Islamic body seeks removal of Taraba SSG over alleged hate speech
In the said recorded audio, the scribe was quoted to have allegedly cast aspersion on Muslims and the Islamic religion.
The leadership of the Muslim Ummah, at a press briefing yesterday in Jalingo, condemned the development, noting that the remarks were capable of precipitating crisis and endangering the fragile relationship between the two major religions in the state.
The action, it warned, could thwart the re-election of the governor, adding: “We are no longer comfortable with the SSG.”
The council’s secretary, Muhammad Chindo, said: “The attention of the Muslim Council has been drawn to the audio recording between the Secretary to the Taraba State Government, Mr. Anthony Jellason, and a female artiste, Sadiya Gombe, making the rounds where the SSG openly declared his hatred for the Muslim Ummah in the state and Islam in general.”
According to the Islamic body, this hate speech is capable of causing crisis and further causing division in the state. That is why we are calling on the governor to tread the right path by removing him from office as the SSG of our dear state. “
But in a swift reaction, the embattled Jellason, who expressed surprise at the whole episode, denied the allegations, stating: “The people of Taraba State have grown beyond this elementary sentiment and mischief.”
Wondering why some persons would go as far as tarnishing his hard-earned reputation, he averred: “By virtue of my position in government and with elections around the corner as well as my cultural, religious and social background, I would not have possibly said I hate Muslims.”
The SSG added: “The promoters of hate speech, who are desperate to drag me into unnecessary controversy, have misinterpreted ‘I don’t want Hausa Music’ to mean ‘I hate Muslims’
“I have Muslims in my family (blood relations) and I have over the years build bridges across ethnic and religious lines. Anybody, who thinks he or she can use religion against me and Governor Ishaku to win sympathy at the elections, should have a rethink of strategy.”
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