The National Christian Elders Forum (an organ of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN), like every other Christian group in Nigeria has been ill at ease since the announcement made by President Muhammadu Buhari revealing that Nigeria has been registered as a member of the Islamic Coalition Against Terror, ISMAT, a group made up of 34 predominantly Islamic nations who came together to fight against terrorism.
Confirming the fears of many Christians, the National Christian Elders Forum, has revealed that it is the plan of the Federal government to force Sharia Law on every state of the federation, according to an information it obtained from a reliable source.
Mr. Solomon Asemota, the Chairman of the forum, who spoke in a press conference with the backing of Christian leaders like the Catholic Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Joseph Bagobiri, among others, further disclosed that in order to execute the plot, some Islamist elements were already in Nigeria with the major objective of turning the country into an Islamic nation. As he said,
“We are aware that there are Islamists in government preparing to execute the Islamization agenda. Any nation in which Islamists believe that they are sufficiently strong to exercise influence rarely experience peaceful cohabitation among the divergent groups within it.
“This is the current situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the Sudan. Islamism thrives on injustice, inequality and unfairness. We urge Nigerians to remain circumspect so that the Islamists do not drag the nation down the path of destruction.
“In the build up to the 2015 elections, majority of Nigerians expressed great hope that there would be change in the nation. However, ten months after the new government was sworn into office, credible apprehension can be expressed given the policy direction of the new administration. We hope that the buildup to these policies do not result in full-blown Sharia which President Muhammadu Buhari had promised Muslims in Nigeria”, Asemota said.
To further justify the point that the recent action taken by President Buhari is truly a pointer to the fact that he intends to establish Sharia law in Nigeria, the elders said:
“The inclusion of Nigeria in the Saudi Arabia Military Coalition of “Muslim/Arab” nations would appear that the Foreign Policy thrust of the this administration is to make Nigeria a satellite state of Saudi Arabia. The strengthening of the nation’s democracy and security for all should remain the greatest priority of government.
“This we see to have been negated by the President’s fiat/ unilateral decision to enlist Nigeria in the 34 nations Muslim/ Arab coalition. Given the emotive and sensitive nature of this unilateral Executive decision, it should have been handled by Mr. President in line with our democratic culture through popular discussion and participation by the citizenry, or at the very least, through the National Assembly.”