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CAN tasks Buhari on Sukuk, OIC, herdsmen/farmers clash

•As NJI demands fairness, good governance

From Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja

The Sukuk Islamic bond, membership of the Organisation of Islamic countries (OIC), the frequent herdsmen/farmers clash, rise in armed robbery, kidnapping, equal representations in appointments as well as adequate attention to payment of salaries of workers were some of the things President Muhammadu Buhari and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) discussed at a meeting on Friday.

Sukuk Islamic bond, is structured in such a way as to generate returns to investors without infringing on Islamic law that prohibits interest. Sukuk represents undivided shares in the ownership of tangible assets relating to particular projects or special investment activity.

CAN had strongly kicked against the floating of the Sukuk Islamic bond by the Federal Government in September.  It alleged that the move has further confirmed its fears that the government was planning to Islamise the country through the back door.

CAN is also against Nigeria’s membership of the Organisation of Islamic countries (OIC), and wants the federal government to pull out of it since the country is multi-religious. This is the first time President Buhari will be meeting with the national body of CAN since he assumed office in 2015. He has however met with members of northern CAN before now.

The CAN delegation was led by its President, Rev. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle.

Speaking to State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting, Ayokunle said the meeting was better late than never, saying that CAN had sought audience with President Buhari since he won the 2015 presidential election.

He said, “Well, it is better to be late than never. We were very humbled by the calm disposition of the President and his humble response. l think this type of response will always make people be ready to offer help to the government.”

On the Sukuk bond, the CAN president said, Christians were not against Muslim running their own financial system, but was against the government initiating and promoting it which is against the spirit and the letter of the constitution.

He said, “Yes, we talked about keeping very close to the constitution. As l said before, there wasn’t any demon in Sukuk bond. But what was wrong is the constitutionality.  No CAN member is opposed to any Muslim running their own financial system, but it is wrong for the government to be the one who will be promoting it and initiating it. It was a violation of the constitution. We have talked to the government today to keep the sanctity of the constitution, which will guide the behaviour and actions of everyone. They must be able to keep everybody together.”

On other specific demands CAN made, Ayokunle said, “We made certain requests: the organizations that are religious where Nigeria presently is a member and signed treaties, the government should pull out of them in order to keep the sanctity of the constitution.

“We advised government to pay immediate attention to the payment of salaries  and allowances of workers. This may heighten the tension in the country as lack of payment of salaries had led to suicide and this has also led to increase in crimes. When people can’t find food to eat, they resort to whatever they can lay their hands on.

“We also advised that more police be recruited. We have the problems of kidnapping, armed robbery, herdsmen attacks, militancy is also on the increase. About 300,000 policemen cannot police a nation of about 200 million people, even if they are given the best of equipment. There are lots of young people who are ready to work. Government should therefore vote more funds for security.

“We also advised the government to address the issues of Fulani herdsmen squarely. The President responded in the affirmative that it was the result of the end of Ghadafi in Libya whereby those who were armed by him have now moved down South, infiltrating into our country and are living with the herdsmen in Nigeria ravaging communities. He stated that since the government now know that this is a problem, they are doing something to stop them.”

The CAN President said, the Christian body wants to see more action beyond promises. He said, “Action, action, action, beyond the promises we want to see physical changes that will make all of us to be happy. Especially in the area of lopsided appointments, where some states have 30 people and another state having less than three. This will not give any sense of belonging to the government and to the country.”

Asked how supportive has CAN been to government, he said, “We have been very supportive of this government. When you see people speaking out their minds, you should know that those people don’t want things to scatter. The people that don’t talk are the enemies of the nation. When you see things going wrong, you quickly speak out so that they can be corrected, so that the nation can move together as one.”

In attendance at the meeting were Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Head of Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, Dr. Habiba Lawal (who stood in for the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Mongonu, ministers of Niger Delta, Usani Usani, Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, Agriculture, Audu Ogbeh among others.

Notable CAN members present were, Primate, Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion, Most. Rev. Nicholas Okoh, Chaplain, Aso Villa Chapel, Sheyi Malomo, former FCT CAN Chairman, Israel Akonji among others.

President Buhari also held a closed-door meeting with the leadership of the Muslim community at the State House, Abuja.

Also speaking to newsmen, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, Secretary General, Jama’atul Nasirul Islam (JNI), said they demanded for fairness, good governance and speedy appointments. He said the group also prayed with the President and thanked God for his speedy recovery.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 11th November 2017 at 6:20 am

    Christians has no Democratic Capacity to exist under the political name Nigeria. Southern Sovereign States are the only answer- Biafra Republic of south east, Niger Delta Republic of south south, Oduduwa Republic of south west, with economic cooperation and assistance etc. There is separation of Politics and Religion in Southern Sovereign States.

