The Igbo Leaders of Thought (ILT) has urged the Federal Government to respect the rights of the people to agitate for a better society, saying the country can only survive in an atmosphere of the rule of law.
The President of the ILT, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, in a statement, said the agitation for self-determination being embarked upon by the Igbo does not mean secession. He said self-determination was guaranteed by the United Nations charter.
Nwabueze added that the extreme polarisation of the country along religious and ethnic lines, as a result of the actions of the political parties and the Federal Government, was working against the development of Nigeria.
He said: “Islamization obtains when the Quran is brought in as part of the law to regulate the lives of the people, as is the case in 12 northern states. These states have thus violated the religious character of the Nigerian state as provided in Section 10 of the constitution.
“The statement by the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammed Sa’ad Abubakar, in The Guardian newspaper of 20, August, 2016 that “nobody can Islamize Nigeria” is intended to hoodwink us; the reality, as shown in the actions of the Federal Government, is different.”
Nwabueze, a constitutional lawyer, criticised the Federal Government for neglecting the Federal Character principle in the appointment of the President’s kinsmen, tribesmen and fellow adherents of the Islamic faith to critical positions in the security services – Chief of Army, Inspector General of Police, Minister of Defence, Minister of Internal Affairs and the National Security Adviser etc.
He explained that one of the cardinal elements of constitutional democracy was the concept of government of laws and not government of men or personal government.
Nwabueze added: “The Islamization of the personnel of those institutions means the Islamization of the institutions themselves, and consequently the Islamization of the government and, by reason thereof, the state itself.
“The activities of armed Fulani herdsmen who kill, kidnap, rape, burn and destroy crops and land with impunity has continued without any real action by the Federal Government to stop them. The herdsmen have been rightly perceived as advance foot soldiers of the Fulani jihadists.
“The taking of Nigeria into the Organisation of Islamic Congress (OIC) and into the Islamic Bank Organisation as a member thereof is among the actions of the Federal Government designed to implement the Islamization Agenda.
“We call on the Federal Government to stop the Islamization Agenda being pursued in these brazen manners. Christians all over the country and people of the southern states should be on the alert over these developments.
“We also urge that the detained leader of IPOB, Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, should be released unconditionally. In fact, it should be appreciated that his continued incarceration is the factor that inflames the agitation and has kept it alive.”
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