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Nigerian cardinal alarmed by president's decision to join Islamic anti-terror coalition

March 28, 2016

Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja has voiced his misgivings at the decision by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari to enlist the country's armed forces in an Islamic coalition against terrorism.

"We have been trying-- and I think successfully-- to keep religion out of our armed forces," the cardinal said, stressing the importance of a secular military in a country that is marked by deep religious divisions. "Once you talk of an Islamic coalition and you are bringing Nigerian armed forces into it, my fear is that this is a dangerous step." 



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