Prelate of Methodist Church of Nigeria, Dr. Samuel Uche, has denied reports credited to him in the media that he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of a grand plot to Islamize Nigeria.
It would be recalled that the Prelate, who spoke on Sunday at Iffe in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State during the enthronement of Rt Rev Jacob Ibikunle as the Bishop of Okun Diocese, was widely reported as alleging that the Buhari administration was using Fulani herdsmen to carry out an invasion of Christian-dominated communities in the North-Central, insisting that such plan would be resisted by Christians.
He also faulted the ‘cold silence’ of the Buhari administration to the threat posed by Fulani herdsmen, claiming that the president had refused to address the mass killing of people and burning of their property by the herdsmen.
According to him: “We are closely watching this government because we are aware there is a gameplan to Islamise Nigeria, and they are using the Fulani herdsmen to initiate it before they fully launch it out. But I tell you there is going to be serious resistance from Christians. If they think they can use the Fulanis to exterminate us, then they have failed. Look at what is happening in Benue State and all over Nigeria, the herdsmen will just invade a community and wipe out every living creature there before they set the place ablaze. Infact, the issue of Fulani herdsmen is now worse than Boko Haram.
“We cannot fold our arms and watch these herdsmen continue killing our people like this. The activities of Fulani herdsmen have never been so pronounced like under this government.
”The issue of insecurity is so alarming and growing worst every day, innocent people and even men of God are being kidnapped at will on daily basis and ransom collected with little or no challenge from anywhere”.
But in a statement Tuesday, the Prelate described the reports as a misrepresentation of facts.
He said: President Muhammadu Buhari was never accused of planning to Islamise Nigeria, rather, I said that the militant sect of the Fulani herdsmen with their Boko Haram collaborators think that they can Islamize Nigeria, their efforts will always be resisted”.