In what can be described as a bold statement that Nigeria is a secular state, President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday told the Saudi Arabian government that the Nigerian Military will not be a part of the Islamic States’ coalition against terror.
The president conveyed the position of the Federal Government to King Salman Bin Abdul-Aziz during bilateral meeting talks between the two leaders held in Riyadh, the capital city of Saudi Arabia.
Mr. Buhari is on a week-long state visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
Recall that last October, the Saudi Arabian Defence Minister and Deputy Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, announced that his country has formed a coalition of 34 Islamic countries to coordinate a fight against terrorist organizations across the globe.
The minister listed Nigeria among the countries that make up the coalition.
The inclusion of Nigeria among the coalition sparked controversy with the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, pointedly rejecting the labeling of the country by Saudi Arabia as an Islamic nation.
The formal rejection of the offer was made public yesterday by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, while explaining that the two leaders engaged in extensive discussions on regional and global issues, and agreed that terrorism posed a common threat to their states and would require close cooperation to prevail over the threats.
The presidential spokesman quoted Buhari, who was making his first pronouncement on the invitation to join the coalition of Islamic states against terror spearheaded by the Saudis, as congratulating the Kingdom for forming the coalition, saying: “Even if we are not a part of it, we support you.
“I must thank the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for the recent creation of a coalition to address the menace of international terrorism. Nigeria will support your efforts in keeping peace and stopping the spread of terror in your region.
“This is in consonance with our own commitment and ongoing efforts in seeking to stamp out Boko Haram terrorists from the West African sub-region and Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC).” On global terror generally, Buhari said: “International terrorism made a statement by attacking one of the advanced countries by carrying out an attack on Paris, in which 130 were killed.
“Now we have to come together to find a common solution to the problem of terrorism”.
He also thanked the Saudi government for continuing support to Nigeria in the fight against terrorism.
Speaking on the crisis in Libya, President Buhari expressed regrets that the late Libyan leader, Muammar Ghadhafi recruited, trained and armed citizens of many states in the Sahel region.
“With his fall, these mercenaries have returned to their countries doing nothing but to shoot and kill”, he said.
The president cited Burkina Faso and Mali as the main victims but expressed happiness that the countries neighboring the Lake Chad had tightened their ranks to finish off the Boko Haram threat.
“Luckily, we have cultivated our neighbours. We are now working together against Boko Haram, otherwise the problem would have become worse”, he said.
In his remarks, King Salman commended the progress made by Nigeria in combating terrorism, and promised to give further support and assistance.
He also welcomed the support of the Nigerian government for the new ant-terrorism coalition and implored the president to consider its full membership.
The Saudi King pledged his full support and cooperation to Nigeria under its present leadership and directed all agencies of his government to follow up on the discussions.
“I now instruct my team to go and sit down with your relevant agencies to push forward cooperation between our states”, he said.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
#EndSARS: Protesters Rain Curses On Me: Femi Adesina
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed that he has been receiving curses from Nigerians through phone calls and text messages over a false report that he advised his principal to shun protesters.
Adesina stated in an article he wrote titled: “An Enemy of the People’ published on Thursday evening.
￼Adesina denied that he advised President Buhari for whatever reasons on the End SARS protesters, but said an online platform falsely accused him that he told Buhari to “ignore the protests and not give in to the demands of ‘Twitter warriors’.
He explained that his telephone numbers were posted on social media, thereby, making people reach out to him with curses.
Sanwo-Olu Sends Condolence Message To Seyi Makinde Over Mother’s Death
Recall that InformationNigeria earlier reported that Governor Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday lost his mother, Chief Abigail Makinde.
The governor’s mother passed on at age 81.
Also Read: Governor Seyi Makinde Loses 81-Yr-Old Mother
Reacting to the news, Sanwo-Olu prayed for the dead and consoled the bereaved via his official Twitter handle on Thursday. He wrote:
“I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama’s soul rest eternally.”
I commiserate with Governor @seyiamakinde on the passing to eternal glory of his dear mother, Mrs Abigail Makinde.
While I extend my condolences to the Makinde family, I pray that God grants them the grace and courage to bear the loss. May mama's soul rest eternally. pic.twitter.com/EaFIlq3Uv3
— Babajide Sanwo-Olu (@jidesanwoolu) October 15, 2020
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