An Islamic human rights organisation, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has described Senator Fatai Buhari (Oyo North) as an uncommon Muslim politician. According to the group, the description was based on the senator’s strong conviction of regular empowerment of his constituents. MURIC spoke as Fatai Buhari clocked 56 on Sunday.

In a statement on Tuesday by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, the group said:

“We felicitate with Senator Fatai Omotayo Buhari as he clocks 56. We have observed over time that something unusual is happening in the political landscape of Oyo State. We took our time to watch this emerging phenomenon and today we can confidently make a pronouncement after noting the consistency of this good tiding.

“Born in 1965 in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Fatai Buhari first emerged on the political arena as the commissioner for local government affairs. He became a lawmaker in the House of Representatives in 2003 and became a senator in 2015. His re-election in 2019 came with resounding victory at the polls having beaten his opponent with 18,338 votes. This overwhelming success at the polls confirmed his immense popularity.

“But MURIC was not surprised. We have watched from a distance as Fatai Buhari made performance in the red chamber and the empowerment of constituents his cardinal principles. Although the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) opposed his bill for mandatory debates among election candidates after passing the second reading, a bill for the establishment of the Federal University of Agriculture and Technology in core Oke Ogun axis, which he sponsored, has passed the third reading in Senate.

“There are also verifiable and eloquent testimonies regarding his efforts at giving back to constituents and empowering them. His empowerment programme on 16th February, 2017 at the NYSC permanent camp, Iseyin was so convincing that the former governor of Oyo State, late Senator Isiaka Ajimobi said inter alia, “… I can say it without mincing words that this empowerment is the biggest I have ever seen by any political office holder anywhere…’

“What else can one say when a single politician distributes 36 cars, 300 motorcycles, 300 sewing machines, 400 grinding machines, 40 deep freezers, power generating sets and13 electric transformers on a single day? As if that was not enough, Fatai Buhari topped the generous gifts with bursary and scholarship awards of N20,000 each to 200 students of  higher institutions. 200 widows also smiled to their houses with N25,000 each. He repeated the same feat and even more on September 3rd, 2020 by sharing cars, motorcycles, laptops, etc.

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