The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has protested the attempt by the current All Progressives Congress (APC) government to subtly enlist Nigeria among Arab nations to fight ISIS.
CAN cited reports from foreign media that Saudi Arabia was building a coalition of 34 Muslim/Arab countries to fight ISIS and Nigeria was named among the 34.
“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,” a statement by the General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake, said.
“While joining hands with other countries to fight ISIS is something good, our country must not be tagged as a Muslim or Arab nation. Christians must make a public statement showing their discontent on this development which portends great danger to national unity and integration,” the statement read.