Igbo leaders at a meeting in Enugu on Wednesday unequivocally declared that it was real that President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government has an agenda to Islamise Nigeria.
The Igbo Leaders of Thought based their allegation on the incessant killing of Nigerians across the country by suspected Fulani herdsmen, a tribe and group President Buhari belongs to.
At the meeting which was chaired by Professor Ben Nwabueze, the group also dismissed the Electoral Reform Committee, recently set up by the President, and said “It has nothing to do with us.”
Prof Nwabueze said after the opening session of the meeting, that the “Islamisation agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is real.”
Again, when he addressed newsmen, Prof Nwabueze reiterated, “This is a very crucial meeting for us…And if you look at our agenda, there are critical issues for discussion, issues like Islamisation agenda and its impact on the unity of the country.
“Islamisation agenda is real; it’s not something that somebody has just conjured up. It’s there. And it’s being implemented gradually.
“Look at the security agencies; every aspect of security, Muslims are in control in its entirety. They are doing it methodically; the way they are going about its implementation. Look at Fulani herdsmen menace, it is part of it.
“On the Islamisation thing, we have listed a number of positions which will be embodied in the communiqué that will come out eventually. The Fulani herdsmen, our governors should meet and say we don’t want this anymore, let them go somewhere let them open whatever they call it, (grazing reserve) but not here, yes these are the things we want.”
On his position on the resurgent call for the state of Biafra, he said, “The agitation for Biafra, you will appreciate what is going on, to box the Igbo, to box them so that they will say, ah we are pulling out. And then, they will launch the final solution to the Igbo problem. Our people must not play into their hands. All these agitations, I support, but you should define our objective”.
Notable Igbo leaders in attendance at the meeting included, former Governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, former National Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nduka Eya, former Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Prof. Elochukwu Amucheazi, former Chairman, Senate Committee on Aviation, Senator Anyim Ude and the National Chairman of Igbo Women Association, IWA , Chief Marie Okwo.
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