Chief Solomon Asemota, SAN, a former Defence Minister, Lt. Gen. T.Y Danjuma (retd); former Military Governor of Rivers state, General Zamani Lekwot (retd), has dragged President Muhammadu Buhari to the United Kingdom, UK, Parliament, alleging that the President was pursuing a jihad or Islamisation agenda.
According to Vanguard, “They told the UK Parliament that Buhari was not serious about tackling insecurity arising from Boko Haram insecurity and herdsmen-farmers crises in the country.
Other members of the group are: General Joshua Dogonyaro, retd; Justice Kalajine Anigbogu, Elder Matthew Owojaiye, Dr. Kate Okpaleke and Elder Moses Ihonde.
The blamed Lord Lugard for sowing the seed of ethno-religious crises and dichotomy between Northern and Southern Nigeria.
Their paper was entitled, “Competing Ideologies of Democracy and Sharia in Nigeria; The Nuance Understanding of the Drivers of the Conflict in Nigeria by Farmers and Herders.”
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“British man on the spot, Lord Lugard promoted Islam by preventing proselytizing in Muslim areas of Nigeria especially the emirates. Lugard was in love with Muslim North especially the Sultanate of Sokoto, for their contribution towards the war effort. He further created Northern Nigeria Corporation which Turkey did not offer as reasons why the Muslim North was entitled to special treatment and, above all, he (Lugard) was a disgruntled “suitor” who seemed to have lost his faith in Christianity before he got married to Miss Flora Shaw.
“He hated educated black people and the South had many of them by 1914 dispensed with during a period of racism. Lugard created Muslim Northern Nigeria and annexed (not amalgamated) Southern Nigeria to provide access to the sea and sustenance for Muslim North. He would rather have traditional leaders to rule, than educated Africans. He ensured this, even after retirement from the colonial services.
“At Independence, the British saw Islamism creeping into Nigeria and tried to make up with Human Rights in the Constitution.
“At the same time the British government ensured dominance of the North in terms of size as against the South that was divided into East, West and, later Midwest.
“Democracy was agreed upon by all the parties, North, East and West during the Independence Conferences but the Intelligence Department was structured to promote Sharia as an alternative source of legislation.
“At independence in 1960, the first law enacted by the Parliament was the Emergency Act of 1961. This was strange way of celebrating freedom. This law was followed by a contrived Emergency in Western Region in 1963 resulting in the Western crisis of 1965 and the coup of January and July 1966. The July coup was a jihad that resulted in the killing of innocent Nigerians especially the Ndigbo who were mainly Christians.
“This jihad resulted in the pogrom that led to the Civil War of 1967 – 1970. The jihad continued with the Maitatsine riots which was supposed to be between Muslim sects but in reality provided an excuse to attack and kill Ndigbo especially the shop owners and their shops were looted.
“There was no correlation between Maitatsine and Christian shop owners, “Maitatsine” became an excuse for jihad against other Muslims to ensure that they fall in line especially in Bulunkutu, Jimeta, etc, Having subdued the North and moderate Muslims including the overthrow of Christian General, Yakubu Gowon and a moderate Muslim President, Shehu Shagari, today, 2019, Nigeria has a group of Christian Clergy (Mukharabat), men and women paid handsomely and granted national Honors, whose duties include speaking in defense of Islam and Sharia.”