Majority of Nigerians oppose country’s membership of Saudi-led Islamic coalition

Muhammadu Buhari in an Aljazeera Interview
Muhammadu Buhari in an Aljazeera Interview

Majority of Nigerians have kicked against the decision of the Muhammadu Buhari administration to drag the country into a Saudi Arabia-led coalition against terrorism.

The Nigerians expressed their views in a poll conducted by PREMIUM TIMES over two weeks.

More than half – 55 per cent – of the respondents who participated in the poll said they were opposed to Nigeria joining the coalition.

Of the 55 per cent who were against joining the coalition, 48 per cent opposed it mainly on religious grounds.

They said Nigeria is not an Islamic country and thus should have no business being part of a coalition of mainly Islamic countries.

The remaining seven per cent said the country should not join the coalition at a time like this when it is faced with a myriad of security and economic problems.

The results of the poll, however, shows a large number of Nigerians also support the president’s action to join the coalition, with 40 per cent of respondents backing the move.

Fifteen of the 40 per cent of supporters appear to be staunch supporters of Mr Buhari. They said they support Nigeria’s membership of the coalition as long as the President thinks the coalition will benefit the country.

Only a quarter of the respondents, 25 per cent, said joining the coalition will help Nigeria defeat Boko Haram and help the global effort to defeat the Islamic State, ISIS.

Boko Haram pledged allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also known to his followers as Caliph Ibrahim, in 2015.

“We announce our allegiance to the caliph… and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity,” Boko Haram leader, Abubakar Shekau, said in an audio message at the time.

“We call on Muslims everywhere to pledge allegiance to the caliph.”

Six per cent (120 people) of the those who partook in the poll were however indifferent to the country’s membership of the coalition.

They were of the opinion that nothing will change whether the country joins the coalition or not.

Last December, the government of Saudi Arabia announced the creation of the alliance of 34 mainly Muslim countries to coordinate the fight “terrorist organisations”.

According to Saudi defence minister, Mohammed bin Salman, the coalition, which is made of up countries in the Arabian Gulf peninsula such as Qatar, Bahrain and Jordan, also included African and Asian countries like Malaysia and Nigeria.

“It is time that the Islamic world take a stand, and they have done that by creating a coalition to push back and confront the terrorists and those who promote their violent ideologies,” Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi’s foreign minister, told journalists in Paris.

While welcoming the coalition as a means of tackling the threat posed by Boko Haram in North-Eastern Nigeria and other terrorist groups in the region, President Buhari, however, told King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz of Saudi Arabia, during a meeting in February, that the country was not keen on being part of the coalition.

“Even if we are not a part of it, we support you,” he said.

But in an interview with Aljazeera Television earlier this month, Mr. Buhari recanted his original reluctance towards making the country part of the coalition declaring that the country was part of the alliance.

“We are part of it because we have got terrorists in Nigeria that everybody knows which claims that they are Islamic,” he said. “If there is an Islamic coalition to fight terrorism, Nigeria will be part of it because we are casualties of Islamic terrorism.”

He however refused to disclose how the coalition will benefit Nigeria.

When asked how Nigerian Christians will take the news of his joining the coalition, Mr Buhari said the country’s sole intent of joining the coalition was to fight terrorism adding that the opinions of those he referred to as “religious bigot” did not count.

“I have just told you it is the Boko Haram itself that declared loyalty to ISIS. Now, ISIS is basically based in Islamic countries. If there is a coalition to fight terrorism, why can’t Nigeria be part of it.”

“Why can’t those Christians that complain go and fight terrorism in Nigeria or fight the militants in the South. It is Nigeria that matters, not the opinions of some religious bigots,” he added.

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in December had kicked against Nigeria’s membership of the alliance, saying it feared it was a ploy to Islamise the country.

“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,” General Secretary of the association, Musa Asake, said in a statement.

Similarly, Foreign relation analysts argued that by joining the coalition of mainly Sunni Muslims, the government is inadvertently dragging the country into the perennial Sunni-Shiite rivalry.

They argued that rather than fight terrorism, the coalition is a ploy by Saudi Arabia to challenge the influence of Iran, a Shiite nation, in global Islamic affairs.

“We must not let Sunni and Shiite states furtively and covertly turn Nigeria into another Middle East battleground,” Adeolu Ademoyo, a Nigerian lecturer at Cornell University said, in opposition to the coalition.


