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Muslims in Margibi County have decried what they see as marginalization owing to the fact no one from the faith had ever been appointed to any position. Mr. Owandor M. Dunor, head of the Muslim Council of Margibi, questioned the county’s decentralization policy, saying that there is no decentralization of power in the county.

Dunor who spoke at a program in Kakata over the weekend said since the establishment of the County, Muslims have not served in any appointed position. “Muslims have been marginalized over the years in a sense that there has been no equal decentralization of power. I want to be clear that since Margibi was founded in 1984, Muslims have not held any appointed position in this county,” he indicated.

He is not impressed with the fact that politicians, those seeking elected posts for the presidency or the national legislature, seek their votes during electioneering periods but do nothing to seek their welfare, adding “the Muslim of the past is not the Muslim of today.”

Dunor further said Muslims today are yearning for development (human resource development, education, infrastructures and other opportunities), stressing whoever that wants to get into power be it Representative Senator or President, Muslims will want to have their needs address.

He said, “Muslims need education (schools), hospitals, radio stations and more besides, the rights of women.” “Pastors have been appointed in governmental positions in the county, as such we want Muslims and Imams to also be appointed in government.”

Not naming any pastor appointed to government in the county, the Muslim Council chair said Muslims will welcome and work with any representatives, provided they adhere to their promises.

He said a memorandum of understanding will be signed by all aspirants and incumbents, noting “if they can live by it, the Council will encourage every Muslim brother and sister to vote for that person.”

By: Moses M. Tokpah

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