The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has condemned in strong terms the decision of the federal government to abstain from voting for the freedom of the people of Palestine.
The secretary-general of NSCIA, Prof Ishaq Oloyede made the position of the body known at a news conference in Ilorin, Kwara State yesterday.
While registering the body’s displeasure at the government’s decision, Oloyede said that whatever must have influenced the position of the federal government “is condemnable by all lovers of peace and liberation all over the world.”
He added: “The main thrust of our opposition is just to call the attention of the people of Nigeria to the very, very sad situation which we have been plunged into by the federal government.
You all know the historic position of Nigeria in terms of fighting for freedom and liberation all over the world. You know Nigeria has always been on the side of justice and liberation from South Africa, etc.Nigeria’s position has always been very firm on the part of liberation and freedom of the people.
“We were, therefore, amazed by the turn of events at the Security Council where nine votes were required for endorsement of freedom for the people of Palestine, only for Nigeria, having played a mischievous role of expressing its good position about liberation, to turn round immediately after communication with some so-called leadership of the foreign affairs managers to abstain from voting for this historic resolution of the 66 years old crisis.
“NSCIA is very sad about this development and we feel that the federal
government has betrayed the people of Nigeria and has created a very serious problem for our foreign policy.
“We believe that what Nigeria has just done is not only a somersault in terms of foreign policy of Nigeria, it is also a slap on those who are lovers of freedom all over the world, and one cannot explain why this ought to be so except that we believe the Nigerian government is carrying its divisive domestic policies to the foreign policy of the country and this is very sad”.
— Jan 2, 2015