Olasupo Ayokunle, the national president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, replies Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on his constant attacks on the Christian community in the country and recent attempts to dismiss Islamisation plot of the Muhammadu Buhari regime.
In a statement, e-mailed to The Trent on Wednesday, November 1, 2017, personally signed by Reverend Ayokunle, the CAN president restated the evidence of a move by Islamists in government to Islamise Nigeria and called on Professor Osinbajo to educate himself or stop proving his loyalty to Buhari by slamming Christians in the country.
Below is the statement:
I think I have to speak at last in response to what His Excellency, the VP, Prof Oshinbajo said which seemed to be a misunderstanding of CAN leadership’s position on the collaborative grand plan to Islamize Nigeria.
First of all, his statement may be based on his lack of enough facts on the subject matter of the grand plan of Islamization of Africa and Nigeria in particular in which the government of Nigeria has been collaborating with OIC & Islam in Africa Organization. The OIC met in London in 1983 with a follow up meeting in Nigeria in 1989 and with a communique to Islamize Africa with Nigeria capturing a great attention. You can read this in Wikipedia or browse for OIC’s Conference in London, 1983 and Abuja Declaration of 1989. Nigeria was later made an observer member of the body (OIC) through Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. Later under Abacha, a Muslim again, we were made full member in total violation of the constitution that the nation is secular and our government should not be religiously partisan.
Thereafter, different administrations in Nigeria started drawing us into joining different Islamic organizations in keeping with the resolutions of OIC & Islam in Africa Organization(IAO). (See their communique tagged ‘Abuja Declaration of 1989).’ We are not opposed to Islamic Evangelism by the Muslims if it has no violence in it as we Christians are also been evangelizing the nation through peaceful means of revivals and gospel rallies. But we are opposed to our government shifting attention to Islamic resolutions of Islamization by making Nigeria, a non-Islamic Republic a member of Islamic Organizations. It is a tacit support for Islamization.
Let our VP who is a constitutional lawyer address that and do something about it. Apart from this, why did the government of Nigeria in the past donate twenty one billion dollars to Islam in Africa Organization? Let the VP cross-check whether that was true or not and give us an answer. This fact is on Net and can be verified. Is that not as well tacit support for Islamization? In the VP’s latest address in Lagos, he did not tell us why government of Nigeria started to be active in Islamic Alliances and organizations in total violation of the constitution. It is not about the benefit we would derive from Sukkuk Bond or lack of it, it is about the constitutionality of it. Is it constitutional? Was it not part of the resolutions of OIC & IAO that adoption of Islamic sharia compliant financial system should be vigorously pursued for all governments in Africa?
Furthermore, why has the present government joined Islamic Military Alliance against terrorism? Are we an Islamic nation? Can’t we fight terrorism without joining Islamic coalition? Why is the government careless about heating up the polity? Can’t the government be more circumspect in a multi-religious nation. Is the government’s participation in Islamic Sports Federation not part of what OIC set up to Islamize many countries?Why was Nigeria led into membership? Who gave the approval and who was consulted before participation?
Muslims in Nigeria can be part of all the above but not the Nigerian government. Enough is enough! I know the VP must satisfy his principal that he is loyal but that is not at the expense of our religious freedom and violation of the constitution. If CAN has its problem, there is no organization without its problems, that will be addressed differently. As a Christian too and member of CAN, let him be more feasible in offering his on positive contributions to CAN but not on the pages of newspapers.
We love Nigeria and we are shouting that government must do something to constant attacks of Christians and predominantly Christian communities all over the nation. Why has this government not arrested the murderous herdsmen killing and maiming people in communities? Why didn’t the VP address this? The nation deserves more from him!