OIC: Why Buhari missed meeting of Islamic nations — Presidency

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President Muhammadu Buhari

A presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, says the responsibility of maintaining peace and peaceful coexistence is not only the duty of the government, but also of religious organizations whose words carry weight.

Mr. Shehu stated this in a statement on Saturday while responding to the allegations by the Supreme Council for Sharia, accusing the President of letting down Muslims in his inability to attend the emergency summit of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The extraordinary summit of the OIC in Istanbul, which was attended by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was convened by Turkey to discuss the U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel.

Mr. Shehu described the allegation as “totally misleading and baseless’’, saying the president was represented at the OIC summit by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu.

He said President Buhari had to go to France to attend the Climate Change Summit because he had earlier given a firm commitment to President Emmanuel Macron.

“The Paris summit on climate change wasn’t a junket. It was also about the problems of the Lake Chad region which affects Nigeria as well as the neighboring countries.

“About 30 million lives are involved. Without the drying up of the lake, we would probably not have had the acute poverty that nurtured the environment for Boko Haram terrorism,” he said.

Mr. Shehu recalled that countries such Saudi Arabia and Egypt, which sponsored the UN General Assembly Resolution to condemn Mr. Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel, did not also attend the Turkey meeting for various compelling reasons.

“As a respectable religious organization, an organization that we hold in high esteem, the Supreme Council for Shari’ah could have helped themselves and the nation by checking the facts before the outburst, which sadly, was repeatedly aired by the international radio.

“By the time the Erdogan summit was called, the Presidential advance team was already in Paris, ready to receive him. At that point, the best President Buhari could do was to send a representation.

“He called President Erdogan and explained the circumstances and the Turkish leader expressed his understanding and appreciation. We are signatory to the final resolutions,” he said.

He said at every available opportunity, including his addresses at the UN General Assembly sessions in the past, 2015, 2016 and 2017, President Buhari had always spoken passionately and forcefully about the Palestinian issue and the necessity and urgency of finding a just solution to their case.

Mr. Shehu said: “It is very uncharitable for any religious organization to accuse the President of abandoning Muslims as alleged.

“As can be seen from the UN vote on Jerusalem, the issue of Palestine is for all men of conscience, Muslims, Christians, Jews and even nonbelievers.

“Besides, the President has shown consistency in his support for the Palestinian cause.”

Mr. Shehu, who is the Senior Special Assistant to the President, also quoted the President’s address at the General Assembly in 2015, where he said ‘as we engage in these annual debates, we need remind ourselves of the principles that led to the founding of the United Nations. Among those are peaceful coexistence and self determination of peoples.

‘In this context, Mr. President, the unresolved question of self-determination for the Palestinian people and those of Western Sahara, both nations having been adjusted by the United Nations as qualifying for this inalienable right must now be assured and fulfilled without any further delay or obstacle.’

“The international community has come to pin its hopes on resolving the Palestinian issue through the two – states solution which recognises the legitimate right of each state to exist in peace and security.

“The world has no more excuses or reasons to delay the implementation of the long list of Security Council resolutions on this question. Neither do we have the moral right to deny any people their freedom or condemn them indefinitely to occupation and blockade.”

In his address at the UN in 2016, Mr. Shehu also quoted Mr. Buhari as saying that, ‘Mr. President…the Palestinian issue, despite years and years of international efforts is no nearer to being resolved. Nigeria in company with member States of the African Union, firmly support the Two-State solution with Palestinian rights to statehood in conformity, with numerous Security Council Resolutions beginning with Resolution 242 of 1967.

“Let me seize this opportunity to once again thank all UN and other aid agencies and development partners currently deployed in North East Nigeria. I reaffirm Nigeria’s commitment to collective action towards an effective global response to address the root causes of refugee flows worldwide.’ “

Mr. Shehu further stated in September this year, Mr. Buhari took the issue of Palestine to the UN General and spoke the minds of Nigerians and many in the world that “ ‘new conflicts should not make us lose focus on ongoing unresolved old conflicts.

“For example, several UN Security Council Resolutions from 1967 on the Middle East crisis remain unimplemented. Meanwhile, the suffering of the Palestinian people and the blockade of Gaza continue.”

The presidential spokesman advised religious organizations to avoid jumping to conclusions and making unfounded allegations without adequate knowledge and facts of the reality surrounding certain decisions and actions of the government.

Shehu expressed the appreciation of the Presidency for the support and prayers for the President from all religious organizations and assured that President Buhari was committed to the promotion of peace and harmony in the country.

The Presidential Media Aide urged all religious leaders to recognize the sensitivity of some of their utterances on the unity and peaceful coexistence of the country.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that U.S. president Trump’s announcement of recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was met with widespread condemnation and sparked protests across the world.

NAN recalls that 128 members of the United Nations General Assembly had on Thursday voted to reject U.S. PpTrump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in spite initial threat and warning to sanction those that might vote against American interest.
(NAN)


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  • Chukwuka Okoroafor

    Well maybe Buhari missing the meeting was a Godsend. The Islamist organizations continue to expose themselves and their agenda. Their position on this matter was always about them and them alone. They never spoke for Nigeria or for any real justice and it is quite incredible how they rush to be more Arab than the Arabs. However, I still criticize Buhari for his Paris visit and supposed commitments for Nigeria to reduce emissions by 40%. How will that happen? Will it be through new technology or will it be through sacrificing our right to industrialization? We hardly produce emissions to begin with.

