Buhari Breaks his word on Saudi Military Coalition
Please find below excerpt from an interview President Buhari had with Al Jazeera. Contrary to an earlier report in which he refused to make Nigeria join the Saudi led military coalition, the President in the interview insisted that Nigeria would go ahead, irrespective of the objection of other faith groups in the nation, particularly the Christians.
The Chairman of NCEF directed that this information should be passed on to the Elders for specific suggestions on how the new challenge should be handled. The Chairman pointed out that this is a serious issue that should not be glossed over. A situation in which the President of the country believes that the concern of over 50% of the population is irrelevant, spells grave danger for the country.
The response of the Elders shall be collated and a line of action shall be agreed upon.
… Buhari said Nigeria has enlisted in the Saudi Arabia Islamic coalition fighting terrorism, explaining that such step would help the country tackle extremism. He explained that the Lake Chad Basin Commission, comprising Cameroon, Chad, Niger, and Benin are also members of the coalition, which has deployed troops in the sub-region.
“We are part of the Islamic coalition because we have got terrorists in Nigeria, which everybody knows and the terrorists claim to be Islamic,” he said. “So, if there is an Islamic coalition to fight terrorism, we will be part of it because we are casualties of Islamic terrorism. “Boko Haram has declared loyalty to ISIS and ISIS is based in Islamic countries, and if there is a coalition to fight them why shouldn’t we be part of it, particularly when those fighting the country claim to be Muslims, although what they are doing is against Islam.”
When asked if non-Muslims would not feel that he is attempting to change the religious identity of the country, Buhari said: “Why can’t those Christians that complain fight terrorism in Nigeria or fight the militants in the south? It’s Nigeria that matters, not the opinion of the religious bigots.”
The Elders are requested to note the following disturbing events unfolding in the nation. A consideration of these other developments may provide a broad overview of the situation the Church has to consistently respond to.
- Attempt to include Nigeria in the Saudi Arabia led coalition of Muslim/Arab nations. (Mentioned above)
- Contemplation of SUKKUK loan. This is a debt trap that will surrender sovereignty of Nigeria to Islamic creditors.
- Contemplation of VISA FREE arrangement with D8 nations. (Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Nigeria)
- Attempt by 5 governors from the North to seek loan from Arabs. (One of the governors retorted to the rebuke of Senator Shehu Sanni that the Federal Ministry of Finance approved the enterprise.)
- The brutal crackdown on Shiites in which allegedly, over 1,000 unarmed Nigerians were killed by the military is a cause for concern. (If the present administration could sanction such attack on fellow Muslims, what would be done to Christians?)
- The relentless impunity of the Fulani herdsmen. A few days ago, in Benue State, they murdered over 300 Christians.
- The reluctance of the Federal Government to embrace true Federalism as contained in the National Conference Report is worrisome.
Culled from https://www.thecable.ng/buhari-saboteurs-team