Oyo state government has said there was no truth in the allegation by a Muslim leader and Director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof. Isiaq Akintola appointments made by Governor Se Sei Makinde for the composition of Governing Councils of State-owned tertiary institutions was lopsided against Muslims.
The clarification was given by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Taiwo Adisa who said there was no sign of lopsidedness in the appointments.
In a statement on Thursday, Adisa said an analysis of the appointments released by the government of Oyo State on Tuesday indicated that out of a total of 41 appointees named into the Governing Councils of the different state-owned institutions, there were 22 Muslims, while the list had 19 Christians.
“It was illogical for anyone to imagine that in a state like Oyo, a government would play up religious differences and make nominations into critical institutions without sound judgment.
“There is no truth whatsoever in the allegation that the appointments into Oyo State tertiary institutions were lopsided against the Muslims.
“A peep through the list of appointees would show that for Ibarapa Polytechnic, out of the six appointees, there were three Muslims and three Christians. The same is also true of Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, Oyo, which had three Muslims and Christians apiece.
“The same is also true of Oke-Ogun Polytechnic which had three Muslims and Christians apiece. For the College of Education, Lanlate, there were three Christians and two Muslims.
“There were three Christians as against seven Muslims on the board of the College of Agriculture, Igbo-Ora, while the Polytechnic Ibadan had four Muslims and four Christians on its board,” he said.