Christian Elders Forum slams Buhari over Nigeria’s membership of Islamic coalition


A group, the Nigerian Christian Elders Forum, has strongly condemned the recent inclusion of Nigeria in the Saudi Arabia-led coalition against terrorism.

The decision to join the group was announced by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Addressing Journalists in Abuja, Friday, the NCEF chairman, Solomon Asemota, said the action was a clear negation of the rights of Nigerians as well as a lack of regard for the views of non-Muslim Nigerians who took part in bringing the new administration to power.

“Including Nigeria in the Saudi Arabia Military coalition of Muslims/Arab nations would appear that the foreign policy thrust of the current administration is to make Nigeria a satellite state of Saudi Arabia,” the group said.

“Any nation in which Islamists believe that they are sufficiently strong to exercise influence rarely experiences peace.

“Mr. President should kindly remember that over 50 per cent non-Muslims of Nigeria did not vote for the nation to become Sharia compliant,” the group said.

The NCEF said the inclusion of Nigeria in the Organisation of Islamic Conference, OIC, in 1975, as well as its recent inclusion in the Saudi-led coalition was an attempt by Muslim leaders to dominate the country, with the teachings of Islam.

“While Islam is a religion; Islamism, otherwise called political Islam, is a set of ideologies that hold that Islam is not a religion, but a political system meant to dominate the environment in which it is practised,” it stated.

The group said some policies and decisions of the Buhari government has given Nigerians cause for concern.

“N900 billion was released as bailout to states without appropriation. International commitments are being made without resource to the National Assembly,” it pointed out.

The group also noted the, “Attempt to fund deficit in the 2016 budget through issuance of Sukkuk loan which is a Sharia compliant loan”.

The NCEF aslo said the decision by the Kaduna State government to enact a religious bill was a shocking.

“We wish to express tremendous shock at the proposed Kaduna state bill. The proposed bill contravenes section 38 (1) of the 1999 constitution,” the group stated.

The NCEF expressed dismay at what it described as the Federal Government’s inaction to the carnage and destruction perpetrated by the Fulani Herdsmen.

“According to media reports over 300 Nigerians were allegedly massacred by the Fulani Herdsmen. Till today, there has been no prosecution of any of them,” it stated.

The NCEF also decried the decision of government to establish grazing reserves across the nation, saying the proposal is a deceptive attempt to appropriate the land of indigenous ethnic groups for Fulani Herdsmen to spread terror across the nation.

The group called on the government to convene a Council of State meeting to enable past presidents of Nigeria assess the developments in the country, and make suggestions that will lead to the creation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

According to the group, the commission which should follow an enactment of law, should among other things, study the problem of terror in Nigeria and ensure the prosecution of culprits.

The NCEF called on ethnic groups to introduce community policing to protect its indigenes, while urging the government to re-introduce the study of history in secondary schools.


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  • Bunduma Mohammed

    This Solomon Asemota may be one of jobless former member of TAN who want recognition because there is nothing wrong in joining association against terrorism given our experience in Nigeria. Stop misleading people since you have failed to show what Christains would looseby.

    • NoSpinEd

      The lack of sensitivity in your response or President Buhari’s(for that matter) is the essence of our problem. Compare that with Mr. Asemota’s conciliatory address of our president: “Mr. President should kindly remember that over 50 per cent non-Muslims of Nigeria did not vote for the nation to become Sharia compliant..” This should have been debated and voted on by Congress who are the representatives of the people.
      It is not an accident that we have a tradition of Muslim Presidents choosing Christian running mates and vice versa.
      It is designed to keep the peace by assuring a pluralistic population that there is no agenda outside of the mandate granted by the people for governance. This is a direct insult to our current Christian VP who has now been made to look like a figurehead.

      • Omoekoogidi

        Ok so where was this group when Dumbo was given policy speeches that concerns every Nigerian from pulpits of churches ?
        It was ok when JEG was acting llike a pope or general overseer of Nigeria but now they want to rave and rant over Meer joining of a group to fight terrorists . This clueless asemota is a religious prostitute.

