Muslims denied access from transacting businesses in the redemption camp, Ishaq Akintola alleges


The General Overseer of the RCCG, Enoch Adeboye
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The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has raised the alarm that the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) is preventing Muslims from entering its camp along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to conduct business at their banks or to visit their WAEC, JAMB, and other examination venues.

Prof. Ishaq Akintola, the director of MURIC, demanded the removal of exam centers from the RCCG camp on Monday.

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"Our office has been overwhelmed with complaints from Nigerian Muslims who were denied admission to the RCCG camp along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway."

"Among the complainants are Muslims who registered for exams administered by the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB), the West African Examinations Council (WAEC), and others.

"Attempts by applicants to enter the RCCG camp to inspect their examination sites are constantly thwarted by RCCG security personnel, who turn them away at the gates with unmistakable warnings that Muslims are not welcome inside the camp.

"The second set of Muslims who are not permitted entry are those who opened bank accounts in certain banks located within the camp, including Eco Bank, Unity, Guaranty Trust Bank, FCMB, United Bank for Africa, Zenith, and Access Bank. This nasty tendency has persisted for some time, but the number of complaints has increased recently," Akintola stated.

According to him, the development is repugnant and unsettling, and it is interesting to notice that this type of victimization stereotyping involving Muslims is occurring in Yorubaland.

"It is even more intriguing to note that the perpetrators of this abhorrent activity are Yoruba Christians and the victims are Yoruba Muslims. Those who assert that religious tolerance is widespread in Yorubaland are missing the point.

"However, there is a distinction in religious affairs, when they act as Christian or Muslim organizations or corporate enterprises." The same Christian instructor who lives in the same house as numerous Muslims without incident is also the same Christian teacher who will rip the hijab from the head of a female Muslim student in school.

Simply told, religious tolerance does not exist in Yorubaland. This is the absolute, complete, and unadulterated truth.

"The RCCG camp saga mentioned previously is a good illustration. The RCCG has utilized available resources to construct a large camp on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway. It has also provided the camp with essential infrastructures, such as a university, schools, clinics, banks, and residences.

"MURIC recognizes RCCG's right to perform all of these things but believes that the public should have access to them. Denying this access deprives the RCCG of a crucial social quality and function, namely neighborliness and service to the people. After all, numerous other entities maintain comparable facilities for public use.

"As a means of moving forward, we demand the removal of all public test centers from the RCCG camp. Because this camp practices religious apartheid, WAEC, JAMB, NECO, and other examination boards should delist it.

"Any individual or institution that submits a request to examination authorities to host examinations must provide access to the public, especially to the applicants. Anything opposite to this is arbitrary and foreign to the educational culture. A situation in which candidates of a certain religion are excluded from the examination site is unfair, unjust, and inadmissible by any measure.

"We warn Muslims to refrain from entering the RCCG camp. On private land, Muslims are not permitted. Muslims in the neighborhood should patronize banks and other businesses located outside the camp.

"However, we warn banks and other businesses located within the RCCG camp that they may begin to lose Muslim consumers if they remain there," Akintola advised banks to approach RCCG authorities in dialogue regarding this issue.

RCCG has not yet responded to MURIC's claim.

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