- Ohanaeze’s calls for Buhari’s resignation following his attendance of the OIC meeting in Saudi Arabia have been condemned by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide
- According to the council, it is “idiotic and barbaric” for anyone to call for Buhari’s resignation using the Igbo platform
- The council said Igbos should be forming alliances and building bridges across the Niger, rather than creating enmity with predominantly Northern Muslims
Calls by Ohanaeze Ndigbo for President Muhammadu Buhari to resign for attending the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) meeting, have been met with condemnation.
The president had drawn the ire of the Igbo socio-cultural group after leaving for Saudi Arabaia, following his inauguration, The Nation reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the president was accused by the group’s deputy national publicity secretary, Chuks Ibegu, of being a “religious fanatic”. Ibegu further asked the president to resign.
However, the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, in a statement released by its president general, said it was amazed by the call for the president to resign.
According to the council, it is “idiotic and barbaric” for anyone to call for Buhari’s resignation using the Igbo platform.
The statement said Nigeria could be plunged into a religious war that will consume it; especially Igbos living in the North, as a result of the rhetoric.
The statement reads: “We disassociate ourselves from any call for the resignation of President Buhari few days after his swearing in, and urge those behind it to have a rethink and stop using Igbo platform for personal vendetta against the presidency.
“We should be forming alliances and building bridges across the Niger, rather than creating enmity with predominantly Northern Muslims by calling on President Buhari’s resignation on religious grounds.
“We call on Vice President Yemi Osibanjo to douse all fears that could heat up the polity unnecessarily by summoning the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) to assure the Christian community that in a secular country like Nigeria, everyone is protected.
“He should also ensure that Mr President’s Islamic beliefs are not misunderstood.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Shehu Sani, the senator representing Kaduna central, on Friday, May 31, put up a robust defense for President Muhammadu Buhari’s attendance of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) summit in Saudi Arabia.
Sani said that there was nothing wrong in Nigeria’s membership of OIC and the president’s attendance, adding that any association that will bring economic benefits to the country is welcome.
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