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Is the Nigerian Government Planning to Islamise Nigeria?

Is the Nigerian Government Planning to Islamise Nigeria?

Verdict: False

 

The Claims: 

As the Nigerian election gets close there has been an uptick of claims, especially on WhatsApp, especially, and other social media that the Nigerian government is planning to Islamise Nigeria.

 

In one of such claims that is being shared on WhatsApp, the composers of the message said they learnt about the plan fro

m “a reliable Islamic source from Turkey”

 

In the carelessly written message with scant regard to the grammatical rule of the English language, an unnamed Islamic group will invade the country and attack Christians.

 

The message claims that the attack will start from Abuja and other northern states with one goal in mind: to establish and Islamic state in Nigeria before supervising the complete breakup of the country.

 

“The only reason they want to come now is because a big referendum is coming into Nigeria very soon and if that happens, they will greatly lose. Please pray for northern Christians, middle belt and especially Igbo land, because they are the target, the British government has called on their citizens to move out of Nigeria without any delay, the USA government has withdrawn their citizens and shut down their embassies in Abuja.  Christians are about to be wiped out in Nigeria,” the message claimed

 

Similarly, an audio message was shared on WhatsApp also claimed to be aware of a meeting held by Nigerian government officials in Saudi Arabia where a plot to Islamise Nigeria was hatched and perfected.

 

According to the person who introduced himself as Kofi in the voice note, he is a Ghanaian but spoke with a Nigerian accent. He said he was warning Nigerians from Saudi Arabia. According to him, his father is a high ranking official of the Ghanaian government who happened to be at a hotel where the plan to Islamise Nigerian was discussed.

 

The speaker then appealed to Nigerians to never vote for President Buhari because the plan was to Islamise Nigeria after the election. He said Nigerian officials were part of part of the meeting where the plan was discussed.

 

The Fact

 

The claim that the Buhari government is planning to Islamise the country has no bases in fact. It is just a cheap propaganda used by certain people for political gain or to cause unnecessary fear. It is also aimed at causing religious tension between Muslims and Christians.

 

Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution explicitly protects against any such action.

 

“The Government of the Federation or of a State shall not adopt any religion as State Religion”

 

Section 38 (1) of the 1999 Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion is protected by the Nigerian constitution.

 

“Every person shall be entitled to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, including freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom (either alone or in community with others, and in public or in private) to manifest and propagate his religion or belief in worship, teaching, practice and observance,” the section reads.

 

Therefore, any attempt to Islamise the country without an amendment of the constitution will be unconstitutional and therefore illegal.

 

To amend the Constitution the resolution must be passed by the votes of not less than four-fifths majority of all the members of each House of the National Assembly i.e. the Senate and the House of Representatives. After it is passed by the requisite majority of the Houses, it must then be approved by resolution of the House of Assembly of not less than two-third of all the States in Nigeria.

 

After the requisite number of States have approved the alterations, the proposed alterations will then be presented before the President for his/her assent to it.

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