Elder statesman, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, has called on Christians in Nigeria to rise against any move to Islamize the country.
He warned that the secular status of the country must be respected.
In an interaction with journalists at his Lagos home on the recent move by President Muhammadu Buhari to drag Nigeria to the Saudi Arabia-led Coalition Against Terror, Prof. Nwabueze said: “We have had this kind of thing before when Gen. Ibrahim Babangida took Nigeria into the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC).
“You remember that and that nearly tore this country into pieces and I remember the crisis created by this. The secular status of this country must be respected. Religion is one of the things that arouse so much bitterness. People regard their religion, their faith as an essential part of their being, both in life here and life after; they should not play with the religious character of this country. That’s why it’s said that no religion must be adopted as the religion of the state.
“Now this thing about coalition of countries headed by Saudi Arabia against terrorism, this country is not a Muslim country. It’s not a Muslim state. If they are forming alliances of Muslim states, okay but don’t drag Nigeria into it,” he said.
While he applauded Christian in the northern part of the country for rising against the move, Nwabueze said: “Christians in the North are not strong enough to challenge the action. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Christians all over the country should be up in arms as they were when Babangida took us to OIC. I’m surprised that the action so far has not engulfed the whole country.”
Answering question on the reputation of the President and having what it takes to fight corruption, he said: “They are two issues; the will is one issue, you may have the will and I think he has the will but is he going about it the right way?
Is perversion not an aspect of corruption? You pervert the constitution, institutions all in the name of the war against corruption, what is that? Is that not corruption?