequivocally that it is on a mission to liberate. Just as the Qur’an declares that the world’s Muslim Ummah is one so is our constituency global. We are therefore committed to the liberation of Muslims and all other oppressed people in any part of the world. Neither is our intellectual jihad restricted to the emancipation of Muslims alone. It extends to people of all faiths.”