    • Biafran 1967

      I doubt he understood what he was signing to be honest.

  • shalom

    So what benefit is his attending the meeting brought to the masses at this period of time.

  • Joe

    Its like Muslims are in competition in Nigeria!!!!

    • Jon

      No. They are telling Nigerian Christians that Nigeria is an Islamic or Muslim Nation. My take is RESTRUCTURE now or De-amalgamate.

  • Jon

    Nigeria is not a SECULAR State anyway since parts of the country practice Sharia by seceding and declaring Sharia State and at the same time enjoying being Nigerians. These parasites are up for something.

    The South need to kick their ass by way of restructuring Nigeria. Fear of restructuring is causing Buhari to be spending billions and billion of US dollar looking for oil in the desert of the parasitic North.

  • Hinds Peter

    The white man did not want nomadic Negros.They(nomadic Negros)would soon pack up and leave the plantation.Peter Carlos Hinds.Barbados.

  • Hinds Peter

    Under European slavery.A nigger that was not mad could work harder.Peter Carlos Hinds.Barbados.

  • Hinds Peter

    That is Paul.That Black countries should sacrifice their industry in exchange for a better environment.But there is no mention of reduction in the white industrial machine which would also save the environment.Peter Carlos Hinds.Barbados.

  • Bassey Frank

    Premium Times, you have enough space for trashes.

    • Constant

      It is very deplorable that Nigerian Journalist are not credible and lacked the integrity of pure conscience to build a hopeful Nigeria Nation.
      A spectator can’t make much impact in the decisions of officiation in the field of play.

      But why would Nigerian Journalist reduce themselves to that level, in spite of fact that reasonable Nigerians gave all it takes and procured freedom of information bill (FoB) to enable them soar higher than an eagle, yet they still remain a puppet child of wicked ones in this country.

      I thank the President M. Buhari for not allowing the country to used any more as Arab tools of mass destructions. ARABS ARE DESCENDANTS OF SATAN USING ISLAM AS A COVER BUT THEY HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH ISLAM. THEY CONSCIENTIOUSLY DESIGN EVIL AND EXECUTE IT, BUT ONCE THERE IS A STIFF OPPOSITION, AH THEY CRY FOUL LOOKING FOR SHIELD TO COVER THEM, CALLING FOR ISLAMIST, MUSLIMS AND THEIR FAITHFULS TO COME OUT IN MASS FOR DEFENCE.
      More than 90% of ARABS / ARABIANS are neither Muslims nor consider Qur’an for anything. They run their evil ways without respect their creator and other human beings. They only wanted to be heard, served, worshipped and gave up our life for their life, because they believed that they were born kings, rulers, Judges on this planet earth. ONE WHO CLAIMED TO BE A MUSLIMS BUT DO NOT OBEY AND LIVE BY QUR’ANIC INJUNCTIONS, IS HE REAL? Arabs are not real for any good thing at anytime but full of evils.

      Africans/Nigerian Muslims READ, BELIEVE AND PRACTICE QUR’ANIC INJUNCTIONS with clean, clear conscience, without respect for satanic verses, but these demonic incarnates called the Arabians, run that part.

      Nigeria have wasted her hard earned lean resources over decade of years on Arabian’s SELF-CENTEREDNESS and evil quest to overthrow, enslave, rule, dominate and judge others, without asking what have the Arabians done for Nigeria or her benefits in such ventures. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.

      NIGERIA SHOULD REMOVE HERSELF FROM THIS EVIL RACE- ARAB MATTERS IN ALL RAMIFICATIONS. Arabs that filled up in Kano State are the major financiers of BOKO HARAM, they use Africans as drug mules, but that must be stopped immediately.

      Arabs in-despora never came out to condemn what their brothers were using Africans on transit route to Europe to do. UN, AU, POPE, KING FAHD etc, however, Rohinga Muslims, Palestinians are their concern. AFRICANS ARE CORPORATE OPHANS WHO CARES FOR THEM, NO NOT ONE.

      GOD ALMIGHTY’S POWER IS WORKING THROUGH DONALD J. TRUMP TO RESTORE TO HIMSELF WHAT THE ARABS HAVE STOLEN, JUST AS THE ARK OF COVENANT WAS TAKEN BY THE PHILISTINES, THE POWER OF GOD CAME OVER THEM, SO ON THEIR OWN VOLITION THEY RETURNED IT.

      THESE UNGODLY KINGDOM CALLED UNITED NATIONS SURELY SHALL SEE THEIR NAKEDNESS OVER THEIR SUPPORT OF ARAB CONSPIRACY TO DIVIDE ISRAEL AND TAKE AWAY JERUSALEM.

      QUR’AN was against that Arab – UN conspiracies and therefore cannot stand at all. Qur’an classified Palestinians as STATELESS citizens and so that was the same assumption with United Nations. If Arabs wanted peace at that region they would have solicited for purchased part of the Lebanon and resettle the Palestinians and not otherwise. LET US SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.

  • Afo

    The president did well for not attending such religious meeting as Nigeria is a secular State. All steps required for unity and harmony should be taken by all stakeholders in the Nigerian State. God bless Nigeria.

  • UZEZ0168209

    Jerusalem remains the undisputed capital of Israel .so it is in Bible and so shall it be till the end of the world. PERIOD
    Oic with old tech of donkeys, turban and horsemen are losers .