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  • SonOfAdam

    As a Muslim, I know that Allah, The Mighty and The Wise, never sent down Terrorism but Islam. Islam sustains while Terrorism annihilates. If hypocrite muslims think they could join hands with enemies of Islam in order to scare away people from Islam, then Inshaa’Allah, “the plot of Satan is weak”. Their seeming success is temporary, and they will be forced to retreat in shame and utter disappointment.
    O Allah, The Living and The Eternal, The One Whom neither slumber nor sleep overcomes, we have indeed abandoned the teachings of the prophet and have also taken to the path of Satan. We have been reaping what we sowed, exactly as the prophet foretold. Please forgive us and guide us back to the path of patience, humility and righteousness that we may succeed. Ameen.

    • George

      Mumu you sonOfSatan Islam has always be a death trap for years grow up and set yourself free from demon.

      • Prophet

        Go research the Spanish inquisition and ecumenical wars before you talk about any religion.

      • Ahmad M

        Christianity has been and is being adulterated by enemies of God. The pro Godless society do not spare any religion. They think they can instinguish the light of Islam. Allah has already said in the Holy Quran the He is the one that sent down the Quran and He is the one to protect it till the judgement day. The machinazation against Islam has been and is being hatched every seconds, but every seconds Islam grows. The most fastest growing religion in the world is Islam, hence missiles coming from all directions to kill Islam. They plan, God also plans and God is the best of planners.

      • Sule Garba

        I don’t know you but I believe you are from se or ss as recent as less than100 years your ple where thought to be monkeys and they worshiping fire wood.Islam gave the west civilization. Moreover they still consider ple like you as baboons.

        • Anonymous

          I can’t believe a black man will call his brother monkey. You are obviously not civilized. In most developed countries they will still throw banana at you on the street just because you are black. You are not a true Muslim, very susceptible to radicalism. رحمه الله على روح شرير الخاصة بك .

          • Otile

            He is a good Muslim man, all you need is to train him in Al-Tquiyya so that he will be nice to the kafir and come closer to behead them.

          • Anonymous

            Sir, beheading is obsolete.

    • 9JA IS DYING DEAD UNDER BUHARI

      Buhari is unforgiven. When he “took over” by coup in 1983, even remembered an article written a very very long time ago by Bisi Onabanjo (‘The Mallams are coming’) and a later one in which Onabanjo wrote that people should watch out for that “gangly officer from the north” after Buhari gave a no holds barred speech at some Army function where he was reported to be very openly pro Fulani and pro Islam to the exclusive of all else and also talked about termination of democratic rule. For that, Onabanjo got one of the harshest jail terms and treatments.

      19. Buhari intolerance is worse than Obasanjo’s. When he was adopted as the ANPP’s candidate on the night of the party’s Primaries without prior warning to the other candidates and a few of them protested, Buhari got up and made a speech that those people must be disciplined. I subsequently saw him on BBC’s “hard talk” and he frightened me and the interviewer with his archaic and fundamentalist intolerant views. His understanding and articulation is very much in doubt.

    • Prophet

      You are not making any sense!

      • xman

        bcos u dont have the brain to comprehend it.

    • Colonel M.M.

      Just shut your flap immediately. THERE IS NO GOD BUT THERE IS A LOT OF GOD DELUSION. If we can throw all you Christians and Muslim in a gas chamber and have me pull the lever then there will be infinite peace on earth. This is the simple truth for very obvious reason- YOU ARE THE REASON THINGS ARE THE WAY THEY ARE TODAY.

  • George

    The Daura republic president Bokohari will never listen but what took Abacha away is also awaiting him and his entire family.

    • Ahmad M

      Even in Animal kingdom, reptiles and birds, they respect elders. No matter your level of hatred, you cannot beat the rich. Such a hate statement befits vagabonds

  • Yusuf B.

    How far? How far with the Rivers re-run??
    I hope my party has not been disgraced again. I have noticed anytime we are walloped at the polls, almost all media houses refuse to update us!
    If we actually lose most seats in this re-run, this will be one propaganda too many! Amaechi assured us he is on ground.
    Honestly if we lose, I will have no option but to tear my APC card to shreds.
    It’s one lie/propaganda taken too far.
    Raise our hopes and DASH it!
    We need to just admit the SS don’t want anything to do with this party. Even some o us up north are rethinking our position.
    No light, no fuel, no money, naira becoming worthless like cow ‘kashi’!

