TESCOM CBT: MURIC Commends Chairman, Pastor Alamu, For Making Adjustments Over Religious Contents,

By Henry Odeh

MURIC has reacted positively to the move by Oyo state Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) board, to effect necessary adjustments that will allay its concerns over religious contents found in job applicants Computer Based Test (CBT).

MURIC made this known in a statement issued on Sunday, 16th August, 2020, Director of MURIC, Professor Ishaq Akintola, commended the Executive Chairman of TESCOM for his exemplary behaviour.

MURIC thanked Pastor Akinade Alamu for addressing the core issue raised by the rights association.

He said: “Pastor Akinade comes across as the type of leader we need in this country. Nigeria needs a leader who is sensitive to the feelings of the people.

“We need a leader who will not ignore complaints but who will confront them frontally. The solution offered by Oyo TESCOM to our complaint may not be perfect, but nobody can fault the military dispatch with which it was addressed.

“We thank Pastor Akinade Alamu for displaying high level maturity.

“Instead of abusing or threatening us, instead of hiring a fiction story writer or fraudulently forming a fictitious 24-hour ‘Islamic’ organisation to start a dirty fight (just what some have done to hide their glaring oppression of Muslims), Pastor Akinade Alamu studied our grievance and took time to come up with a panacea. He set aside religious differences. He addressed the message and not the messenger. His language was refined, civil, diplomatic and parliamentarian. This is really commendable.

“Here is a big lesson for the governors of Ogun, Oyo, Ondo and Ekiti whose reactions to our criticisms have been undemocratic and nonconventional. The case of Oyo TESCOM and MURIC has proved that propaganda is not public relations.

“Leaders can stoop to conquer. Those in charge of public relations in public or private organisations must know this. Image makers must learn to respect the other side. Grandstanding and name-calling can only lead to the escalation of the crisis.

“MURIC will remain faithful to its motto, ‘Dialogue, Not Violence’. We are open to discussions before, during or after opening an issue. We are not rigid. Neither are we extremists. It is only our dectractors who want to give us a bad name. We will continue to peacefully coexist with our neighbours but on equal terms of mutual respect, i.e. without compromising Allah-given fundamental rights of Muslims.”

The Chairman of Oyo State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) had earlier yesterday reacted to the allegation leveled against the board by MURIC over religious contents found in applicants CBT which held on Tuesday, 11th August, 2020.

The allegation was made by an Islamic association, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on Friday, 14th August, 2020. MURIC alleged that Muslim candidates were made to answer questions on biblical stories.

But in a swift reaction, the Executive Chairman of Oyo TESCOM, Pastor Akinade Alamu, issued a press statement in which it explained that the incident was not deliberate. Oyo TESCOM blamed computer technicalities.

The statement which was signed by TESCOM permanent secretary, Grace Olabisi Oderinde, also said some Christian candidates were given questions on Islamic knowledge.

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