        • NoSpinEd

          The “rave and rant” is not over a mere “joining of a group to fight terrorists”, It is about joining a group that clearly declares itself as representing Islamic states that are sharia compliant. No reasonable person would object to the president giving speeches from Muslim mosques. He has every right as a Muslim. It is not the same thing as committing a religiously pluralistic country to an Islamic alliance without consultation. Besides we do not want to become engrossed in a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

    • Sean

      The CAN under the fraudulent Oritsejafor looted Nigeria and even as a Christian I fully support Buharis initiatives

      • Otile

        Wonderful. You fully support Buhari’s Islamization initiatives. Boy, you must be a Yoruba.

        • Ayinde

          he is not a Yoruba man and in the event he is, must be a product of mis misdemenour like Yinusa and Ese.

      • Ayinde

        Guess you must be sick for calling Oritsejafor as fraudulent how about your Buhari is he not fraudulent and full of deceit

  • persona

    These guys are funny, look at it this way, why would Islamic nation choose to gather several countries to attack Muslims?
    They are rallying to eradicate the same thing the man is claiming is political. Is it a coincidence that the GCC countries rose from the ashes and have become where Nigeria’s largest church(RCCG) has now proceeded to have parishes?
    So how do you suppose the Islamic leaders of these Islamic countries allow Nigeria set up churches in their domain?
    The world has since moved on from religion, those holding unto it as tools have no standing in the society. The guys have their agenda, it is desperate attention seeking and they didn’t waste time to say they want a CONFERENCE. In their imagination, if Buhari convoked a council of state and subjected to a vote, there are more Muslim heads of state and they will still fail at their objective in that regard.

  • IZON Redeemer

    Only a president with ulterior political motives will elevate political violence above the kind of genocide carried out by Fulani herdsmen in Benue State – Gov. Fayose, so reports Vanguard

    Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said that it was strange that the same President Buhari who did not utter a word until over 400 Agatu people of Benue State were murdered, swiftly reacted to the reported political violence in Rivers State from faraway Malabo in Equatorial Guinea.

    The governor said: “In Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, Fulani herdsmen allegedly killed over 400 people, including children and pregnant women, destroyed more than 10 villages. President Buhari did not raise his voice against this genocide until I condemned his silence.

    “Also in Mile 12, Lagos, when 15 persons, including two children, were killed with property worth several millions of naira destroyed during a clash between Hausa and Yoruba traders, President Buhari did not give the security services any clear directives to deal decisively with anyone.”

    Fred Agbedi of the House of Representatives, Sagbama/Ekeremor, Bayelsa State, yesterday, said that President Buhari was insincere in his actions concerning the violence in Rivers State.

    According to him, President Buhari kept mum on the killings by Fulani herdsmen in Agatu, Benue State, as well as the violence which took place in Bayelsa State during the last governorship election, adding that what happened in Rivers State was a lesser evil.

    He said, “Better still, does it not show an emotional bias that Mr President chose to ignore the wanton, criminal ethnic cleansing going on in Benue State and rather spoke about a lesser evil?”

    “I must say that not many Nigerians are happy that the President kept quiet over the Agatu and Nasarawa killings that have reached genocide heights but chose to internationalise a local political heat in Rivers State. Until Mr President speaks on the killings perpetrated by herdsmen in Benue and Nasarawa States, I do not consider him a sincere leader. Mr President must speak out.”…

    • okpada

      My brother, The holy bible forbids stealings, but our so called leaders who are Christians have failed in this regards. They stole more than than unbelievers, that is, those who are not Christians. Now where was Asemota and his co travellers when the money met to procure weapon to fight terrorism in Nigeria was been cornered by a christian president and his cohorts while boko haram was having a field day? Have they even rose up to condemn these people with mindburgling revelations coming out on daily basis on how the money met for weapons were stolen by those who are supposedly Christians. Please let Asemota tell us his agenda and his motive behind this satanic agitation. They should allow PMB to cure the disease they inflirted on the Nation Nigeria. God bless Nigeria

      • Ochon


    • Uzoma John

      Loser. No more crumbs to pick

  • markko

    Buhari should be caged he is an animal

  • Cleartruth

    Our Christian leaders should stop agonising but start organising. We demand CAN to organise nationwide Christian protests to register our displeasure on the Islamic agenda of dictator buhari before its too late. The rate with which he is prosecuting his Islamic agenda is very alarm.

