Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State [New Nigeria Newspaper]

Muslims in Plateau State may have resumed clamour for a Deputy Governor's slot in the State's politics.

New Nigeria Newspapers report that the resumed agitations follow recent uproar against the choice of a Muslim running mate by the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir Elrufai.

New Nigeria quotes a Jos-based private Human Rights lawyer and community leader, Mr. Lawal Ishaq as saying since the advent of democratic rule in 1999, political elites in the state have "deliberately decided to set an agenda of exclusion against the Muslims.”

Meanwhile, Muslims according to Isaq make up about 40 per cent of the State's population.

He said, "If states like Gombe, Adamawa and Kaduna are having their governors and deputies being Muslims and Christians, why not also give the Muslims in Plateau State the political rights to actively participate in their governance, by having a Muslim as deputy Governor.

"The cries by some Christians that they will be marginalised by the Kaduna State Governor, is exactly what the Plateau State Muslims are suffering from.

“If the political development in Kaduna State, is an issue to Christians in the state, then such issue should be applicable in Plateau State.”

The State Coordinator of Muslim Rights in Politics for Justice and Equity, Mr. Auwal Usman, was however quoted in the New Nigeria report as saying, “we are working in ensuring that the status qou is reverted.

“We want to see the Muslims votes represented not only in the capacity of few commissioners and aids, but to that of deputy governorship slot in the state.”