Senator Sani; It’s Unfair To Accuse Buhari Of Religious Bigotry- Saharacable

The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debt, Senator Shehu Sani, said on Saturday that it was uncharitable for anyone to accuse President Muhammadu Buhari of religious bigotry.

Sani was reacting to accusation by the National Christian Elders’ Forum, blaming the Buhari administration for the current ethnic crisis and agitation for secession in Nigeria.

The Forum also accused the government of deliberately disregarding the constitution and federal character.

The meeting of the Christian body which reportedly took place in Abuja was attended by the likes of former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. T.Y. Danjuma (retd), Solomon Asemota, Lt. Gen Joshua Dogonyaro (retd), Brig. Gen. Zamani Lekwot (retd), Moses Ihonde, and Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, among others.

They expressed concern about current developments in the country, saying they were “saddened that once again, the nation is being driven to a needless and mindless conflict that if not well managed, could degenerate into war, destruction, and threaten the cohesiveness of the Nigerian State.

“Presently, a lot of provocative statements, actions and inactions are taking place in the country. The NCEF noted with concern the budding constitutional crisis in the country, the threat of another major ethnic conflict occasioned by the Independent People of Biafra’s (IPOB) call for secession and the response of Arewa Northern Youths for the eviction of the Ibos from the North, the agitations for fiscal federalism and resource control, amongst many other regional agitations.

“As distressing as the situation is, it would appear that many Nigerians are still unaware of the real issues at stake. The NCEF wants Nigerians to be alert and focus on the reality of what is actually occurring in Nigeria. The real problem with the country is jihad. The conflict between democracy as national ideology and sharia as a usurping ideology is responsible for the crisis unfolding in Nigeria. The nation is in the throes of Jihad.”

Reacting to the development on his Facebook handle, Senator Sani dismissed the insinuation of a religious agenda, pointing out that as elders, the Forum should be seen as championing the cause of peace and unity in the country.

He said: “It’s unfair to President Buhari for any individual or group to accuse him or his administration of having any theocratic agenda. Other issues raised about his administration may or may not be true, but certainly he is not a religious bigot. If there exists credible evidence of a religious agenda I will be one of the first to raise a voice.”

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