Why Can’t Christians Who Complain, Go and Fight Boko Haram – Buhari

by on March 22, 2016

President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed Nigeria’s membership of the Islamic Coalition Against Terrorism being spearheaded by Saudi Arabia amidst speculations of alleged plan to Islamise the country.

The President made the disclosure in an interview he granted to Al-Jazeera during his recent visit to Doha, Qatar, while the interview was aired on Saturday.

When asked whether Nigeria was part of the Islamic coalition, Buhari answered in the affirmative.

He attributed the reason behind the decision to the fact that there are terrorists in Nigeria who claim to be Muslims.

“We are part of it (the Islamic coalition) because we’ve got terrorists in Nigeria that everybody knows which claim that they are Islamic.

“So, if there’s an Islamic coalition to fight terrorism, Nigeria will be part of it because we are casualties of Islamic terrorism,” the President said.

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Buhari said he discussed Nigeria’s membership of the coalition with King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz during their meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia when he visited the country recently.

He however did not disclose how the membership of the Islamic coalition would be beneficial to Nigeria when asked to do so.

He said it would be wrong to disclose the details to the media.

“Well, that we mentioned under Lake Chad Basin Commission, our regional grouping compromising Cameroon, Chad, Niger, Nigeria and Benin and we dedicated a certain number of troops to be deployed in our own sub-region and I don’t think we have to tell the press the details of that,” he simply said.

Buhari however justified Nigeria’s membership of the Islamic coalition, saying there is nothing wrong in joining the coalition since members of the Boko Haram sect fighting in Nigeria have claimed they are Muslims even when their activities are anti-Islam.

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He added that the Boko Haram itself had declared loyalty to ISIS

He said, “I’ve just told you it is the Boko Haram itself that declared loyalty to ISIS.

“ISIS is basically based in Islamic countries. Now, if there’s a coalition to fight Islamic terrorism, why can’t Nigeria be part of it, while those that are fighting in Nigeria as Boko Haram claim to be Muslims? But the way they are doing it is anti-Islamic.”

When confronted with the fact that Nigeria has large populations of both Muslims and Christians and that some Christians are complaining that he is giving Islamic identity to the country by his actions, Buhari wondered why the Christians who are complaining have not deemed it fit to confront members of Boko Haram in the North East or militants in the South South

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“Why can’t those Christians that complained go and fight terrorism in Nigeria or fight the militancy in the South. It’s Nigeria that matters, not the opinion of some religious bigots,” he declared.

The President however denied any attempt to change the religious identity of the country.

He said, “How can I change the religious identity of Nigeria?

“No religion advocates hurting the innocent and just because the Muslims are the ones that claim to be Boko Haram and they are killing innocent people whether in the church, in the bus or in the market place, then I will just sit and look at them because I too am a Muslim? Islam is against injustice in any form.”



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  • JB
    March 7, 2016 at 3:21 pm



  • Why?
    March 7, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Buhari is gradually bringing out his islamic character. If his intention is to islamise nigeria he’ll be death’s next victim as a serving president. Don’t try it


  • KKN
    March 7, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Those christian that are complaining saying PMB is trying to change z identity of z country means to islamise nigeria no that is not thier point, z reality is that they dont want nigeria to joint that group to end Boko Haram because they are part of it, that is why they are opposing


  • Obi
    March 7, 2016 at 4:26 pm

    Nobody s going to islamised Nigerian or do anything related to it, b/c we have three arms of government and the nigerian herself. Nigeria is bigger than one person to decide or even one sect of group to decide. We are bigger country with large heart. I rest my case


  • March 7, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    The truth is that there is plan under ground to islamised nigeria but they will fail in Jesus name.


  • Xantan Chukwu
    March 7, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    Comment… Can u alow the president to work?atleast he is trying


  • March 7, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Hmmm! thanks 2 every1 d@ has contributed wisely or foolishly. Pls we cant b fooled by ds old man. How many terrorist groups had ds so called coalition group defeated? What happened 2 d UN, ECOMONG, au and other sub-regional military bodies? I sensed i foul play but 1 thing is certain – if GMB plans 2 islamize ds country, he ll either die in office or his vision ll fail cos Nigeria is a secular state.


  • AmSAD
    March 7, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    My President , We are supporting U in fighting against anti ISLAM sect , forgets thuse indecent cristians , they dont want the terrorist to finish bcoz if BH ends today .., they have nothing to acuse muslim. thats why they are saying such rubbish. if not WHY?

    Mr, president sir, sack any person who involve criminal activity. ALLAH will protect you. UP PMB.


