Former Head of State, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida has been accused of starting religious crises in Nigeria.
This accusation was made today by DR Maryam Abdullahi, a delegate representing Civil Society Organisation, CSO, while making her contribution to the debate on the report of the conference Committee on Religion, during plenary at the on-going National Conference in Abuja.
PUNCH online reports that Dr Abdullahi stated that the former military ruler pushed Nigeria into membership of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, OIC, without the consent of the people he was ruling.
According to Abdullahi, the move made by Babangida started religious crises in the country.
She also insisted that the relationship between Christians and Muslims deteriorated when Nigeria was admitted as a full member of Organisation of the Islamic Conference.
* Gen. Ibrahim Babangida
Abdullahi alleged that Babangida pushed for Nigeria’s full membership of OIC in order to perpetuate himself in office.
She insisted that this was the beginning of mistrust between adherents of the two faith because of mutual suspicion of possible Islamization of Nigeria.
It could be recalled that the Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, has killed thousands of innocent souls across Nigeria especially in the northestern part of Nigeria through terror attacks.
Some of their recent attacks include a twin bomb explosions in Jos, Plateau State, followed by another bomb blast that happened near a viewing centre in the same city few days later.
Prior to these attacks, the insurgent group had also killed hundreds of people in two separate attacks they carried out at a motor garage in Nyanya, Abuja.
On 14 April, the terror group kidnapped no fewer than 276 schoolgirls inside Government Girls Secondary School in Chibok, Borno State.
More than six weeks after the abduction of the girls, the Nigeria government is yet to rescue the schoolgirls saying they are not ready to negotiate with the terrorists.