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Minister clarifies Nigeria’s membership of Islamic coalition

08 March 2016, 17:03

Abuja - The Federal Government has said Nigeria’s membership of the Islamic coalition against terror has nothing to do with religion.

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said it was wrong to accuse the government of giving Nigeria an Islamic identity with the decision to be a member of the coalition.

President Muhammadu Buhari had, in an interview he granted to Al-Jazeera during his recent visit to Doha, Qatar, confirmed Nigeria’s membership of the coalition, further fuelling speculations of alleged plans to Islamise the country.

Also read: Buhari confirms Nigeria's membership to Saudi's Islamic coalition

Onyeama, who spoke in Abuja on Monday, said it was a strategic move to completely rid Nigeria of terrorist attacks having suffered a victim for a long time

He said because terrorism was global in outlook, Nigeria would be interested in any move to tackle it.

He stated that rather than dwell on the religious perspective, Nigerians ought to be more interested in the objectives of the coalition.

- News 24


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