A nongovernmental and nonprofitable human rights organization in Nigeria that investigates cases of human rights violations, Ta’awunu Human Rights Initiative (THURIST), forewarned some group of masqueraders in Iwo against the well-known Islamic cleric Sheikh Muslihudeen Abdul Baqi Muhammad, and his congregation during a sermon at the Ajigbaagun compound in the town.
The Director General of THURIST-Nigeria, Barr. Sulaymon A. Tadese, issued the following statement in a press release:
“The Ta’awunu Human Rights Initiative had been informed of a disgusting act engaged by some set of Masqueraders in Iwo against the popular Islamic Cleric Sheikh Muslihudeen Abdul Baqi Muhammad also know as ‘SALAFY’ and his congregation during a sermon at Ajigbaagun compound Iwo at the early hours of Sunday 21st August, 2022.
“We have gathered information that some set of Masqueraders which include Kengelo, Sokoti and Lanyi had attacked one Asafa Taofeek an attendant of the public sermon by this Popular Islamic Cleric at the point of his usual place of public lecture.
“It should be noted however, that this set of Masqueraders are making a delicate move to disrupt the peaceful atmosphere of Iwoland which it is had always been known for, as this is capable of taking the town back to a start
“We equally wish to demand call on the Commissioner of Police Osun State to take a drastic move by effecting the arrest of everyone involved in this delicate act as a yardstick towards restoring normalcy in Iwoland.
“We equally wish to make It imperative on the Osun State Commissioner of Police to address this very burning issue as it is capable of undermining the the Security of the State which he had been assigned to protect.”
THURIST meets with representatives of the police commissioner
The Human Rights Group has been invited to a meeting with Iwo masqueraders and representatives of Sheikh Muslihudeen ‘Salafy’ on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at the Iwo Police Area Command as a follow-up to the petition filed against the Osun State Commissioner of Police regarding the despicable act of some masqueraders in Iwo who attack Muslims.
In a statement released by Azeez Ridwan, General Secretary, THURIST- Nigeria on August 25, 2022, it was stated that Masquerades members were cautioned against actions that might incite more violence in the state and that both parties were urged to maintain their status quo within the bounds of the law.