President Muhammadu Buhari confirmed in an interview with Al Jazeera that he has taken Nigeria into a Saudi Arabia led Coalition of Islamic States against terror.
He said: “We are part of it [the coalition] because we’ve got terrorists in Nigeria which claim they are Islamic. So if there is an Islamic coliation [sic] to fight terrorism, Nigeria will be part of it”.
When the interviewer asked what if Christians complained, considering he seemed to be identifying the country as Islamic, Buhari referred to them as “religious bigots” and suggested they should go and fight Boko Haram.
Buhari swore to uphold the Nigerian Constitution when he took office. A failure to do this can be interpreted as “gross misconduct in the performance of the functions of his office.”
The Nigerian Constitution in Chapter 1 Section 10 states quite clearly: “The Government of the Federation or of a State shall not adopt any religion as State Religion”.
A coalition of Islamic countries means a group of countries in which Islam is their “state religion”, meaning they are “Islamic”. Nigeria is not Islamic. It is a secular state with Muslims, Christians and followers of African religions. Nigeria has not adopted any religion as its official creed as Saudi Arabia or the Gulf states have done. So it is unconstitutional to drag the country into a coalition of countries that are Islamic.
Buhari said in 2001: “I will continue to show openly and inside me the total commitment to the Sharia movement that is sweeping all over Nigeria. God willing, we will not stop the agitation for the total implementation of the Sharia in the country. It is a legal responsibility which God has given us, within the context of one Nigeria, to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia wholeheartedly … and to educate non-Muslims that they have nothing to fear. What remains for Muslims in Nigeria is for them to redouble their efforts, educate Muslims on the need to promote the full implementation of Sharia law”.
The National Assembly should act to stop Buhari adopting Islam as Nigeria’s state religion.