  • Lukman Lapai
    March 7, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    Any body against this coalition !!! Is a beneficiary of BH activities.


  • mun
    March 7, 2016 at 11:42 pm

    watch ur speech nigerians. take ur time to help build naija, do not disintegrate it…


  • March 8, 2016 at 1:34 am

    There is a simple correct answer we refiuse to choose which kg2 student can answer,listen:my boy, 1+1+1?.Daddy,the answer is 3.My boy,but our teacher in our own time said the answer is 1.yes daddy it may be so but only God can prove such answer.My boy as how? Daddy I mean go and pray.SO LET’S PRAY FOR OUR LEADERS BECAUSE ONLY GOD CAN SOLVE OUR AS MY BOY HAS SAID.


  • March 8, 2016 at 4:38 am

    your mission becoming clearer day by day. woe unto you if you ever think that you can islamized Nigeria. remember Abiola tried it even Abacha tried it and that cause their mist serious death so if you ever think of it just prepare your will because you re nearing your early grave. as for Christians and even Moslems that voted for change we have seen the change we voted for. we all know that you did not win the election but jonathan just made it possible for you to be there for now.


    • bayo
      March 8, 2016 at 10:33 am

      Comment… I don’t think u read through the article very well, before making ur comment. U better read it again, so as to understand the common message mr president is passing across. Nigeria first is PMB periority.


  • March 8, 2016 at 6:23 am

    No man can decieve or play trickly with God.Also no human being can fight God to victory point,my fellow bredren you no need to dictate to God because He know the what is in every man’s hearth.It may be our president don’t have such things in mind.We can not fight for ourself but our God can fight and deliever us whenever we call upon Him.


  • John Ezra
    March 8, 2016 at 10:07 am

    Christian are not fighting in flesh! But there fight with evil spirit, so we”ll not fight BOKO HARAM physically but spiritual. When we finish with the spirit that is controlling them, they will stop what there doing!!! IN JESUS NAME AMEEN.


  • Abela
    March 8, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Mischievous reportage! I still remember the words of Buhari in Riyadh while he spoke to the king. He said ‘Even though we are not a party to it (the Coalition) we support the move to end terrorism. You are only being mischievous with this report. What a pity!


  • Abela
    March 8, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Mischievous reportage! I still remember the words of Buhari in Riyadh while he spoke to the king. He said ‘Even though we are not a party to it (the Coalition) we support the move to end terrorism…’ You are only being mischievous with this report. What a pity!


  • mr yy
    March 8, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Must of Nigeria Christian the don’t know what their are doing because we know in Nigeria we have two religion Islam and Christianity our president muhammadu buhari never say that he will islamis Nigeria even for one


  • baba mk
    March 8, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Comment…@oluchi I never blames u bcox ure a kind n these forum does nt based on ages or else hw can illiterate as education liked u speak here


  • Tj Brown
    March 8, 2016 at 11:02 pm

    Comment…Those who are against dis campaign of anti terrorsm are well aware dt PMB hv succeeded in d war against BH & they knew dt sooner o later d scret of who are bhind d BH Sect will b rveald weda its d Muslim o Christian rspnsble.U’ll very soon shut ur mouth Insha Allah.


  • prolific
    March 9, 2016 at 5:16 pm

    Comment…for the fact the colition has tag it name “islamic”the simple wisdom is to join.pmb also said why those christian that are making noise did not go and figt bokoharam i want to ask this question is the army that are fighting bokoharam muslim alone?


  • Proxy b
    March 22, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    We are waiting for 2019


  • jjc
    March 22, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    Comment…pls stop using death as a treat to pmb. As muslim he knows he can not live a second more than his destind period. Death is part of d characteristics of evry lyf wether in or outside ofic. Wen jonathan cald americans to com and help us fyt bh did any body cried he was chritianizing d country, for hw long do we hav to wait for america, isrel, rome to com to our aids. pls lets be thinking positiv and stop being myopic.


  • jjc
    March 22, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Comment…baba mk or wat eva u cal urself. Pls learn hw to adres elders frm doz around u, sinc u did not learn it frm hom. And pls u are calin sum1 an illitrate, may we know ur qualificatn pls.


  • March 23, 2016 at 5:12 am

    Comment… The lord said “we recile not against flesh and blood but against principality and power in high places” the battle is nt for us to fight but of the lord, the plans that God has for us is of good and nt for evil so he will nt allow evil to befall us, pls Christians we should allow God to fight this battle,our God will strick at the right time,we shouldn’t allow our speeches to be an hindrance to our prayers please.


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