For being the first Nigerian president to have attended the meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) since Nigeria was stealthily enlisted by ex-Leader Ibrahim Babangida in 1986, President Jonathan has been lashed out by the vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Yemi Osinbajo. Tribune report.
In an interactive session with professionals in Warri, Delta State on Tuesday, Mr Osinbanjo chided those accusing the presidential candidate of the APC, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, of being a Muslim fundamentalist and campaigner of Islamisation of Nigeria.
He revealed that they were doing nothing but distorting history.
He said: “Throughout his period as military head of state, Buhari was under intense pressure to drag Nigeria into the OIC, but he never yielded, because he respects Nigeria as a secular state, in line with the constitution. Besides, his cook and driver are Christians.
“When Babangida eventually dragged Nigeria into OIC, none of his successors ever attended any of its meeting because they know to Islamise Nigeria is very difficult, as you need to first get the constitution amended. That process, you know, is almost impossible.
“But it is on record that in 2013, President Jonathan, undermining the constitutional limitation, ensured that Nigeria attended an OIC meeting,” he concluded.