The immediate past Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman, has faulted the comment credited to Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State that President Mohammadu Buhari was planning to Islamize the country, describing it as an unguarded statement.Fayose was reported to have criticized the president’s visit to Saudi Arabia alongside five other governors, saying it was a ploy by Buhari to transform Nigeria into an Islamic nation.But the former minister said the comment does not represent the opinion of the Peoples Democratic Party.
Former Minister of National Planning, Dr. Abubakar Sulaiman
In a statement, Sulaiman said the visit was not enough to say that the president plans to Islamize Nigeria.
The statement read: “The above statement credited to Governor Ayo Fayose, that the trip by President Muhammad Buhari and five governors to Saudi Arabia is an attempt to transform Nigeria into an Islamic nation should be seen as a misguided utterance and not a true reflection of the perception of most members of our party’’.“Not only is it capable of heightening the centrifugal tendencies in our country, such statement could be counter-productive to the reform agenda been driven by some patriotic elements in our party. The visit by the president and some government functionaries is not enough to suggest an attempt to Islamise the nation. Any divisive statement from any leader of our party is condemnable and not in the best interest of Nigeria,” he added.