On Monday, Nigeria’s Minister of information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed stated that the presidency has no plans to Islamize Nigeria, as that idea is a fallacy.
He made this statement in Ilorin during a Federal Government Town Hall meeting for the North Central zone. Lai emphasized that the rumor spread across the country that the present administration is planning to make Nigeria an Islam state is a fallacy that should be disregard.
The minister mentioned the fact that the media in recent times have increased publicity that constantly places Christians and Muslims [which are the two prominent religions in Nigeria] against one another’s neck.
The minister also said that the nature of Nigeria’s Constitution, which is secular, makes the issue of religious dominance and impunity improbable.
“Such fallacies like the Islamisation of Nigeria, The killing of Christians by Muslims, the labeling of Nigeria as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world can only serve one purpose: trigger a religious war. Needless to say that no nation ever survives a religious war,” he said.
The minister said those making the allegations were using religion as tools to demonize the government and divert attention from the government’s anti-corruption stance.
He said that these conflicts between Muslims and Christians were mostly fueled by political motivations, ethnic differences, extremism, intolerance, and terrorism.
“Make no mistake about it, there have been conflicts between adherents of the two major religions in certain parts of the country. To now extrapolate from that to say Nigeria is the most dangerous place for Christians in the world is a disservice to Nigeria and an overkill,” he said.
He appealed to the media to play fair in the distribution of religious information and statements without bias or/and sentiments.
The minister also appealed to Christian and Muslim leaders to follow the footsteps of Catholic Cardinal John Onaiyekan and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar who formed the Interfaith Initiative for Peace to promote inter-faith dialogue.
Mohammed said, the North-Central edition is the eighth in the series of the Town Hall Meetings, which started in Lagos on April 25, 2016, was created to bridge the communication gap between the government and the people to foster effective leadership.
Meanwhile, Ralph Uwazuruike, the founder of the Movement for the Actualization of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), has postulated that President Buhari will not die but live to see Biafra come to pass.
Daily Post says the MASSOB leader wants President Buhari to come back to the country ‘hale and hearty’ like VP Osinbanjo has assured, to continue with his ‘war against corruption.’
According to Uwazuruike, Nigeria is a collapsed nation that cannot be revived again, and this is the best time for the re-birth of Biafra.
The MASSOB leader, who once said the prayers of Biafrans prevented Hilary Clinton from winning the US presidential election, released a statement that says the health status of President Buhari is insignificant to the Biafra movement.
“We want Buhari to come back and continue with his war against corruption because we support his dealing with bad people and also to witness our actualization of a Biafra state. If he is dead or alive, it will not stop us from the realization of this dream.”
“Nigeria is a collapsed nation that cannot be revived again unless the country is divided into six independent nations. The recession is eating the best part of Nigeria and its situation is irredeemable and only Biafra is the answer.”
Which movement is more of a fallacy? The Islamization of Nigeria or the Actualization of Biafra?