War: CAN calls on FG to desist from supporting Middle East because Nigeria is not an Islamic State
BY PRINCELY ONYENWE,IMO
The Christian Association of Nigeria CAN has called on FG and the National Assembly to stay back in the moves to supporting the middle east in any form because Nigeria is not an Islamic State.
This CAN has warned that taking sides in Middle East conflict will not help NIGERIA.
CAN has beckon on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that Nigeria does not take sides with either of the warring factions in the ongoing violence in the Middle East.
The association made the call in a statement on Monday signed by its National Secretary, Daramola Bade.
The statement was titled ‘Nigeria should not pitch tent against Israel – CAN.’
Recall that President Recep Erdogan of Turkey had told Buhari on the telephone that he expected Nigeria to show solidarity with Palestinians following the latest attacks by Israel on Jerusalem and Gaza.
The Turkish President had told Buhari that his country was trying to get the international community to teach Israel, which he described as “unlawful, unjust and unscrupulous,” a lesson, adding that he believed that Nigeria will support Palestinians in “this rightful cause.”
But CAN called on the international community to intervene in the crisis without taking sides if they truly wanted an enduring peace.
The statement read, “The Christian Association of Nigeria has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against joining Arab world in fighting Israel in the ongoing violence in the Middle East as advocated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey because Nigeria is a secular state.
“Erdogan reportedly called ‘for the international community to teach the necessary lesson to unlawful, unjust and unscrupulous Israel due to its attacks against Palestine, President Erdogan voiced his belief that Nigeria would show solidarity with the Palestinians in this rightful cause.’
“We are worried that Nigeria which was wrongly labelled an Islamic State because of her unlawful membership of the Organisation of Islamic Conference has been taking side with the Palestinians since the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari, hence why the Turkish President asked Nigeria to identify with the Palestinians.
For the record, millions of Nigerian Christians are in support of Israel against the position of the government. We once again remind the Federal government and the National Assembly that Nigeria is not an Islamic State.
“We agree with the United States that Israel has the right to defend herself against external aggression.
We see no reason why Nigeria should take side with either of the warring factions.”
On this therefore we call on the International community to intervene in the ongoing bloody actions in the Middle East without taking side if they truly wanted an enduring peace- CAN maintained.
CAN however frowned on this perceived development and call the FG on behalf of every Nigerian Christian, to reverse itself on the support that has been given to the Palestinians to date.
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