  • CovertNigerian

    Two thousand PremiumTimes readers are not a very representative sample for ALL Nigerians. This is not a well written report – you need to do a better job of reporting the facts about poll participation and limitations of the poll in general. Even if not in this particular article, there should have been a link to another article with more details.

    • MilitaryPolice01

      In 2015 Buhari defeated Jona by 15 million votes to 12 million hence a total 27 million votes cast approx and that is in a country of over 170 million,yet you people never came out to say it was not “a very representative sample for all Nigerians” hahahaha. Now PT a platform with a wide patronage has conducted an online survey without any restrictions and with ample time (2 weeks) and you fundamentalist hallelujah boys are now out to discredit it but guy it is already late,even a kid born yesterday knows Nigerians in their majority have rejected the forceful initiation of Nigeria into a sunni islamist coalition led by the major proponents of wahabbi extremism

      • CovertNigerian

        So you honestly think that a poll of 27 million people out of 170 million is not more representative than one of 2000? That speaks volumes about your intelligence and level of objectivity.
        In any case, you don’t know what my views on the previous elections are. Hiding behind your online anonymity to call me names because you don’t agree with my opinion that PT failed to properly describe the limitations of their poll to less discerning individuals such as yourself is your right.
        I did not say anything about whether or not the majority of Nigerians oppose being part of the coalition, and I didn’t reveal my position either – that was not the point. Just to clarify, my comment was directed at the way PT chose to report the results of their poll. I know my original comment is whole 3 lines, but take your time to re-read it and this one and if you have something intelligent to say about the issues I actually raised, then by all means hit the reply button and try to be civil.

        • MilitaryPolice01

          covertnigerian I no call you name oo,look my comment again I cant see any offensive name calling there but if you feel slighted no vex,you seem a gentleman.God bless your week

    • Sparzo

      Where did you get 2,000 premium times readers from?

      • CovertNigerian

        “Six per cent (120 people) of the those who partook in the poll were however indifferent to the country’s membership of the coalition.”

        It’s in the article.

        • Sparzo

          I know, those premium times geniuses make it up as they go along,

          • NoSpinEd

            Is it your contention that this unilateral decision of the President to drag us into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran (without any prior consultation) is immensely popular among Nigerians?

          • Sparzo

            I am only saying calling that pole ”Majority of Nigerian….” is disingenuous of premium times.

          • NoSpinEd

            Would you agree then that the poll was an attempt to scientifically quantify what we already anecdotally suspect to be true?

          • Sparzo

            That poll is anything and everything but scientifically.
            It is a disgrace to call that science bearing in mind, anecdotes are usually myths anyway.

          • NoSpinEd

            How did you logically and scientifically arrive at your own conclusion? How is the evident widespread resentment a myth?

          • Sparzo

            Please read carefully:
            ”…anecdotes are usually myths”.
            Please get back to me if you have any difficulty figuring that out.
            Always glad to help.

          • NoSpinEd

            Well said. So it is not a myth in this case. Right?

          • Sparzo

            You were the one who said that the PT “….poll was an attempt to scientifically quantify what we already anecdotally suspect to be true?”
            You either believe you can scientifically quantify myths, or you just like using big words like,
            anecdotally or scientifically.
            Bye now.

          • NoSpinEd

            Bye Sparzo. Thanks for the lively exchange.

          • NoSpinEd

            Please answer my question. Is there a widespread resentment or not? The war of words about the veracity of the poll is irrelevant to the facts of the matter. Was this a popular decision made on our behalf without any prior consultation?

          • Sparzo

            You were the one who said the PT ”poll was an attempt to scientifically quantify what we already anecdotally suspect to be true?”.
            You either believe you can quantify a myth scientifically or you just like using big words, like ”anecdotally” and ”scientifically’.’
            Bye now.

  • 9ja is finished under buhari

    We warned the haters of Jonathan—–the tripod—–But they refused to heed our pleas—-so used the CIA to impose a Jihadisrt like Buhari on Nigeria————–Aware Buhari is unforgiven. When he “took over” by coup in 1983, even remembered an article written a very very long time ago by Bisi Onabanjo (‘The Mallams are coming’) and a later one in which Onabanjo wrote that people should watch out for that “gangly Fulani officer from the north” after Buhari gave a no holds barred speech at some Army function where he was reported to be very openly expressed his usual pro Fulani and pro Islam views to all who cared to listen to his janjaweed talks—-where he warned about termination of democratic rule. Soon after that speech it happened, Onabanjo got one of the harshest jail terms and treatments of his Yoruba life in the hands of Imam Buhari.

