Folarin and Zero Contribution to Islam in Oyo State By Kehinde Ayanboade

Religious affiliation is attached to moralities. It is believed that whoever belongs to a certain religion, imbibes the teaching of the religious doctrine and acts in accordance. On the other side, it is believed that whoever doesn’t belong to a particular religious group (atheists) lacks moral etiquette. In Nigeria, you are expected to affiliate with a particular religion before you can be tagged as a responsible member of the society. Meanwhile, it generates controversies and questions when people who claim to belong to a personal religion can reckon something next to nothing.

Three term Senator, Teslim Kolawole Folarin, who is the flag-bearer of the All Progressives Congress in the coming gubernatorial elections in Oyo State to everyone is a Muslim, and lately his camp has been hammering on his religious affiliation to win cheap points against the sitting Governor of the state, ‘Seyi Makinde who is a Christian.

This camp has come up to emphasise that members of Makinde’s cabinet are majorly Christians adding that the governor has since the inception of his government, marginalised the Muslim community in Oyo State. This camp also added that the deputy Governor of Oyo State, Barr. Bayo Lawal is a Christian. All claims by this camp have however been fact-checked to be unfounded, misleading and politically framed. The viral claims however called for the subjection of the coming APC administration in Oyo State and how they have treated all religions (fairly or unfairly) in their dreamed administration.

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Firstly, it is pertinent to note that all senatorial candidates who eventually emerged in the February 25th Presidential/ National Assembly Elections are muslims. Former Secretary to the State Governor, Barr. Sarafadeen Alli who is to represent Oyo South Senatorial District is a Muslim, Hon Yunus Akintunde who will be representing Oyo Central Senatorial District is a Muslim and three term Senator Fatai Buhari, who will return as a Senator representing Oyo North is a muslim.

Moreso, 6 of the 8 Federal House of Assembly Honourables who emerged in APC were all Muslims, in-fact, two of the two candidates of the All Progressives Congress in the two inconclusive Federal Representative elections were all Muslim. A matter that calls for questioning on if the All Progressives Congress and Teslim Folarin wants to Islamise Oyo State.

Is Teslim Folarin a True Muslim? A Question By Oyo Muslim Voters!

Checking into Senator Folarin’s acclaimed Islamic faith and contribution towards the development of Islamic religion in Oyo State, his scorecard will be scored nothing but zero. It can be concluded that the Muslim ummah in Oyo State has benefited more from non-muslims than Senator Folarin who is supposed to be their pillar of strength but has since been their weakness.

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Senator Folarin is a 3-term Senator representing Oyo Central senatorial district in the National Assembly. He is said to be living in highly luxurious and palatial homes equipped with imported equipment and facilities but never for once consider contributing anything to the religion he claimed to have affiliation with.

Senator Folarin for once never deemed it fit to send at least one Muslim for lesser Hajj (umrah) talk-less of the holy Hajj pilgrimage. Not even a single soul, even if it is a co-politician.

Senator Folarin never thought of dedicating at-least a 50 square metre land to build a mosque for fellow Muslims in Oyo State. These are remarkable achievements by meaningful people who are non–muslims who have been blessed by God and feel these are ways they can appreciate him.

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Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, when he was not nursing any ambition yet, commissioned the Omi tuntun mosque in 2013 and completed it in 2014. Makinde in his promise for Adogba Mosque promised to give a befitting and larger mosque before he finished his tenure. Makinde built a modern day Masjid for the people of Adogba Mosque, Iwo road with his ‘personal fund’ and this is the governor you want to vote out because he’s a Christian?

Like the candidate of one other party who was never seen in a mosque until he began his gubernatorial political campaign….




The answers to these conscience–provoking questions are not far fetched, they are in your mind and should lead you to the poll next Saturday especially if you are one of those who are religiously fanatic and believe religion should be a reason for your voting choice.


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