Islamization, “Stealth/Civilization Jihad” And Divided Presidency: Prominent Groups Back National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF)

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Prominent groups, including the Ijaw Youth Congress; the Middle Belt Forum; and the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, have supported the National Christian Elders Forum’s warning to the Federal Government on the state of the nation.

The groups, in separate interviews with Saturday PUNCH on Friday, urged the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to ensure justice for all Nigerians, irrespective of their tribes or religions.

The NCEF had, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, raised the alarm over what it described as the “brazen” attempt at Islamising Nigeria.

Those who attended  the meeting included  a former Minister of Defence, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma (retd.); a former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife; a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Solomon Asemota; Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (retd.); and Gen. Zamani Lekwot (retd.)

The NCEF had said, “The real problem with the country is that Jihad has been launched in Nigeria and Islamists have been interfering in the governance of the country using ‘Taqiyya’ (approved deception) as ‘Stealth/Civilisation Jihad’ and Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen as violent Jihad, and are relentless in their pursuit of eradicating democracy in Nigeria.

“The objective of the Islamists (political Islam) is to supplant the constitution of Nigeria with Sharia ideology as the source of legislation in the nation. The conflict between democracy as national ideology and Sharia as a usurping ideology is responsible for the crisis unfolding in Nigeria. The nation is in the throes of Jihad.”

The spokesperson for Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, in his reaction, advised the Federal Government to heed the warning of the NCEF.

He said, “When people like retired generals Danjuma, Dogonyaro and the rest of them come out to make statements, you cannot see them as rabble-rousers or people who are trying to heat up the polity.

“I think the government should pay special heed to their statements and know that Nigeria is a secular state that must be maintained so in order to avoid implosion and destruction of the country.”

Also, the Secretary of the Middle Belt Forum, John Dara, said appointments by the Buhari administration had fuelled suspicion.
He said, “The concern of every statesman is to see prejudice and bigotry removed or minimised in our national life. Consequently, appointments and resource allocation should be on the basis of equity and fairness, not unduly tilted to favour one religion or ethnicity over and above others.

“The failure of this administration to consciously strive for balance and equity in appointments, patronage and resources allocation has fuelled suspicion and distrust in our national life. I will not be categorical about plans to Islamise or Christianise Nigeria as there is no proof of such conspiracies. May be the elders know something which I don’t know.”

Also, the President of the National Council of Tiv Youths, John Akperashi, said there had always been claims of plans to Islamise the nation.

He noted that Nigeria was already a member of the Organisation of Islamic Countries, adding that it started during the Ibrahim Babangida administration.

Akperashi stated, “Nigerians could not be compelled by any one individual to practise a common religion, be it Christianity or Islam.”

He warned members of the cabal in the Presidency not to put Nigeria into a problem, adding that Nigerians did not vote for them.

“Nigerians gave Buhari and Osibanjo a full four-year mandate. Anything short of this in whatever form or orchestrated disguise and manipulative indulgences, be it at the Senate or within the so-called powerful cabal, would be stoically resisted by the youths of this nation.”

When contacted, the Coalition of Northern Politicians, Academics, Professionals and Businessmen, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, said, “I will not dignify what those men said with a response.”

Commenting on the NCEF’s statements, the Secretary General,  Jama’atu Nasir Islam, Dr. Aliyu Abubakar Khalid,  said they [the statements] were “unfortunate.”

He said, “Instead of talking about Islamisation, let us talk about the issue as it is. Therefore, it is unfortunate for elders to behave this way.”
Source:http://punchng.com/jihaddivided-presidency-mbelt-afenifere-back-danjuma-others/
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