CAN kicks against Buhari’s latest Saudi Arabia trip for OIC summit

CAN kicks against Buhari’s latest Saudi Arabia trip for OIC summit

- Buhari’s attendance of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit in Saudi Arabia has once again fueled the speculations about the “Islamisation agenda” of his government

- Criticitising the trip which came a day after the president's inauguration, CAN said it was unconstitutional

- The Christian body asked why attending the OIC summit was the first assignment of President Buhari after being sworn in

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s trip to Saudi Arabia for the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit.

According to the Christian body, Nigeria was “smuggled into OIC during the military”.

The Cable reports that the group wondered if Buhari would be ready to attend the meeting of the World Council of Churches or ask the Vice President Yemi Osinabjo to represent him whenever the members meet.

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Describing the president's trip as unconstitutional, CAN expressed worry that it confirms the alleged Islamisation agenda of his government.

A statement signed by Adebayo Oladeji, special assistant, media and communications to Samson Ayokunle, CAN president, read: “With all the cries we have made about the unconstitutionality of Nigeria’s membership of OIC, going for such conference was still the first assignment of President Buhari after being sworn in.

“Are the government officials listening to those who voted them into power at all? Is the government not heating up the polity? We wonder if the President is ready to attend the meeting of the World Council of Churches or be asking the Vice President to represent him whenever the members meet.”

CAN urged Buhari to have a blueprint for the security challenges facing the country as well as avoid lopsided appointments, “especially in the appointment chief security officers”, as he begins his second term.

The security councils and other agencies of the government must not be dominated by people who share the same faith and ethnicity with him. The preponderance of the Fulani people at the corridors of power is what Chief Olusegun Obasanjo refers to as fulanisation agenda,” it added.

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Buhari departed for Saudi Arabia on Thursday, March 30, a day after his inauguration, to attend the 14th OIC summit.

He joined about 53 world leaders in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Saturday, June 1, for the opening of the summit, attended by all heads of state and governments of member countries.

Reacting to criticisms trailing the president's trip, Senator Shehu Sani said there is nothing wrong in Nigeria’s membership of OIC and Buhari’s attendance. He added that any association that will bring economic benefits to the country is welcome.

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