    Buhari intolerance is worse than Obasanjo’s. When he was adopted as the ANPP’s candidate on the night of the party’s Primaries without prior warning to the other candidates and a few of them protested, Buhari got up and made a speech that those opposed to him must be disciplined. He later appeared on BBC’s “hard talk” with scary Islamic views-without mincing words-Could hardly articulate any serious ideas about moving the country forward—-It was I will fight corruption——-i will jail them—while he stole quietly-when the opportunity came with Abacha——by his side-

  • Sparzo

    Premium Times and it poll of less than 300 ipop/egbesu pimps,
    is ”majority of Nigerians……..”
    Hopefully, Buhari is not going to hand a penny of,
    the N40M research money to these statistical geneiouses.

  • Weydem

    “Even if you give BUHARI 20 years to prepare, it would still be beyond his capacity.

    The complexities and issues involved in ruling a country like Nigeria are huge.

    Leading such a complex country is an intellectual issue and Buhari doesn’t have

    the intellectual capacity to comprehend what it means to govern the country”.

    …………Professor Ben Nwabueze

    (March 16th, 2016)

  • Omotolaaraujo

    There are many Nigerians that do not wish to be associated in any way to Islam. Buhari’s faith is his own. He must not use his association with Islam to make decisions for Nigerians. It is a very slippery slope.

    • xman

      abeg go sleep, wake up and wash our yeye face, then read the yeye thing u posted, then i think u will know that u are really a yeye person.

  • Prophet

    The 55% that objected to Nigera joining the coalition against Terrorism are thoughtless! The 48% of these 55% that objected on religious grounds are outright morons! So, because Nigeria is not an Islamic country, it should not accept help from an Islamic organization to fight terrorism?

    If these clowns can think, they will realize that these terrorists waging unislamic wars against everybody in the world in the name of Islam have had one major goal that they have been unable to achieve. They want to turn this thing into a religious war and God forbid they succeed, it will be neighbor against neighbor and will quickly lead to the 3rd world war.

    With that said, ALl non-religous organizations can fight this war as they have been doing, but the only religious coalition that can fight this is an Islamic one since the war is being waged in the name of Islam. If any type of christian organization enters the war, the terrorist will achieve their goal an get what they have always prayed for: A war that would engulf the whole world…..A Religious War that qualifies for the title The Third World War (WW3)!

    Besides, what are these respondents saying? If Boko Haram was attacking them in the South East, they will all be begging for any kind of help they can get from wherever the hell it is from!
    Misinformed Northern Eastern Muslims are waging war killing fellow North easterners who are mainly Muslims and these id1ots that live in the south and are mainly Christians think they have a say with regards to where help comes from?
    If anyone of them is involved in a catastrophic automobile accident will they refuse help if it is being offered by a Muslim?

    They can all go to hell!

    • TrueNja

      You’re nothing but a satanic prophet. At the formation of Boko Haram when they are killing Christians minority in the north East, you Muslins in the north were happy and even calling Boko Haram members your heros. Boko Haram is a Frankenstein monster that you Muslims in the north created and you must deal with it. Majority of Nigerians have spoken, Nigeria is not a Muslim majority country and therefore cannot be part of any Islamic coalition.

      • xman

        mumu

        • TrueNja

          Suegbe pako man, go and deal with the Frankenstein monster you northern Muslims created. Nigeria is not an Islamic country.

      • Prophet

        First of all, we are neither Muslim nor from the north!………in fact you what>…there is no point talking to you. Just read what xman said below!

      • Burbank

        “you Muslims in the north were happy and even calling Boko Haram members your heros.”

        “Boko Haram is our siblings.”
        Jonathan. Aug 2, 2012.

  • Ahmad M

    I hardly comment on online newspapers, because of skewed nature of most stories. One of such stories is the one titled Majority of Nigerians opposed membership of Saudi’s led Islamic coalition against terrorism. It bafflling and shocking when the word majority is used to describe Nigerians. Only 120 online opinion polls out of over 160 million Nigerians to be decribed as Majority of Nigerians is a crass description. What a skewed material!

