By Sola Muyideen, Ilorin
The Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has said the Federal Government has betrayed Nigerians by failing to vote at Wednesday’s United Nation’s Security Council meeting where a lasting solution would have been achieved on the age-long crisis between Israel and Palestine.
Making the council’s position known to journalists in Ilorin, Secretary-General of the NSCIA, Professor Ishaq Oloyede, who addressed newsmen on behalf of the organisation, said the officials of Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs ministry by abstaining from voting “had taken step against freedom”.
He said: “The main thrust of our position is to call the attention of people of Nigeria to the very, very sad situation in which we have been plunged to by the government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“You all know the historic position of Nigeria in terms of fighting for freedom and liberation all over the world. You will know that Nigeria has always been on the side of justice, on the side of liberation. Take it from South Africa to even Bosnia and all the rest, Nigeria’s position had always been very firm on the path of liberation and freedom of the people.
“We were therefore surprised, amazed at 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 well-known position about liberation, turning round immediately after communication with some so-called leadership of the Foreign Affairs Ministry and turning round to abstain from voting in this historic resolution of the 66-year crisis.
“The Nigeria Supreme Council is very, very sad about this situation and we feel that the Nigerian government had betrayed the people of Nigeria and had created a very, very serious problem for our foreign policy. We believe that what Nigeria has just done is not only a summersult in terms of foreign policy of Nigeria, but is also a slap on most people who are lovers of freedom all over the world.
“One could not explain why this ought to be so. It is inexplicable except that we believe Nigerian government is carrying its domestic divisive policies to external foreign policies and this is very sad.
“As Nigeria Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, we want to register our strong condemnation of the decision of the Federal Government of Nigeria and to say that whatever must have influenced that position of the Federal Government is condemnable by all lovers of peace, all lovers of liberation all over the world and we believe that Nigeria needs not degenerate further than this because if we could not manage our domestic issues and we now decided to, even in foreign affairs now, we are now almost betraying the heroes of this nation”.