  2. mazi offor joseph okereke 11th November 2017 at 1:56 pm

    it is an irony of faith that in a country like nigeria where our constitution specifically stated the secularity of our nation state without equivocation, our leaders still have the effrontry to register nigeria in oic and other islamic bodies. this bleache of constitution was done during gen. babangida era. that was why rtd commodore ebitu ukiwe was thrown out of government for no tangible reason , because , when he was asked by the press about nigerian registration and membership, he told the press that he was not aware of any thing like that. this bravery shown by ukiwe annoyed the oligarchy and the power that be and they have to conspire and shoved him out. today, ebitu ukiwe receives constatnt blessing from God more than all who were involved in that treachery. it is obfuscating that since 1999 the country returned fully to democracy, no regime, obasanjo, yaradua, jonathan or buhari has deemed it fit to reverse that unconstitutionality , rather , our leaders have been hermoherging into curious and incinerating ones like islamic sukkuk, which are capable of setting the peace of this country on fire one day. one is not against any financial arrangement by our muslim brothers and sisters, but what we are clamouring for is that the federal government of nigeria should not make the move a national policy. the government should detarch herself from religion and respect the secularity of the country as enshrined in our constitution. nigeria is not a christian country or islamic country . that is how it supposed to be if we want the peace in our country to sustain. no part of the country should impose any religion on any body which means that people are free to worship whatever they deem fit to worship as their gods. so, president buhari should without delay deregister the name of our country from oic and other religious bodies without delay, now, it is auspicious that the country is streamlinig our membership from all those bodies that are eating our national purse dry without commensurate gains or benefits. the time to do it is now if his meeting with christian body CAN and islamic body is to be seen as been meaningful and our coumtry nigeria stands to gain in terms of peace, unity, oneness, progress and prosperity of our dear country nigeria.