    • umolu

      Very alarming indeed.I don’t see why everybody should not go his own way . Demonstration does not mean a thing to the devil.As it is, being a member of an association, just any kind of association is better than being a citizen of Nigeria. Can you imagine how much money is being wasted on the Boko Haram insurgency, a self inflicted problem created by the core north in the gab of religion? Now we have the Fulani herdsmen issue. This is aside from liabilities from known thieves like Abacha et al. All we get from the north is nil, nothing, zero in all endeavors. Negatives like laziness, corruption ,terrorism,religious bigotry and nepotism among others are their trademarks. Non of them can point at one thing they have accomplished since the beginning of this country. Is it a must to remain one country ?Those who say yes are those who benefit from being one. This is understandable as one man’s gain is another’s loss.

  • Remi

    Where was this man when his brother Jonathan attended OIC meeting, the first by a Nigerian president? Where was he when his brother and his aides were stealing (without corruption) without appropriation? Was he in the moon? He even went further to say that we should not take loan without interest. How patriotic? Was the bail out for aliens and not Nigerians? I advice that he should quietly find a place to lick his wounds of lost opportunity to “you know” occasioned by his brother’s defeat at the polls.

  • Otile

    Alhamdu Lila, Notorious Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been wounded and arrested in a raid in Brussels, officials have said. They said Abdeslam, who had been on the run since the November attacks, was wounded in the leg as police moved in on a flat in the Molenbeek area. “We got him,” said Theo Francken, Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration. Abdeslam – one of Europe’s most wanted men – is a key suspect in the jihadist attacks in Paris which 130 people died. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel had to urgently leave an EU-Turkey summit as details of the operation began to emerge. The raid apparently continued late into the evening, as two more explosions were reported recently at the scene.

  • New Nigerian

    This view point is so old and dated. Who cares? When Jonathan established an ambassadorial post in the Vatican (a walled part of Rome with 842 residents), did it mean Nigeria was a catholic country? Or did you all think that non-Catholics and Muslims were hypnotized? Same man would be angling to have wedding of his daughter in Dubai! They only hate Muslims when they are Nigerians, others they want to steal Nigerian commonwealth and rent apartments in their countries.

    Now having said that is it Afenifere that reincarnates as Christian Elders Forum? Whatever forms you all take, the commonwealth would be recovered, terrorism would be stopped – there is no retreat or surrender, God willing victory is certain!

    • umolu

      What victory? Mr Buhari is not that great as you would want people to believe. When the Katrina happened far away in Louisiana the US President went there in a helicopter to see things for himself. How far away is Benue state from Abuja? With all these ethnic cleansing especially in the middle belt, in the guise of fulani herdsmen, soon there may be no toilet bowl by name Nigeria for Buhari to preside over. ANYBODY WHO THINKS THAT NIGERIA CAN BE ISLAMISED IS A BIG JOKER IN THE PARK.

      • New Nigerian

        I am sorry to tell you the fact that the Agatu incident is ginned’s a police issue – does not even compare to what Boko Haram is doing on what Tompolo and his boys have done and are doing throw cutting pipelines.

        • umolu

          What do you mean -ginned up? I am Idoma by tribe and an Agatu by ancestral heritage and so know what it is that has been going on in the land of my birth. The whole of the middle belt is aware of the mischief that is hausa / fulani and one day matters will come to a head. We regrettably fought the civil war and knowing what we know now it is only a matter of time.