    • I did It 4 Love.

      Did you read the news properly? 6 % of the poll is 120 people and not the total participants. So poll participants are more than 120 people. And the writer didn’t refer 120 people as majority of Nigerians.

      • xman

        if 6% is 120, are u not supposed to know that 100% will be 2000. so out of more 170million people PT is calling 2000 majority, i dont know where this people see their own maths o. yeye people.

        • International games

          In statistics the Validity of the result is not necessarily in the number of people in the study but in the Distribution and Representation of the Sample population relative to the Main population. Please by now if you finished secondary school you should know this basic maths. You don’t have to question 170 Million people to know their opinion about an issue. The truth is the number might be much higher because a lot of people are knee jerk Buhari supporters.

          Buhari is carrying us into a coalition with Arabs. He is a disgrace to the Black Race. A big disgrace. There are still Hausa Slaves in Saudi Arabia today that will never forgive Buhari.

          • xman

            u have answered yourself, PT did not follow all the criteria needed for a survey. and as for your Arab coalition, lets assume someone had an accident does it matter if a muslim or traditionist help him, all he needs is help and wherever it comes he must accept it or have u forgotten that even u almighty US is working with the same saudi coalition in Yemen and vice versa in syria. well i wont blame cos i just know a christian bigot.

        • I did It 4 Love.

          How are my supposed to know that the total number is 2000? I dey exam?
          You think say I dey do JAMB? Abeg carry waka Chike Obi abi Felix Emeagwali.

          • pheliciti

            The moment your half baked opinion is challenged, you turn to abuse and rudeness. Very rich

          • Burbank

            Gbam

          • I did It 4 Love.

            Do you know the meaning of abuse and rudeness? My comment was no near those 2 words.
            I doubt you were on your right senses 4 days ago going by your comment.

    • Al

      Nice one

  • TrueNja

    Mr. president Buhari, read out lips, majority of Nigerians have spoken, Nigeria is not a Muslim majority country, therefore, the country cannot be part of any organization or coalition that has Islamic religion name. We do appreciate your fight against corruption, but pls and pls stay out of religion politics.

  • xman

    they complain that Boko is islamic agender to islamise nigeria with the support of saudi and other islamic countries, now the same islamic countries came together to fight Boko and some yeye christian bigots are saying that its a plot to islamise nigeria bcos buhari enlisted in the coalition to fight Boko. it seems it is this same christians that even created BK and fund them to tarnish the image of islam. no wonder several BK members caught cannot even recite the simpliest thing every muslim can recite even in his/her dream.

  • Mariama(Rtd Colonel M.)

    I support Buhari on this one. Afterall this is the change we voted for. Why not?Ride on Mr. President. We want Sharia all over the country before you leave office. Why not? The times they have changed.

    • Burbank

      Buhari don’t need your support; Shekau does.

  • Al

    Mr President carry on the good work, we trust you and that’s why we voted you. Opinion poll is for leaders who’s integrity is questionable, so Mr president your actions whatsoever is unquestionable. Carry on the change, sky is your limit.

  • New Nigerian

    Buhari won a national Poll – the one that counts and he is doing what he was voted to do. This one by PT is nonsense poll. Majority of Nigerians – 90% who live on less than $2 per day – were not represented in PT’s poll. At best the poll represent Majority of the 10% and even that is not true as many people must have ignored the joke. National Security and doing whatever it takes to achieve it is not based polling. Let PT come out with another strategy to contain ISIS-aligned Boko Haram and suggest it. That would be part of the solutions and not shouting down a decision that was done in the best interest of Nigeria and Nigerians, by the President that was voted in to do whatever it takes to eliminate terrorism.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Was he voted into office to derail our secular foreign policy and take sides in the Sunni vs Shiites 1000 year old feud ? Was he voted into office to drag us all into Saudi subservience and force enemies of the Saudi onto us all ? Was he elected to force Nigeria into a military alliance led by a brutal and undemocratic dictatorial state with some of the worst human rights record in the history of mankind ?

      • Iskacountryman

        who gave you secularism…convert or perish…

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          I am a traditional African gentleman !! Amadioha,Igbudu,Ogwugwu,Idemili,Raaba and other deities of my ancestors still have my attention. The imported religions do not have a place in my life.

