The Nigerian Christian Elders Forum, NCEF, is completely against President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to include Nigeria in the coalition against terrorism led by Saudi Arabia.
In a statement signed by its president Solomon Asemota and titled the Buhari’s resolve a lack of regard to the fundamental human rights of Nigerians, the group stresses that the president is neglecting the views of non-Muslim Nigerians who also played a part in bringing the APC to power.
In a recent interview with Aljazeera Television earlier this month, President Buhari announced that Nigeria was already a part of the Saudi-led alliance.
“We are part of it because we have got terrorists in Nigeria that everybody knows which claims that they are Islamic,” Buhari said.
“If there is an Islamic coalition to fight terrorism, Nigeria will be part of it because we are casualties of Islamic terrorism.”
President Buhari carefully explained that the country’s sole intent of joining the coalition was to fight terrorism when asked how Nigerian Christians will take the news of his joining the coalition.
“I have just told you it is the Boko Haram itself that declared loyalty to ISIS. Now, ISIS is basically based in Islamic countries. If there is a coalition to fight terrorism, why can’t Nigeria be part of it.”
In condemning President Buhari’s decision to join the coalition, NCEF said “Nigeria’s inclusion in the 1975 Organisation of Islamic Conference, OIC and the recent the Saudi-led coalition was an attempt by Muslim leaders to dominate the country, with the teachings of Islam”.
“Any nation in which Islamists believe that they are sufficiently strong to exercise influence rarely experiences peace.
“Mr. President should kindly remember that over 50 per cent non-Muslims of Nigeria did not vote for the nation to become Sharia compliant”.
“While Islam is a religion; Islamism, otherwise called political Islam, is a set of ideologies that hold that Islam is not a religion, but a political system meant to dominate the environment in which it is practiced”.
The group pointed out that the, “Attempt to fund deficit in the 2016 budget through issuance of Sukkuk loan which is a Sharia compliant loan”.
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Source: The Whistler