The Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, has emphasised that the Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has no plan to Islamise the country.
Speaking at the two-day Peace Summit organised by the Northern chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Mustapha restated that idea being sold to the people is false.
He said: “There was a dummy sold to Christians that there is a plan to Islamise Nigeria. If there is truly an Islamic agenda, why is there no Christianity agenda?”
He noted that Nigeria has been a member of Organisation of Islamic Countries since 1969 and Sharia law has been recognised by the country’s constitution since 1979.
He said: “We first had an observer status in 1969; that’s how we first got there (OIC). In 1986, under IBB, was when we graduated from observer status to active full membership. By that, we became full members with voting rights and had the right to be voted into office.”
Speaking oo Islamic banking, which the country duly approves, he said it was initiated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2005, not Buhari’s administration.
“Obasanjo took the decision because of the benefits that would be accrued to the country in his best of judgment as the leader. And Ngozi Okonjo-Iwela, former Minister of Finance, became the executive director of the bank and since then, every Finance Minister including the present one is an Executive Director of that bank.”