Members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have raised the alarm over the attempt by the All Progressives Congress-led government to subtly enlist Nigeria among Arab nations to fight ISIS and other terrorist organisations.
It had been earlier reported that Saudi Arabia was building a coalition of Muslim/Arab countries to fight ISIS and Nigeria was listed among the 34 countries.
Vanguard reports that Rev. Musa Asake, the general secretary of the CAN, issued a statement accusing President Muhammadu Buhari and the federal government of betrayal.
“This singular gesture of the Buhari government betrays so much, and tends to confirm our fears that underneath everything this government is doing, there is an agenda with strong Islamic undertones, aimed at undermining Nigeria’s pluralistic character and neutrality regarding government’s affiliation to any one religion.
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“While joining hands with other countries to fight ISIS is something good, our country must not be tagged as a Muslim or Arab nation. Christians must make a public statement showing their discontent on this development which portends great danger to national unity and integration,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, Ona Ekhomu, the president of the Association of Industrial Security and Safety Operators of Nigeria, warned the government that recent intelligence intercepts indicated that an ISIS attack on Nigeria was imminent.
Instead of waiting for the attack to occur just like it happened in France, Ekhomu urged the federal government to call on Nigerians who can help forestall it.