A cleric, Archbishop God-dowell O. Avwomakpa, has counselled President Muhammadu Buhari on the need to avoid taking any action that will violate secular state of the country.
The cleric, who is also the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), South-south geo-political zone as well as the President of Niger Delta Bishop forum at the weekend kicked against the plan to re-introduce Sharia law into the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
He stated this after a meeting of clerics and stakeholders in the Nigeria project which place in Warri, Delta State.
He argued that Nigeria as a secular state did not need a Sharia law as doing so will precipitate a crisis that would worsen Nigerians present precarious state.
According to him, though President Buhari means well for Nigeria but his refusal to call the higher hierarchy of Muslims and Christians and let them know that the issue of religion if taken too far could sour the relationship between Muslims and Christians and by implication divide us as a people is the bone of contention.
“We are witness to what is happening in Sudan, Israel and Turkey. We must learn from history and do every ting to make Nigeria get out of the woods and make life meaningful for the masses. Even if they kill 30 million Christians in Nigeria in the name of Sharia, Boko Haram or Islamization, my Bible teaches me to believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He does not sleep nor slumber. He knows how to thwart counsels of the wicked and save His people”, he said.
The clergy called on President Buhari not to allow the Nigeria ship that was sailing to sink in his hands because history and posterity would not forgive him even as he tasked the National Assembly members to put the nation first before their personal or group interests.