Nigeria’s Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo has dismissed spreading reports that President Muhammadu Buhari has plans to Islamize Nigeria.
Osinbajo assured that neither Buhari nor anyone in the current government was plotting to impose any single religion on the country.
While addressing a crowd during his unique Family Chat at Kurudu, FCT, Osinbajo said the propaganda peddled by naysayers was aimed at discrediting President Buhari who already has a record that shows he is a detribalized leader.
He noted that over 20 Christians are currently in Buhari’s cabinet.
He said: “I have interacted with this man Buhari, he is an honest man, he has no intention whatsoever of imposing his religion on anybody at all.
“In our cabinet, there are 20 people who are Christians, 18 who are Muslims and our Head of Service (Winifred Oyo-Ita) is a Christian from Winners Chapel.
“The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (Boss Mustapha) who is the highest civil servant is also a Christian, so there is no way in the world that anybody will tell you that.
“They are only spreading propaganda and they are trying to discredit the man (Buhari) but they are telling a lie.”
Osinbajo also recalled that those peddling the rumor previously lied that President Buhari was sponsoring Boko Haram and had told the terrorist group to attack the Jonathan government.
“In 2015 when we were coming into office, they said this man (Buhari) is the one sponsoring Boko Haram, they said it was because he didn’t mean well for Jonathan’s government, but it was a lie because on 24th July, 2014, Boko Haram attacked Buhari in Kaduna, killed 82 people including seven of Buhari’s relatives who were with him.
“That is the same Boko Haram that they claimed he was sponsoring but now everybody knows that his not behind Boko Haram, the same Muhammadu Buhari is the one who drove Maitatsine out of this county, when Maitatsine was in this country and he is doing same thing to Boko Haram,” he said.