Conflicting opinions exist regarding Nigeria’s role in the Israel-Hamas conflict between the Shari’ah Council, the CAN, and the PFN.


Yesterday, the Supreme Council for Shari’ah of Nigeria (SCSN), the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) were unable to come to an agreement on how Nigeria should respond to the conflict between Israel and Hamas.

CAN and PFN argued that Nigeria should remain neutral in the crisis and focus primarily on the humanitarian crisis arising from it, while the Shari’ah Council urged the federal government to reevaluate its ties with Israel, as reported by Vanguard.

Sheikh AbdurRasheed Hadiyyatullah, president of the Shari’ah Council, gave a briefing yesterday in which he called for a thorough review of Nigeria’s relations with Israel until that country respects international law and the rights of Palestinians.

Worried about what he called “genocide” in Palestine, he blasted the international community for ignoring the real cause of the conflict.

He blamed America’s ‘unconditional’ backing for Israel, saying it contributed to the crisis.

Hadiyyatullah claimed, “The only countries that supported the apartheid regime of South Africa were the Zionist State of Israel, the United States, and its European allies.”

It’s the same group of countries that backed apartheid in South Africa that’s now backing it in Palestine, right?

The council has voiced its displeasure over what it sees as Israel’s persistent disregard for UN resolutions.

Although the United Nations failed to prevent the creation of the Zionist state of Israel in Palestine, it did ensure Palestinians’ right to self-determination and their continued existence.

”It has consistently passed resolutions that have been violated by the Zionist State of Israel,” Hadiyyatullah said.

The Council also condemned the alleged Israeli bombing of Gaza, which killed women and children at the al-Hilal Baptist Christian hospital.

Hadiyyatullah continued, “On behalf of the teeming Muslims, Christians, and people of conscience in Nigeria, we urge the government to provide relief materials to the besieged Palestinians who are in dire need of food, clothing, medicine, and other essentials.”

PFN and CAN urge FG to keep its neutrality and put its attention on humanitarian concerns.

The National Deputy President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Archbishop JohnPraise Daniel, disagreed with the Shari’ah Council yesterday and called on the federal government to remain neutral and concentrate on the humanitarian aspect of the conflict.

In an interview, Archbishop Daniel urged the Nigerian government to stay out of the controversy. People are dying on both sides of the conflict, so now is not the time to pick a side.

He pointed out that the war had caused a humanitarian crisis, with many women and children being killed because they lacked basic necessities like food, water, and shelter.

Since this was his main concern, he advocated that the government focus on it.

It has been argued that the current conflict would not have begun if Hamas had not launched its attack on Israel.

“However, at present, nobody is right,” Archbishop Daniel said.

He insisted that instead of debating who was at fault, attention should be paid to ending the violence and solving the humanitarian crisis.

The Archbishop questioned, “Why should the federal government review its relations with Israel, and on what basis should it do so?” to reaffirm the notion that neutrality remained the most appropriate stance for Nigeria at this time.

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