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MSSN berates Obasanjo over ‘Fulanisation’ claim



Olusegun Obasanjo

Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, MSSN B Zone, has berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo over his claim that the reason for the continued cases of Boko Haram insurgency, kidnappings and armed banditry was aimed at “Fulanisation and Islamisation of Nigeria and West Africa”.

Obasanjo had last Saturday made the allegation as a guest speaker at the second session of the Synod of Anglican Dioceses held at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Oleh in Isoko Local Government of Delta State.

Speaking on the topic: “Mobilizing Nigeria’s human and natural resources for national development and stability”, he said: “It is no longer an issue of lack of education and lack of employment for our youths in Nigeria which it began as, it is now West African Fulanization, African Islamization and global organized crimes of human trafficking, money laundering, drug trafficking, gun trafficking, illegal mining and regime change”.

But the MSSN B- Zone with headquarters in Ibadan, Oyo State, believes that the statement relating the crimes to Islam, and most especially coming from a former Head of State and President, is not only reckless, it is unpatriotic and uncalled for.
In a statement jointly signed by Qaasim B. Odedeji, Amir/Zonal Coordinator; Alhaji Abdul Jalil Abdul Rasaq, Zonal Secretary and Engr. Bashir Momoh, Public Relations Officer, the group said going by the incomparable loss of lives by Muslims in the Boko Haram insurgency and other criminal activities, it should be cleared that “the crimes have no way in Islam”.
“If we must remind Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, perhaps he has forgotten, his regime as President of Nigeria gave rise to regional insurgency such as Niger/Delta militancy and Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) with the militants being mainly southern christians, yet, nobody ascribed the militancy to Christianisation.

“Also considering where Obasanjo chose to make the reckless statement, the congregation being purely southern Christians, it shows Obasanjo deliberately made the wrong assertion to instigate tribal and religious crisis. This is worrisome and unbecoming of somebody of Obasanjo’s status as former Head of State”, it stressed.

It maintained that insurgency, kidnapping, banditry, drug trafficking being perpetrated across all states in Nigeria and by people of different religions and tribes, have no basis in Islam and have nothing to do with Islam and Muslims.

The group, therefore, called on Obasanjo to “be careful in his statements and stop making statements defamatory and indicting of Islam and Muslims in Nigeria in order not to put Nigeria in an avoidable tribal and religious crisis”.

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