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An interest group, John Kayode Fayemi (JKF) Movement, has absolved Mines and Steel Development Minister Kayode Fayemi, of blame in the non-appoinment of Muslims from Ekiti State into the boards of federal agencies and parastatals.

The group faulted the claim by the President of the statechapter of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA),Alhaji Yakubu Sanni, who blamed Fayemi for the non-inclusion of Muslims among the 19 appointees from Ekiti State.

In a statement yesterday, State Secretaryof the JKF Movement, Sulaiman Nasir, said Fayemi could not have been responsible for the non-inclusion of Muslims on federal board appointments because “he has a track record of being Islam-friendly when he was governor.”

Sanni had complained of deliberate marginalisation of Ekiti Muslims in appointment into the boards of federal agencies and parastatals.

However,the JKF Movement said the minister was doing everything possible to address the complaints of Muslims which it described as “genuine and legitimate.”

The statement reads in part: “Our attention has been drawn to the latest communique of the Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs (Ekiti State) signed by its President, Alhaji Yakubu Sanni and Secretary, Alhaji Tajudeen Adejumo respectively.

“We wish to state clearly that the communique is a deliberate attack on the person of the Honourable Minister, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, by Alhaji Yakubu Sanni, who with all intent and purpose is biased because of his partisanship and preference for a particular aspirant.

“We want to point out that Alhaji Sanni came to the meeting with inciting documents and had already written the communique, which is an incitement against Dr. Fayemi blaming him for non-inclusion of Muslims into federal boards and that the minister thanked the President for this through a paid advert.

“We wish to state clearly that

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