Monday, 10 September 2018

"I do not intend to Islamize Nigeria" - Buhari against Catholic bishops

There is no plan to Islamize Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari said yesterday to Catholic bishops in Sokoto.

During the Catholic Episcopal Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), the president said that in some circles the propaganda and the story contradicted, but there were no indications that the current government was out to Islamize Nigeria.

He observed with dismay that such negative propaganda and allusions were propagated by outsiders.

According to him, such religious propaganda caused mistrust and distrust, which led to discord and disharmony in the country.

Buhari, who spoke through the Secretary of the Federal Government (SGF), Boss Mustapha, stressed that such negative propaganda was promoted, such as membership of Nigeria at the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC), the introduction of Sharia in northern states, the Boko Haram rebellion and confrontations between farmers and herders.

He blamed the propanda for some desperate politicians who have decided to use religion as a means of spreading hatred and division.

The president said the four problems for the current government and said: "It is important to note that due to circumstances the identity of our country as a nation was distrusted, distrust on religious grounds almost destroyed the tissues of unity and love that bind us.

"A lot of negative propaganda has been set up by outsiders and in the church it is a story that there is a plan to Islamize Nigeria without any credible fact.

"The issue of Nigeria's membership with OIC, sharia and fights against farmers and shepherds had aroused much suspicion among the population, despite the fact that the problems had existed in the country for decades."

Buhari noted that Christian and Muslim religious leaders had fallen victim to murders in some parts of the country.

He reiterated the commitment of the federal government to the safety of lives and property and said: "I assure all Nigerians that criminals are being fished and tackled, and the federal government will continue to offer everyone a safe society.

"The fight against the Boko Haram uprising is to achieve the desired goal, while efforts are being made to tackle many challenges in politics."

The president believed that the country would overcome its numerous challenges.

He emphasized the necessity of the church, especially Catholic bishops, to prepare for the occasion and to inform the people about the negative propaganda propagated by politicians to achieve their selfish goals.

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