Nigeria’s Christian Body expresses worries over President Buhari’s meeting at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

President Muhammadu Buhari at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC)

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has vehemently condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s meeting at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

Buhari had barely 24 hours after his inauguration as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for second term traveled to Saudi Arabia for the OIC meeting.

CAN expresses worries over an alleged islamisation agenda and described Buhari’s visit as unconstitutional.

Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, the Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the President of CAN, Rev. Samson Ayokunle, in a statement few hours ago asked if the President would also attend the meeting of the World Council of Churches.

Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, a Southern Christian, had however in 2013 when he was still in power attended an OIC meeting held in Cairo, Egypt.

Ex-President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan at the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Cairo, Egypt, in 2013 – IMAGE SOURCE: APC Nigeria/Twitter

President Buhari is a Northern Fulani Muslim, which is apparently why there are speculations over his mission to the OIC meeting a day after his inauguration as president.

Many also said that Nigeria is a secular state and should therefore not be part of the Islamic Organisation.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had few weeks ago alleged that there was an agenda to Fulanise and Islamise Nigeria. A statement the Federal Government of Nigeria vehemently condemned and described as divisive.

“With all the cries we have made about the unconstitutionality of Nigeria’s membership of the OIC, going for such conference was still the first assignment of President Buhari after being sworn in,” CAN said.

“Are the government officials listening to those who voted them into power at all? Is the government not heating up the polity?

“We wonder if the President is ready to attend the meeting of the World Council of Churches or be asking the Vice President to represent him whenever the members meet,” the Christian Association added.

CAN also noted that the head of security agencies in Nigeria should not be dominated by Fulani Muslims as the president.

Apart from the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chief of Naval Staff, it appears almost all the other security departments are headed by Northern Muslims. A situation that apparently causes panic among Southern Christians.

“The preponderance of the Fulani people at the corridors of power is what Chief Olusegun Obasanjo referred to as Fulanisation agenda.”

“The likes of Obasanjo are treated as honourable statesmen in the United States and the United Kingdom, but here, we abuse our former leaders whenever their thoughts are critical of the government’s actions or policies. This exposes us as a people that have lost their moral values,” the group stated.

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