          • New Nigerian

            You are not done huh! 36,000+ genocide, 2 million+ internally displaced, 100s of billions of dollars stolen egged along by David Mark will not satisfy you?!! And now that Oligarch Mark would soon be relieved from the stolen commonwealth you get enraged! You plan and God plans – God is the best of planners. Enough said.

    • Excisionist

      Again twisted analogy: Establishing diplomatic relations with the Vatican Saudi Arabia, Iran or USA is not analogous to joining a religious group as a country. I can see you really had nomadic education. Instead of New Nigeria you should use an appropriate handle like – FulaniHerdsman

      • New Nigerian

        Yes I have normadic education in Nigeria, Europe and North America – in that you are correct. And yes I am a herdsman of a different sort – shamelessly passionate about a better Nigeria. I see my analogy is above your pay grade though – goes right over your head. Too deep.

        • Excisionist

          You are irredeemable. Samuel Doe had your kind of confidence. We all know how he ended up. Keep dreaming.

          • New Nigerian

            You are confusing your random synaptic firings with cognition!

  • Uzoma John

    I don’t know what is wrong with this so called Christian elders. They are speaking out because PMB joined Saudi led coalition against terrorism. Does that mean we are now Muslim state? So what would they say about countries like the USA, UK and Europe that have along standing relationship with Saudi and entire Middle East against terrorism. I think these so called elders are overstepping their bounds. They should rather be speaking out on how thieving politicians ravaged our country. How would since most of them are partakers in all the heist been uncovered. Playing religious card at every little opportunity to distract attention.

    • North/West Allies

      My friend they should tell us about thee agreement, the implications. In a democratic nation the national assembly will debate and vote

      • New Nigerian

        Eliminating terrorism by all means possible was an election issue. Buhari won handily. He has a strong mandate to do exactly what he is doing. You all who are still smarting from loosing should look for other things to de-legitimize his presidency!

        • North/West Allies

          We are still waiting to hear that looters has been jailed, for now he is a joke

          • New Nigerian

            You waited for 16 years and did nothing while they looted, you can wait for 16 months for the wheel of justice to sort this out – we are not barbarians, we hate the sin and not the sinners, and as such we can patiently untangle the complex web of corruption that was woven over many many years

          • North/West Allies

            16 years? Atiku, Amaechi and Kwanwkaso are part of it…and they are looters, they should go to jail

    • KBE

      You know that nothing is wrong with them but you. You are in the denial of reality. That makes you sycophant and a zombie.

  • Excisionist


    Is Nigeria a Muslim country ?

    By joining this group, Buhari is stating that Nigeria is a Muslim country. He shows his insensitivity to the opinions and feelings of Nigerians by calling objectors bigots. Buhari is an agent of instability. Neither his words nor actions show that he cares about Nigeria or Nigerians.

    The NASS should seriously consider Buhari’s impeachment. If they fail, his violent overthrow will be acceptable to most Nigerians at this moment. BUHARI IS A FAILURE!!

    • New Nigerian

      Violent overthrow would be terrorism and the Islamic coalition would help stop that. Sorry, Buhari is ten steps ahead of you!

      • Excisionist

        You are irredeemable. Samuel Doe had your kind of confidence. We all know how he ended up. Keep dreaming !

        • New Nigerian

          You are confusing your random synaptic firings with cognition!

      • Julius

        Amen. Thank you !



  • SonOfAdam

    Phew! It’s really not easy to practice “freedom of conscience and religion” in Nigeria. As far as I’m concerned RIGHTEOUSNESS in Islam and Christianity is the same. But somehow, western culture which appears to be increasingly accommodated by Christians has distorted perception of RIGHTEOUSNESS by the average Christian. Hence, Islamic Shariah which is nothing but divine guidance and law upholding RIGHTEOUSNESS is always a terrifying matter for the average Christian. I wonder how we can ever win the fight against evil and corruption. But, I’m absolutely sure that Jesus Christ is at home with Shariah.

