Sunday, 27 December 2015

Why Islamic Organisations Rejected Jonathan's $3m

Abdullahi Shuaib, the coordinator of Conference of Islamic Organisations (CIO), has revealed how the group was approached with $3million by the immediate past administration of Dr Goodluck Jonathan.
Premium Times reports that two of the Islamic organisations were offered the said to secure their members’ support towards the re-election of ex-president Jonathan.
Two Islamic groups have said that ex-president Goodluck Jonathan offered them about $3million to support him.
Speaking on Saturday, December 26 at the 22nd National Islamic Training Programme held at Odosengolu near Ijebu-Ode, Ogun state, Shuaib said the CIO and The Muslim Congress rejected the money after they were offered under the label of ‘religious fund’.

He said: “It is not a secret, they came, offering us over $3 million. “We said no… It came through their proxies to us and we said no. And today we have been vindicated.
“It is not even part of our own culture to take bribe. We prefer to go hungry than to collect a bribe from somebody and then eat what is unlawful.”
On why they rejected the money the CIO official stated that “because we know very well that it was bait; it was a poison and you cannot eat and dine with the devil and think the devil will not come after you.
“We said clearly no. It is completely un-Islamic. All those organisations that actually took and swallowed the bait, today, they all know what it means for them to have allowed the devil and themselves to eat and dine with the devil.”
The organisation’s comment is coming in the wake of the EFCC’s prosecution of former National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki, who is being accused of mismanaging about $2.1 billion security funds.
And about N4 billion of the money was allegedly given to ex-governor of Sokoto state, Attahiru Bafarawa, to distribute to Islamic organisations.
Former PDP chairman, Haliru Mohammed, and the owner of Daar Communications, Raymond Dokpesi, are also involved in the allegations.
While condemning all those involved in the shady deal, Shuaib said: “It is morally wrong, it is unethical for any organisation, either Muslim or Christian or traditionalist to have indulged in that reckless looting of treasury, the common wealth and there is no way they can exonerate themselves because they have desecrated the house of God because they symbolise the House of God and they have desecrated it and it is a sacrilege and it is wrong.
“Ethically it is wrong, morally it is wrong, socially, it is wrong, economically it is wrong, legally it is wrong. And I think, we should allow the long arm of the law to catch up with them and let the law take it cause over them.”

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