          • Iskacountryman

            you need islam…

      • New Nigerian

        Nigeria never had a secular foreign policy. Never. Nigeria had always been and check the facts – a multi-religious country. Nigerians are so religious that even secularism is a religion in Nigeria!

  • Du Covenant

    Ride on my President and forget about these senseless Nigerians who do not know what they want. Over fifty years after independence we remain very backward, very worst than we were before the British left yet they like the status quo. The accused you of being a sponsor of BH, you have now pushed BH to the forest in less than a year, the international community are willing to partner lets move on. May God give you more wisdom, long life and plenty of good health!.

    • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

      Those “senseless Nigerians” voted him to power but now you urge him to disregard their concerns on a national issue….What a difference 10 months can make.

      • Prophet

        its just you and your people that almost unanimously voted against him that he is disregarding…..he is doing what the majority of Nigerians elected him to do…..so go find a quiet corner to lick your wounds, You lost the election. STOP making noise!

    • Iskacountryman

      nigeria is an islamic state…

      • EBI

        In your dreams.

      • Du Covenant

        So be it, what have the christians done in Nigeria after all?. I am a christian and feel ashamed that Nigerian christians have the guts to talk after all the disgrace they bring on this country. The aircraft used to transport our stolen commonwealth was that of the head of CAN, the ‘ineffectual buffoon’ went to church every sunday in his usual hypocritical manner, kneeling down and praying for the whole world to see yet, he is a scum of the earth!. I grew up in a Nigeria where both religions lived in peace and harmony, life was great then. If anything christians ought to learn humuility and less greed from fellow muslims. Most of the criminality in Nigeria & abroad is perpetrated by Nigerian christians, foreign missionaries came and built schools, hospitals that are still operational today, our own christians buy jets, wear armani suits etc and still stand out as primitive people in front of the world!……don’t get me started…..

  • zona

    This man called Buhari will just be opening mouth to talk anyhow.

  • EBI

    If feel sorry for Nigeria, indeed fear for it. To join forces with majority Arab Muslim World countries, that never know peace. No day you open world news and you do not hear fight in one Muslim country or another. These are war turn areas of the world. Saudi Arabia feels some African countries can do their dirty job of killing shiaits Muslims Iran and have dominance of the Arab world,now co-opt Nigeria into their scheme.

    What gave the Saudi Foreign Minister the impression that Nigeria is a Muslim Country, if not what some Nigerian Muslims must have sold to them that lie ( I think Christians are more). In particular our current President who is calling Christians, ‘Religoius Bigots’. It is shame. ‘That they should go and fight Boko Haram if they can’. As if Christians have not been sent to fight and defend the country against the insurgents. Buhari must renegate his promise of Nigerian cohalition or else he would igniting the fire he would not be able to quensh. HIS ALJAZEERA INTERVIEW IS A SHAME TO NIGERIA AND AFRONT TO CHRISTIANS OF NIGERIA.

  • muazu wali

    What do you expect from people who fear Buharii and the mere mention of Islam? When the propaganda of islamisation of Nigeria by Buhari failed they picked the issue of cooperating with Saudi to fight insurgency. The idea is the same as joining OPEC to protect oil prices. Self interest dictates international politics. If you know the constitution you would note that the President cannot deploy troops in any war without the approval of the senate.

  • kayode Olufade

    From the poles it is indicative that Nigerians are allowing their insecurities get the best of them. In this case the government would have been more forthcoming with information on details and benefits derived from joining such a coalition. Also, the fine print on this coalition should have been public knowledge. Nigeria is a country in which religion is such a sensitive issue, hence the hullabaloo trailing this scenario. My main concern is when/if this coalition stops being about a coalition against terrorism and an agenda to pursue religious tendencies. a coalition of Islamic countries to fight terrorism is understandable and Nigeria joining such a coalition is in itself understandable because terrorists use Islam to perpetrate terrorism and in Nigeria we have terrorists and potential terrorists too. Also, is it a coincidence that the price of crude oil picked up after the visit by the Nigerian president to riyad? or that the Saudi government for the first time agreed to reduce oil production so as to ease up on the glut in the market? these are pertinent questions that an in-depth explanation by the government would have answered. In all, people have and will continue to have and harbor insecurities it is up to the government to dispel such by being very open on issues that border along the lives of Nigerians. A problem i had with the past administration was the lack of sincerity in all dialogue with the people via the media, with this administration, we don’t eve get to hear the lie at all

  • MushinSpeaks

    Boko Haram is fighting and killing both xtians and Muslims. If there is a coalition to join to end the killings, is it not appropriate we join?

