The Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO), a coalition of Muslim organisations, has described the $9.3million cash-for-arms-deal as a criminal act.
It warned of consequences in case of a cover up.
Addressing a news conference yesterday at the Ansar-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria Hall, Surulere, Lagos, CIO Convener Sheikh AbdurRahman Ahmad, described as “ungodly and sinister”, the relationship between the Federal Government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, Pastor Ayo Joseph Oritsejafor, on the illegal arms procurement in South Africa.
With Ahmad were heads of Islamic organisations, including, CIO Lagos State Coordinator, Imam Abdullahi Shuaib Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Prof. Ishaq Lakin Akintola and National Missioner, Al-Fatiu Quareeb Society of Nigeria, Sheikh AbdurRahman Adangba, among others.
The group rejected the “flimsy arguments” by the Federal Government and Oritsejafor.
“The Conference of Islamic Organisations unequivocally rejects the position canvassed by the General Secretary of CAN, Rev. Musa Asake, to exonerate the President of CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, from the smuggled cash and illegal arms deals in their paid aertorial on page 12 of The Nation of September 21.
“It is a very bad attempt at sweeping a gravely criminal act under the carpet. It is not a mere “procedural error”. It is a well-coordinated attempt at covertly undermining national security. Such an argument on the part of government and its cohort is not only lame, laughable and ludicrous, but also provocative, vexatious and an insult on the collective intelligence of Nigerians,” he said.