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Taraba: Muslim Council again berates Gov. Ishaku over appointment of principal officers at State vasity

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Taraba: Muslim Council again berates Gov. Ishaku over appointment of principal officers at State vasity

Sylvanus Viashima, Jalingo

The Muslim Council in Taraba state has again accused Governor Darius Ishaku of insensitivity to the multi-religious and diverse ethnicity of the state in his recent appointment of principal officers at the state owned Taraba State University, Jalingo.

The Council had earlier addressed a Press conference where it faulted the appointment of Permanent Secretaries and heads of state owned tertiary institutions saying that the Muslim population in the state are grossly marginalized.

The Council made the fresh accusations in a press statement issued in Jalingo on Friday and signed by the Chairman and Secretary of the Council Khadi Abdulmumini Abubakar (rtd) and Alhaji Chindo Bose respectively and 18 others.

“Your Excellency may wish to recall a press release by the Muslim Council of Taraba State dated, 11th January 2022 on the marginalization of Muslims by the Taraba State Government in its various appointments. The appointments include twelve Permanent Secretaries among others.The Taraba State Government did not dispel the marginalization allegations raised in the earlier release, but still is reluctant to address the issues instead flagrantly continued with the marginalization agenda as portrayed in the recent appointments of Principal Officers of Taraba State University. 

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“The appointees are as follows: Professor Sunday Paul Bako Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Joseph Bibinu Registrar, Mr. Abraham Bagu Bursar, Mr. Israel Idris Librarian. All the above appointments were not based on merit rather were based on religious and ethnic sentiments/affiliations to Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku of Taraba State. 
“It’s worthy to note that some of the applicants who scored higher during the interview were not considered for the simple fact that they did not meet the qualification agenda of the Governor.

“The Council views the action of the Governor in the appointments of these Principal Officers as insensitive to the multi-religious and multi-ethnic nature of Taraba State. 
“Therefore, we wish to remind the Governor of the oath of office to which he swore that he will “do right to all manner of people, according to the law, without fear or favour, affection or ill-will. 
“In conclusion, the council urged the Governor to address the issues raised and review the contentious appointments of Permanent Secretaries and Principal Officers of Taraba State University among others in line with the Oath of Office he swore to guide him in the discharge of his duties to all Tarabans” the statement read in part.

Our correspondent recall that the earlier statement by the Council alleging Marginalization against the Muslim population in the state generated a lot of reactions and has pitched the Muslim Council against the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in the state.

The state government has however faulted the Muslim Council for taking their grievances to the Press rather than tabling them to the state governor who is in a position to address the issues.

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