Written by Egheomhanre Emmanuel Eyieyien, FCA.
I respect the decision of those Christians who support Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. It is their prerogative to do so. My opposition to Gen. Buhari has nothing to do with his being a Muslim. Those who follow my Facebook posts know that I have been advocating that Alhaji Ibrahim Dankwambo, the Governor of Gombe State, should become Nigeria’s President in 2019 after President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term. Alhaji Dankwambo is a Muslim Fulani but he is very sound. He is very intelligent, professional, urbane, focused, visionary and, more importantly, he is not an Islamist.
What do I have against Isalmists? An Islamist is a Muslim fundamentalist who subscribes to Political Islam based on the Wahabbist and Salafist schools of thought. They believe that Sharia Law should govern society and they try to impose their beliefs on the educational system, media, culture, politics, the economy and all aspects of life. Some Islamists are violent and have terrorism as in their main agenda. But most Islamists are subtle. They are found in the academia, financial institution, politics and other pursuits. They are non-violent in the main but are just as dangerous as their terrorist peers. You would never suspect that they are Islamists because they are strategic in their operations.
The most dangerous human beings on earthtoday are Islamists. Even Muslim nations like Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Malaysia, Indonesia etc. are afraid of Islamists and some of them have legislation against Islamism. The Muslim Brotherhood was banned in Egypt for this reason. Some people think only known terrorist organisations such as ISIS/ISIL, Boko Haram, Al Shabab, Al Qaeda etc. are dangerous. The insidious brand of Islamism is actually more lethal.
Let no one be deceived by the satanic conspiracy of the All Progressives Congress (APC) orchestrated by Asuwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu that Gen. Muhammadu Buhari is a “progressive” and will bring about “change” as Nigeria’s President. Gen. Buhari is an Islamist jihadist who operates TAQQIYYA; the Islamic Doctrine of “Holy” Deception. Till date he has not recanted the statement he made in January, 2002, at the closing ceremony of a Koranic Recitation Competition held in Gusau, Zamfara State, where he applauded the Sharia which then Gov. Sani Yerima introduced and he called on all Muslims in Nigeria to vote only for a Muslim President in the 2003 Election who would promote the interest of Islam. Please google it. It was in 2001 in Kaduna that Gen. Buhari said he would continue to promote the TOTAL implementation of Sharia in the entire country of Nigeria. Also google it.
Christians are often naive politically. In the north, Muslim clerics have been promoting Gen. Buhari as the Candidate of Islam. But in the south, APC has successfully recruited southern Christian leaders and Pastors to sell the lie that “Buhari is not a fundamentalist” despite the obvious evidence that he is. They also push the lie that Pastor Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is a “man of integrity” and would be the defacto President since Gen. Muhammadu Buhari always cedes actual administration of whatever is placed under his responsibility to his immediate subordinate.
Pastor Prof. Yemi Osinbajo is no doubt a very intelligent academic but he is Tinubu’s lackey who helps him in all the legal schemes to cover up his looting of Lagos. Prof. Osinbajo makes hundreds of millions of Naira annually just by handling Tinubu’s legal matters. He sold out to mammon long ago! He represents only himself.
For the first time, I am now going to disclose publicly my own experience with Prof. Yemi Osinbajo which convinced me that he is not the man he has been hyped to be.
In April-July, 2011, I was part of those whom God chose to use to resist the blatant attempt by Emir Sanusi Lamido Sanusi to impose Malaysia-style Islamic Banking on Nigeria contrary to the Constitution and the provisions of the Banks and Other Financial Institutions Act. Under the auspices of Church For Change (a ministers network led by Pastor Wale Adefarasin, Pastor Tony Rapu and Pastor Ituah Ighodalo) and Apostles in the Market Place (a network of Christian profesionals and businessmen led by Pastor John Enelamah), we organised a Seminar in June, 2011, in Lagos on Non-Interest Banking. Dr. Kingsley Moghalu who was then the Deputy Governor of the CBN in charge of Financial System Stability was in attendance representing Emir Sanusi who was then the CBN Governor. I was one of the speakers at the event. Other speakers were Brett Johnson of the Institute, U. S. A., and Prof. Bankole Sodipo. Dr. Moghalu spoke too.
My first surprise was that Pastor Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was absent at the seminar. He was essentially part of our organising committee and might even have spoken during the seminar. When I enquired about him I was told he was at the Election Tribunal representing Mrs Oluremi Tinubu whose election as a Senator was being contested. I wondered then why he did not send someone from his law firm to the Tribunal that day since the case would continue thereafter but our seminar was a one-day event. Many of us had equally left other pressing matters to be at the seminar that day.
After the seminar, we decided that we would sue the CBN as it became clear that Emir Sanusi had an agenda and would not accede to our position that the CBN issue a uniform guideline on Non-Interest Banking which focused on the prudential regulations, risk management and such other banking issues while leaving the religious aspects to individual religious bodies to regulate. I was to be the plaintiff since I had locus standi having applied to the CBN in 2005 for a licence for my Company, Pharez Ltd., to set up a Profit and Loss Sharing Banking (the term actually used in Nigeria’s Banking Act). In fact, I actually got involved in the Non-Interest Banking saga initially out of self-interest. The CBN Non-Interest Banking Guidelines were going to make it impossible for a non-Muslim to establish a Non-Interest Banking institution.
Pastor Wale Adefarasin mandated Pastor Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to serve as our lawyer in the case against the CBN. He duly prepared the necessary legal papers but failed to file them at the court……till date. What we didn’t realise then was that he was conflicted being a lackey of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a leading Muslim politician! The devil used Pastor Prof. Yemi Osinbajo to stop our litigation!
And, today, Islamic Banking is continuing even though Justice Gabriel Kolawole of the Federal High Court, Abuja, gave judgment in another case in 2013 declaring that Islamic Banking was illegal and unconstitutional. He gave an orbiter dictum saying that the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice should compel the CBN to cancel the licence it issued to Jaiz Bank for Islamic Banking and that the CBN should comply with the extant laws of the land. The Judge said the plaintiff in that case had no locus standi so he could not grant the prayers he made in his affidavit filing the suit. He could only give an orbiter dictum which is not legally binding.
Who is the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice? Alhaji Mohammed Adoki. As a devout Muslim, he simply ignored the judgment and the orbiter dictum. The CBN just pretended that it was not even aware of the case much more the judgment given by Justice Gabriel Kolawole.
Pastor Prof. Yemi Osinbajo cannot be trusted to speak for the Church and Christians even if he did become the Vice President. He represents only himself and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
May God have mercy upon Nigeria and not allow our beloved country to be delivered into the hands of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. May Gen. Muhammadu Buhari never become the President of Nigeria in Jesus’ Name. Amen!