USA’s Secretary of State John Kerry, Leader of Nigerian Muslims, The Sultan of Sokoto & a Muslim governor, Aminu Tambuwal
The words credited to John Kerry about Sokoto: “a place of … tolerance & scholarship” are beyond baffling. Most Nigerians – all Christians, North and South, and Muslims in the South would disagree with Kerry.
During his visit, Kerry commended Abubakar for his role in promoting religious tolerance in Nigeria.
As if the problems of Islamic extremism and terrorism in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey and elsewhere are not enough many of which the U.S. is caught right in the middle of are not enough, the US Secretary of State has been dealing with Moslems in Nigeria lately in ways that have angered the Christian community in the country.
Needless to say that President Obama, like everybody in the world, is aware that the problems of Islamic terrorism in other parts of the world have spread to Nigeria and is shaking the foundation of the country to its depth.
The killing of Christians in Northern Nigeria in recent times have seen new audacity with the burning to death of eight students just last week, the latest in a long line of selective killings that happens on a regular basis which is very surprising as Christians overwhelmingly voted for President Buhari, even though they had reservations about him when he was campaigning in his third attempt to rule as civilian was based on his being known as an Islamic fundamentalist. Most Nigerians knew he could fight the corruption scourge and believed he won’t pursue governance that would be devoid of Islamic fundamentalism.
Here are a couple of the news reports on Kerry’s divisive visit to Nigeria during which he –
- visited the head of Nigeria’s Muslims, the Sultan of Sokoto and all 19 Northern governors only three of whom are Christians;
- After Nigeria, Kerry’s next stop was Saudi Arabia
- Christians were excluded from Kerry’s visit:
- Kerry also met President Muhammadu Buhari who is also a Muslim:
Christian Association of Nigeria fumes over John Kerry’s meeting with Sultan, Northern governors; accuses U.S. of bias – premiumtimesng.com
The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has accused the United States government of stoking ethnic and religious divisions in Nigeria, after the U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry, visited the Sultan of Sokoto and northern governors …[http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/209325-can-fumes-john-kerrys-meeting-sultan-northern-governors-accuses-u-s-bias.html]
Has the Sultan Palace become another State House, was Kerry invited by the Sultan? – Christian Association of Nigeria
Kerry’s two day visit has attracted condemnation from Christian leaders who question his sincerity during the visit. Kerry, during the visit had only visited the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, met with the 19 northern governors, whom only three are Christians. At the Presidential Villa, where Kerry was hosted by President Muhammadu Buhari, met with select northern governors, which also irked critics on the selection process of his hosts …
Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/08/us-visit-nigeria-can-blasts-kerry-says-visit-nigerian-muslims/
When a top-ranking American diplomat visits Nigeria, one might imagine that their first destination would be the commercial hub of Lagos or the seat of the government in Abuja.
But when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry touched down in Africa’s biggest Muslim country, he did so in Sokoto, a relatively small state that is closer to Niamey, the capital of neighboring Niger , than to Lagos …
With the claim that Kerry’s mission was to seek how to check Islamic terrorism, here are just a few questions that boggle the mind about this US diplomacy:
- how come the “tolerant” Sultan did not seek Christian participation?
- Is Buhari not aware of Christians and Muslims having worked together to seek an end to the Islamic murderers in the North?
- Did the US think sending its Secretary of State to a small enclave ruler who heads Muslims in Nigeria could end the interfaith boiling situation borne of Islamic terrorism without including Christians?
- Is America contributing to what ALL Christians see as the gradual forcing of Nigeria to Islamisation?
Many in Nigeria are wondering if the new approach to diplomatic by the USA in Nigeria should not be viewed in line with a documented opinion of the United States that Nigeria will soon break apart. The ire of Christians against the upsurge in massacres of Christians by different Northern Muslim elements: Fulani cattlemen; those who kill because of perceived disrespect by Christians against Prophet Muhammed … with nothing concrete done by government and Muslim leaders, is nearing boiling point.
Is America unaware of recent murders by Muslim cattlemen most prominent among which was the murder of 40 people of Nimbo community in Uzo-Uwani Local Government Area of Enugu by Fulani herdsmen which led to this ultimatum: “Leave our land now or… Igbo youths tell Fulani herdsmen”– [http://www.vanguardngr.com/2016/04/enugu-massacre-leave-land-now-igbo-youths-tell-fulani-herdsmen/]
As they’ve murdered in Eastern Nigeria homeland of the Ibos, they’ve shed the blood of many in Yorubas’ Western Nigeria homeland and in Northern Nigeria where there are also millions of Christians, many have lost lives and properties.
Is the United States of America’s President Obama ready to be one of the final triggers that would usher in the end of Nigeria as the USA has long predicted?
Mr. Frederick Adekunle, one of this blog’s regular readers, submitted the following on the growing religious strife in Nigeria and the security of lives of Christians, a short commentary that has John Kerry’s visit to the Sultan of Sokoto in view.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2016. 10:01 p.m. [GMT]