Former Military President, Ibrahim Badamusi Babangida (IBB), has denied having plan to Islamise Nigeria when he decided that Nigeria should be enlisted as a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
The former Head of state who recently clocked 80, made the clarification during an interview with Channels TV.
The OIC consists of about 50 countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Indonesia and Nigeria became its member in 1986 under IBB.
IBB’s registration of Nigeria as a member of the OIC had at different times sparked criticisms from individuals and groups who argued that the move contravened provisions of the Nigerian 1999 Constitution.
But IBB said, ” No government has ever said so (that Nigeria is an Islamic state), including my own government.”
He explained that, “We never said Islam is the official religion of Nigeria. But our constitution allows us to enter any organisation for the benefit of the country or for the benefit of the people of the country.”
Nigeria inclusion in IOC then would bring many benefits to the country which include financial corporation.