by Victor Edozie
Former Head of State and APC presidential aspirant, retired Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, said yesterday in Port Harcourt that it is not possible for anyone to Islamise Nigeria under any guise.
Buhari, who was in Port Harcourt to seek the support of APC delegates, said those who had labelled him as an Islamic fundamentalist were only out to malign him.
He said it is difficult to enforce a particular religion with Nigeria’s diverse ethnic and religious background.
Similarly, Governor Chibuike Amaechi debunked rumours by those he called “mischief makers and political opponents” that the APC is an Islamic party.
Amaechi who spoke at an interactive session with students of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (UOE) in Port Harcourt yesterday, said the APC has no intention to Islamise Nigeria if it wins next year’s presidential election.
Amaechi also exonerated Gen. Buhari, saying the APC is a party for progressives who mean well for Nigerians and the overall development of the country.
“When General Muhammad Buhari was Nigeria’s Head of State, he did not Islamise Nigeria, and to do that, he needs the endorsement of the National Assembly to debate over the issue. Buhari cannot Islamise Nigeria. Don’t be perturbed by what our detractors are saying. I am an ardent Catholic Christian and I converse with God a lot. It is not true that the APC will Islamise Nigeria. The National Chairman of APC, Mr. John Oyegun, is a Christian. Bola Tinubu’s wife is also a Christian, Buhari’s cook is a Christian from Igboland, his driver is also a Christian. As a father to all of those Christians, Buhari gives Sunday as a free day to his domestic staff to go to church and worship God. So, no one should believe what our detractors are saying about Buhari and the APC,” he said.