  3. Dr. Uche Kalu 12th November 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Why is it that of late,everything about Nigeria as a country is based on dialectics?
    For the Hausa/Fulani muslims the words equity,fairness and justice seem to be aliens in their lexicon and
    vocabulary.
    It is indeed a paradox that the Hausa/Fulani muslims,who gain most from our togetherness as a country and
    are the most vocal about ”One Indivisible Nigeria”,do often indulge in some divisive and provocative acts, which are simply inimical to our unity and harmonous cohabitation in this God-forsaken failed country of ours.
    Come to think about that:
    1.The Hausa/Fulani muslims are currently running a parallel Islamic Republic,so called Caliphate/Sultanate of Sokoto,with its Caliph/Sultan,Emirs and Imams,within our supposedly Secular Republic of Nigeria.
    2.The Illiterate muslim bandits ,despots and rogue usurpers of power in uniforms,who ran a relay and governed
    the country from the 1970s through 1980s, used land mass not demography as a criterion,to carve up the
    country into surplus States and Local Government Areas.That dubious exercise of theirs was so skewed that it did not only favour the muslims of the North, but it also permanently enhanced their Hausa/Fulani Islamic Hegemony over our Fatherland.
    They did follow that up with another insolent act of theirs,by unlateral declaration of our Fatherland an Islamic Country (an OIC member state).
    3.The Fulanis and their Hausa/Kanuri muslim mongrels had also gone out their ways to impose Sharia upon us all.Last years 2016 for example,Sharia police (Dandukas) for the first time in this country,molested and beat up Christians because of their non-observance of Ramadan Fasting Season.
    Last year in Kano,a seventy something years old spouse of a Christian Clergy,Mrs Bridget Agbahieme was
    arbitrarily,brutally and publicly beheaded by a group of Sharia Police, because she ignored their warning and
    left her Restaurant open from morning until sun-set.
    A Sharia Court acquited the Jihadists who commited that inhuman and heinous act of barbarism and savagery,
    because they merely carried out their Islamic Obligation of Jihad.But it did post-humously find Madam Bridget
    Agbahieme guilty of non-observance of Ramadan Fasting Season.
    However,Madam Bridget Agbahieme is not the first Christian to be beheaded in Nigeria.Before her were saveral
    other unreported beheading of innocent Christians.The most prominent case of beheading of Christians was that
    of a devout and wealthy Christian Merchant,Mr. Gideon Akulaka in Kano.
    Apropos, those Christian Leaders who paid a visit to President Buhari,do come across as a bunch of people, who are still starry eyed and indeed quite oblivious of the creeping Islamization of our Fatherland by the Caliphate of Sokoto.
    But come to think about that;the late Sarduana of Sakoto,Sir Alhaji Ahmdou Bello,did vow to use political means to accomplish what his great grand Father,Usman Dan Fodio started, and that is the conquest of Nigeria from the upper reaches of the Sahara Desert to the Atlantic Ocean.
    The late Premier of Nigeria,Sir Alhaji Abubakar T.Balewa also added that the Hausa/Fulani muslim will one day dip their Qur’an in our Atlantic Coast.They have certainly done that already in our Atlantic Coast in the South West, in Lagos.
    The treacherous sons and daughters of Afonja amongst the children of Oduduwa have out of sheer greed
    been converting en masse into Islam since after the Biafran – Nigerian War,1967-1970, because they want
    extra booty of the war and that is,the oil and gas money of the Lower Niger Region.
    Of course Nigeria is an oil- fed Commonwealth. It is still our N’delta oil and gas money that is keeping us Nigerins together as country.
    But an evil and a wicked religion like Islam is a curse to humanity and it is incapable of delivering spritual
    enlightenment to humankind.From its inception Islam has brought absolutely nothing to humnity but only tribulations, bloodsheds,deaths and endless wars of barbarism and savagery.
    Preident Buhari is an evil and a very wicked murderous Islamic bigot,who once declared publicly his commitment to seeing to it ,that Sharia-jurisprudence is implemented all over Nigeria.
    1.Mallam Muhmmadu Buhari as Military despot in the1980s did extra-judicially excute lots of our young men for
    mere possessions of reefers (indiam hemps).He also ran a death camp in Ita Oko Island of the coast of Lagos.
    Even petty criminals,who were sent to that Island of death never made it back to the mainland.They were summarily executed and fed to the fish in the Atlantic Ocean.
    2.During the 2011 Presidential Election,Buhari vowed to lynch those,who would dare help to rig the Presidential
    Election for his Opponent,Dr.Goodluck Ebele Jonathan against him.When Buhari lost the Election against
    Jonathan,he made good on his vow and saw to it that hundreds of Christian Youth Corps,who assisted the INEC to tally the Election Results were hacked to death.
    3.Buhari is a known god-father of the Boko Haram Jihadist Killer Squads.But in order to distance himself from the JIhadists and to prepare for the 2015 Presidential Election,he staged a Boko Haram attack on his convoy in
    Kaduna.In that evil and wicked shenanigan of Buhari, about a thousand innocent bystanders and pedestrians
    lost their preciousv lives.
    4.Under Buhari’s current Presidency,the MACBAN (Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders’Association of Nigeria) of which
    President Buhari is one of its patrons,has been emboldened to deploy its Fulani herdsmen and Militias all over
    the country.That is indeed a part of the creeping Islamization of our Fatherland,by the Hausa/Fulani muslims.
    Aided by the Nigerian Army,which of course is commanded and dominated by Huasa/Fulani/ Kanuri Jihadist
    Janjawee morons and vandals, the Fulani Herdsmen and Milittias have been launching ethnic cleansings of
    Indigenous Minority Christians from their ancestral lands through mass murders and pogroms in the North.
    The ongoing slaughters in Benue State,Plateau and Southern Kanduna of Indigenous Christian Nigerians. borders on an incipient genocide and has yet to evoke some outrages in the polity, because there is a collective conspiracy of silence or perhaps,Nigerians are aflicted with an acute form Stockholm Syndrome.
    But Buhari plays that down and refers to the ongoing massacres by his Fulani Herdsmen nd Militias as mere
    quarrels between farmers and cattle herders.How cruel and sanguine indeed of Buhari.
    Mallam Muhammadu Buhari is an anti-democrat,a coupist, an ethno-Islamic chauvinist, a forger of School Certificate,an irredentist, a mass murderer, a perjurer and a sponsor and sympthizer of the Boko Haram Jihadists.He is fucking bloody Islamic bigot.
    As a matter of fact,Buhari is neither academically quilified nor morally fit to head a multi-cultural,a multi-ethnic and a multi – religious country of nations like ours.
    Our Religious Leaders , true Nigerian patriots and well-meaning Nigerians must now wake up and be clear eyed about the creeping Islamization of our Fatherland by the Abokis.Lol!
    That is quite real.
    The Fulani Caliphate of Sokoto must be compelled to dismantle itself.Sharia must be abrogated and Nigeria múst be pulled out of OIC,G8 and G15 memberships.Our Commonwealth of Nigeria must be a Secular Republic.
    This failed moribund country of ours must be restructured and real power must be devovled to our New
    Constuent Units with of course a 100% Resource Control ( Fiscal Federalism).
    Without that,there will be no Federal Elections in 2019. We Nigerians will sure be singing our ”Nunc Dimittis”
    like the Soviet and the Yugoslavs,come 2019,because the ultima ratio then, will be for us Nigerians to go our
    fucking separate ways.
    No to the status quo ante bellum!
    Down with Hausa/Fulani Islamic Hegemony!!
    All Hail Biafra,the Land of the Rising Sun!!!

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