The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has on Wednesday, December 16, protested the attempt by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to subtly enlist Nigeria among Arab nations to fight ISIS, Vanguard reports.
According to a statement issued by the General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake, CAN said: “This singular gesture of the Buhari government betrays so much, and tends to confirm our fears that underneath everything this government is doing, there is an agenda with strong Islamic undertones, aimed at undermining Nigeria’s pluralistic character and neutrality regarding government’s affiliation to any one religion.
“While joining hands with other countries to fight ISIS is something good, our country must not be tagged as a Muslim or Arab nation.
Christians must make a public statement showing their discontent on this development which portends great danger to national unity and integration.”
Reports had emerged last night on foreign news that Saudi Arabia was building a coalition of 34 Muslim/Arab countries to fight ISIS and Nigeria was named among the 34.
Meanwhile, former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode had also condemned President Buhari over Saudi Arabia’s inclusion of Nigeria among the military coalition to combat terrorism globally.
“Al Jazeera says Nigeria is now part of a “34 member coalition of muslim nations” and that they will “fight terror in the name of islam”” he tweeted.
“Is this part of “change” agenda? Can’t they just, for once, think about the implications of what they are doing?”
“Nigeria is not a muslim state. We are a multi-religious, multi-cultural secular state and 1 million Muhammadu Buharis and his Saudi friends cannot change that.” he added.