@MrAyeDee: Why Buhari is not a religious bigot

Aye Dee

One of the most popular misconceptions against Muhammadu Buhari is that he is an Islamic fundamentalist.

In fact, one of the most popular memes against him is that he had asked muslims to only vote for muslim candidates, and that he is a supporter of islamizing Nigeria  (Source):

As the year 2003 elections draw closer, former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has called on Muslims across the country to vote only for the presidential candidate that would defend and uphold the tenets of Islam.

Buhari who made the call yesterday at the closing ceremony of the 16th National Qur’anic Recitation competition held in Gusau, Zamfara State told Muslims that they have every reason to thank Allah for restoring the Islamic Sharia under the present dispensation, which he said was destroyed by British colonialists during their crusade in 1903 against the Sokoto caliphate.

Truth is, nothing indicates this perception is backed by reality. He personally addressed this issue in the run up to the 2003 election (source):

…the comment I made was that people in Sokoto know their people, that when the ban on politics is lifted they should choose the people that will represent them responsibly.

This is common sense: if someone aspires to rule this country, he cannot afford to offend even pagans or even atheists—those who don’t even believe in God. These are the people that will vote. How can I say Muslims should not vote for Christians? Then do I expect Christians to vote me, a Muslim?

And I have backed it by facts that I have served the country’s military for 25 years. I did all the command and staff work, as a platoon commander to General Officer Commanding and the only still surviving officer that commanded three of the four commands in the Nigerian Army.

 

And the Nigerian Army is about 75% Christian and nobody has ever said I took a decision against anybody because of his religion or his tribe. There are other tribes in the whole command.

 

So, if for politically it sticks that I don’t like Christians, well it is very very unfortunate, but my performance in office at all stages has portrayed me as an impartial person…

 

The question of me being a Sharia advocate and a hater of Christians has never happened and it will certainly fail.

So there you go folks, Buhari may be many things, but a religious bigot isn’t one of them…

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This article was first published here

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Comments (3)

  1. Let’s vote for him if he eventually gets the ticket,Obama couldn’t turn America to a nation for the blacks alone even though he is black,so Buhari won’t even dare Islamizing Nigeria.

  2. Buhari should know that Nigerian are not fools,Action speaks louder than words but in the case of Buhari action is not the only isue we are holding to, we are also holding to the several statements of Buhari both the ones he made in 2003 and 2011 shows that Buhari is not only Islamic fundermentalist he is a religious fanatic,One can not be in the river and alow soap to enter his eyes, I still want Nigerians to know that it is better to have a house full of tiefs than to have a house ful of mudarers,Killing women and children,abducting girls turning them into sex slaves, distruction of lives and properties making thousands of ophans and widows, If you don’t disarm a strong man when he is on the ground, can you be able to do that when he is on his feet? He who share boundry with a mad man must not sleep with his two eyes closed, Voting Buhari will spell doom for Nigeria and I know that Nigerians will not make such mistake.

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