The Osun State Muslim Community (OSMC) has called on the Police to ensure the prosecution of the masquerade who attacked Muslims while praying at a mosque in Osogbo, Osun State.
OSMC described the attack on Qamarudeen Mosque Ita Olookan in which the leader of the Muslim group, Alhaji Alfa Moshood Salahudeen, was killed and 14 others, including children and women, were injured as unfortunate.
In a statement jointly signed by the President of OSMC, Alhaji Mustafa Olawuyi, and the General Secretary, Alhaj Hashim Olapade, the Muslim community said the man who led the attack, Kayode Esuleke, must face the full wrath of the law.
The Muslim Community said that Esuleke, who is a Chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state, was boasting that he cannot be prosecuted because of his connection with the state government.
Olawuyi warned that the patience and tolerance of Muslims in the state should not be allowed to reach the elastic limit before security agencies would take necessary steps.
According to the statement, “Islam preaches peace and tolerance of other faiths, but this has been taken for granted by the Egungun worshipers for them to have the audacity of attacking a mosque during prayers.
“Unfortunately, there are very strong rumours that the leadership of the perpetrators of the dastardly act and their backers are going and boasting about that the case is just a child’s play that will soon be swept under the carpet.
“Osun State Muslim Community believes in justice, thus requesting the law enforcement agents handling the case to do the needful and ensure justice takes its due cause without delay.”
The Muslim community commends the state governor, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, for his timely intervention in ensuring treatment of those injured.
“While we ensure to do all things possible to reinforce peaceful co-existence by all and sundry, including all religious groups in the State, we demand prompt justice on this volatile issue as some people believe they are untouchable because of connections in high places”, Olawuyi said.