Islamisation of Nigeria: I don’t have religious agenda -Buhari

By on April 5, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday in Abuja said that his administration did not have any hidden religious agenda as claimed in some quarters that he wants to Islamize Nigeria.

The President also called on religious leaders to work towards the broader goal of building a strong and unified nation, and avoid insinuations that could divide the populace, especially along religious lines.

Speaking while receiving a delegation of the Arewa Pastors Non-Denominational Initiative for Peace in Nigeria led by Bishop John Abu Richard, President Buhari said religious leaders have the responsibility of creating an enabling environment for peace and development to thrive. The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu said, “Some voices, for political or ethnic reasons are making unguarded statements accusing the government and myself in particular of religious bias.

“Let me assure you, honorable clergymen that this is far from the truth. In my career as a soldier, administrator, and politician, I have never veered from my oath of office. “When I had the honor to lead a Military Government there were more Christians than Muslims in the Federal Executive Council and the Supreme Military Council. “This was not by design but I appointed people on their merit without the slightest bias.

The present Federal Executive Council is also evenly balanced; again not by design but by respecting and rewarding individual qualities.” He said he was delighted at the proposition to hold a one day prayer and fasting meeting for the nation, April 26, 2018, assuring that he would direct the Inspector General of Police to provide adequate security for the gathering.

On the other hand, speculations has it that, going by the level of incessant killing in the Northern parts of the country and with its language by those carrying out heinous acts posits it is a step by the core Muslims to Islamize Nigeria.

You will recall that the umbrella body for the Christian Association of Nigeria has earlier stated to the vice president, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, urging him to stop discrediting the Christian body in his quest to douse religious tension in Nigeria and win the heart of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Presidency host Eid al-adha lunch at the Banquet hall, State House, Abuja Sunday The Vice President had last week stated at a public function that there was no agenda to Islamize Nigeria and that no one could possibly do so, just as he berated Christian leaders for raising false alarm on the issue. Meanwhile, the South South zone of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has commended Southern governors for their resolutions on the raging debate on restructuring the nation for effective governance.

The governors were commended during a strategic meeting of religious leaders in Warri, Delta State, which was attended by selected leaders of CAN, chairman of the group, Archbishop God-Dowell Avwomakpa, who commended the Southern governors for their initiative to meet after over 12 years in the wilderness. CAN also urge Nigerians to remain steadfast that better days are ahead to come as God never forgets his children.

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