Christian Elders Accuse Buhari Of Islamizing Nigeria Through Backdoor

Christian Elders Accuse Buhari Of Islamizing Nigeria Through BackdoorChristian elders and a coalition of over 14 Christian
groups in Nigeria have accused President Muhammadu
Buhari administration of scheming to turn the country to
an Islamic State “through the backdoor”, saying such
action contravenes Nigeria’s Constitution.

The spokesperson of the coalition and National President
of National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), Mr. Solomon
Asemota (SAN), Prelate of Methodist Church/Head of
Christian Council of Nigeria bloc in Christian Association
of Nigeria, Emmanuel Udofia, and Leader of Christian
Professionals Forum (CPF) Prof. (Bishop) Funmi
Adesanya-Davies, made the allegation yesterday in Abuja
at a press conference held on Friday in Abuja.

According to them, the Bill in the House of
Representatives proposing amendment to Section 262(1)
of the 1999 constitution with a view to expanding the
existing jurisdiction of the Sharia Court of Appeal and the
State by including criminal matters was insensitive and
inconsistent with democratic and republican ideals of the
constitution and the Nigerian State.
Members of the coalition are NCEF, Nigerian Christian
Graduate Fellowship (NCGF), Think Tank for the body of
Christ(TTBC), Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Nigeria
(CLASFON), Association of Christian Schools in Nigeria
(ACSIN), Students Christian Movement(SCM), Christian
Professionals Forum (CPF), Intercessors for Nigeria (IFN)
and International Prophetic Ministerial Association (Inc.
Worldwide College of Bishops and Ministers: Africa, UK
and USA).
Others are Intercessors Without Walls (IWW), Wailing
Women International (WWI), Full Gospel Businessmen
Fellowship (FGBF), Nigerian Fellowship of Christian
Students (NFCS) and University Joint Campus Christian
Fellowship (UJCCFF).

“The proposed amendment is a desecration of the
sanctity of the FCT as a symbol of national unity, which
should be preserved.
Nigeria’s membership of religious organisations and
associations, particularly the Organization of Islamic
Cooperating Countries and the Coalition of Islamic
Nations against ISIS, is insensitive, against our best
national security interest and democratic and democratic
norms.

“To maintain the unity, faith, peace and corporate
progress of Nigeria, we demand that Shariah should be
expunged from the constitution and Shariah-based public
institutions, agencies and practices in the states should
be abolished. In this respect we demand the return to
status quo as per the Republican Constitution of 1963,”
Asemota said.