  • We’re affected by terror in the name of religion with terrorists being mostly Sunni Muslims, even herdsmen terrorize us without being held responsible for anything. Our army, with its Muslim population largely Sunni has killed Shi’a Muslims in the name of self defense, with the Shi’a nation Iran voicing its displeasure. Far in the middle east, Sunnis, backed by Saudi Arabia are waging a very brutal warfare aginst Shi’as backed by Iran. From our own local Islamic issues, we appear to have a Sunni majority. Now, knowing the ongoing struggle for supremacy between the two powerful Islamic nations (Saudi Arabia (Sunni) and Iran (Shi’a)), and seeing that our nation which Muslim population is largely Sunni has actually waged a military battle against Shi’a Muslims, killing them in the name of Nigeria, how does joining Saudi-led ISMAT make us look to Shi’a nations with whom we don’t want to have any problems?
    Will Nigeria’s membership in this coalition really end terrorism in Nigeria, or will it polarize terror along Sunni and Shi’a lines? What stops Iran from promoting terrorists of Shi’a roots in Nigeria as we already see in the case of middle eastern countries involved in this Saudi-Iran war? What stops Iran from frustrating Nigeria’s economy seeing they’re also strong influencers of the global oil price and far wealthier? Will joining ISMAT not make Nigeria become like one of these middle eastern countries with unending unrest and wars? Do we really need to even give the impression that we support any side and actually join in a proxy war?
    Joining ISMAT should not be confused with being in a diplomatic relationship with Saudi Arabia (we’ve been cool with them long before now). I’m aware we and the arab world treat each other peacefully before now. We didn’t need to join any of their organizations to confirm our agreement to peace with them, especially those with religious tags.
    I wonder if our president considered and weighed the risks involved in joining this coalition against the gains that result from neutrality especially seeing we’re not even an Islamic nation.

  • Excisionist

    @SonOfAdam “Jesus Christ is at home with Shariah ”
    Your pedophile psedoprophet Muḥammad ibn ʿAbd Allāh brought no RIGHTEOUSNESS but evil to the world. How about your six year old daughter being ravaged by a 52 year old man who received message from the devil and calls himself a prophet.

    Do not deceive yourself. the Muslim god is different from the Christian and Jewish God. Action speaks louder than voice. The actions of Muslims all over the world are so laud that we cannot hear their voice.

    By the way, your sharia is for poor people. When we see the hand of your political and religious leaders severed then we will know that you are serious

    • SonOfAdam

      You are obviously a mischievous ignoramus of the highest order. You do not in the least sound like someone who understand God and anything associated with Him. Your knowledge of Islam is from enemy sources, and nothing but concocted lies. Your mind and brain are nothing but pit latrine of satans.

      • Excisionist

        You may call me names but what I wrote is a fact of history as well as of current events. Perhaps you don’t know your religion very well.

  • Excisionist

    @Okwufulueze Emeka Daniel ” . . .even herdsmen terrorize us without being held responsible for anything. ”


    As a first step to getting Buhari and his accomplices to listen:
    The Elders and community leaders across the country (villages, towns, local governments, states and geopolitical zones ) should as a matter of urgency organize demonstration against:
    – The atrocities of Fulani herdsmen
    – The indifference of the Buhari administration
    – the complicity of the Interior Minister Adulrahman Danbazau
    – The insensitivity of the Buhari administration in policy and action

    So far only the Enugu state women that have demonstrated against the atrocities of Fulani herdsmen, Did Buhari hear? No of course. After Agatu, next villages to be sacked are in Enugu state. So all hands shoul be on deck – men, women, children, young and old ACROSS THE COUNTRY, (especially in North Central, South-South, South-West and South-East geopolitical zones)

    Efforts shoul be intensified to get the attention of the international community

    If Buhari does not listen, there are further steps to take

    But now –

    Demonstration ! Demonstration !! Demonstration !!!