  • Kensty

    When GEJ was buying weapon from Israel, the Muslims did not complain that GEJ is christanizing Nigeria, when he visit Israel and sign agreement with the Government of Israel he was not christanizing Nigeria,when He often climbed the Alter to preach, he was not Christanizing Nigeria, Now PMB is signing a pact with Saudi Govt he is Islamizing Nigeria. Let’s be fair!!!!

  • Cleartruth

    I watched his aljazeera interview where he ridiculed christians and called them religious bigots. He forgot that christian soldiers are in the fore front of the war against bokoharam terrorists. This dictator buhari wants to destroy our democracy just as he did in 1983.

    • Kensty

      He did not call Christians religious bigots, stop lying. When GEJ had an agree to train our armed forces with Israel Government to fight terrorism in the North east, y didn’t the Muslims say he is christanizing Nigeria???? I wonder for this country

      • Cleartruth

        You are very ignorant. Go watch the video on YouTube. We are talking about alliance of Islamic nations and you are here talking about Israel training our soldiers. For your information, Israel is not a christian country. They practice Judaism. Nigeria is not an Islamic country and must not be a member of the alliance of Islamic countries. Get that into your skull.

    • muazu wali

      Did he really destroy democracy. Were you born or big enough to know good and bad democracy?

  • Kensty

    Am sorry to say this,, the Christians in this country hate Muslims with Passion. These are my reasons : when Gej was in power I remember an agreement was reached between Israel and Nigeria to train and supply Nigeria weapon to defeat terrorism, the Muslims never complained but rather supported him. GEJ on several occasions invited Christian leaders to state house,in fact he The CAN president his PA the Muslims did not say he is christanizing the country. Why now?????

  • Nuhu Abba

    Am an ardent follower and reader of Premium Times and was surprised about the survey conduced and when, I must have missed it. From previous reports and editorial the Premium Times, has taken a position on the issue of collaborating with the Saudis in their attempt to have coalition of Muslim countries to fight terrorism. Fighting terrorism and alliances should not be simplified on that line. Nigeria has entered and dealt with other countries that have religious bias whenever it believed its in the national interest. We should view it as an offer which should be cautiously looked into, just because its coming from the Saudis we should not sweep it under the carpet, though issues such as the sectarian divisions in the Middle East and fear the country might be dragged into it should be of interest to all concerned. The noise and dust raised has not warrant that.

  • wode

    First, this poll by PT was lopsided and I believe it was a deliberate act on the side of the PT poll coordinators. The way it was design was not fair. It was done in such a way that the polls of the people against the move was grouped in one particular response, while that of the people that support it, whether with condition or without, were fragmented. if the total polls of those who support the move with condition and those who support it without condition are grouped together, that would have outnumbered that of the opponents of the move. A fair poll in this nature would have been with three questions only. “Support”, “Don’t Support” and “Indifferent” or something like that. As far as I’m concerned this particular poll was tailored towards a particular outcome, as explained above and that is not good for PT image of fair play.

    PT should know that it is a fair and unbiased conduct of polls of this nature that would make their poll (result) credible, reliable and respected. This should be looked into in the subsequent exercises.

    • muazu wali

      They should all go back to school and learn sampling of opinions and polling generally. I saw another saying that after sampling 157 Nigerians it was established that Buhari has been loosing popularity among Nigerians. What madness.!

  • maikano bashir yola

    It is really a pity that some Nigerians always rejoice in making derogatory remarks about any move by a government that is headed by someone outside their region and religion. This government is led not by Muslims alone but Christians as well. Unless, of course, those Christian leaders in the government are regarded fools, I cannot see how President Buhari alone can take such a decision to join the coalition forces. Any sensible person cannot underrate the unprecedented havoc caused by the merciless beasts called boko haram. The phenomenon has spread its tentacles all over African Continent and it is only through joint regional forces that can contain the menace. To talk of Islamising Nigeria by Buhari is ridiculous and balderdash which only the most gullible and unintelligent person can swallow line, hook and sinker. It is damned too impossible for anybody to come and Islamise or Christianise Nigeria.