Christian elders in Nigeria have raised alarm over a perceived Islamic agenda in the country. This is a reaction to the recent suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen and appointment of Justice Tanko Muhammad as acting CJN.
The National Christian Elders Forum who made known their stand in a statement released on Wednesday urged Nigerians to resist the Islamists in the country.
According to the statement titled, “CJN Onnoghen: What is really at stake and the way out,” the elders claimed that Nigerians, unknowingly to them, elected an Islamist organization in 2015 and must do everything to vote them out of power in 2019.
The statement below, reads in part, “In 2015, Nigerians unwittingly elected an Islamist government into office, supposedly on a platform of democracy. It is with this as background that the questionable suspension of the CJN, Justice Walter Onnoghen, should be situated. The ‘judicial coup’ is not only against the judiciary, but also the constitution that is under attack and with it, the sovereignty of the Nigerian state as a democratic nation.
“Islamism is not a religion but a political ideology which holds that wherever Islam is, Islam must dominate.
“That is one reason why Islamism is called political Islam. However, while all Islamists are Muslims, all Muslims are not Islamists. The National Christian Elders Forum is calling on Nigerians to mobilise to resist the Islamists in Nigeria and ensure that they do not return to power again so that Nigerians can concentrate on building a just and equitable society.
“In order to put an end to the recurring decimal of violence, conflicts, suspicion, distrust, insecurity, poverty and other vices plaguing Nigeria, NCEF reiterates that Nigerians should ensure that Islamists are not voted into power in 2019.”
Signatories to the released statement include Lt.Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, Solomon Asemota (SAN), Prof. Joseph Otubu, Gen. Joshua Dogonyaro (retd.), Dr Kate Okpareke, Dr Ayo Abifarin, Gen. Zamani Lekwot (retd.), Elder Moses Ihonde, Elder Nat Okoro and Elder Matthew Owojaiye.