“Anyone who thinks anyone can Islamize Nigeria is an ignoramus. A country of over 170 million people. Will he put the Islam inside Jollof rice?”
That was one tweeter’s response to the declarations of “Buhari will Islamize Nigeria” and I laughed so hard, it took a few minutes for me to calm down.
“Buhari will Islamize Nigeria” is one reason many have given for deciding not to vote for him come February 14, 2015. Do I think Buhari will Islamize Nigeria? No. However, this post is not about Buhari. It is about the Islamization of Nigeria.
We already know, as seen in the above tweet, why some people think this is impossible. So I’ll just use bullet points to help you understand- even if you won’t agree- why others think it absolutely is possible.
- Islam is the second-largest religion in the world today, after Christianity. There are approximately 1.6 billion Muslims in the world today, and that number is expected to grow to 2,2 billion by 2030.
- Get this: Jesus came, preached the good news about Jah’s Kingdom, healed the sick, raised the dead, was crucified, resurrected and was seen by many, was believed on in the world and taken up into glory. YET, after this, Islam could still not only emerge, but grow to make up 23% of the world’s population today.
- Turkey remains an example; then called Constantinople, this country was the birth place of numerous Christian apostles (Paul, Timothy, etc). Antioch, the place where Christ’s followers were first called Christians, was in Turkey. Turkey is the location of the Seven Churches mentioned in the Book of Revelation. The oldest church in Turkey was built by Apostle Peter himself. Today, however, Turkey has a smaller Christian percentage of its population than any of its neighbours, including Syria, Iraq and Iran.
- Turkey’s most recognisable religious building, the Hagia Sophia which is now a museum, was originally a church and was converted to a mosque. Yep, when Mehmet conquered the country he went into the church and ran straight for the altar shouting, Allahu Akbar! Today, Islam is the largest religion of Turkey with 99.8% of the population being registered as Muslim. There was no jollof rice.
- PLEASE NOTE that Turkey is a secular state promoting religious tolerance and there is no Sharia (Islamic Law); it is neither Muslim nor Christian. Now, indulge me and read the two preceding bullet points again, then tell me whether Turkey has been Islamized or not.
- Every religion increases primarily in 2 ways: conversion from one to another, and children being born and raised in the religion. Right now, Muslims across the country are free to convert to Christianity if they hear the gospel and choose to accept Christ. In a Sharia state, that would be a crime and the penalty is death. Anyone who understands the essence of Christianity knows that every true believer desires and prays for an environment conducive to the propagation of the gospel. Sharia in every state would effectively cripple missionary efforts to bring Christ to Muslims in the country.
Can a country like Nigeria be Islamized? Yes. The challenge is knowing what Islamization actually is, how it happens, and realising that this fear is about more than the next 4 years. It goes way, way, waaay beyond that.
The truth is that hidden agendas are notoriously difficult to prove or disprove. Speaking about establishing Sharia in every state, Buhari said it is important to “educate Christians that they have nothing to fear.” Is it his fault that he doesn’t understand what there is to fear? Or was he just pretending not to understand? We cannot tell.
Will Buhari Islamize Nigeria? I don’t think so. If there is ALREADY an agenda to Islamize Nigeria, as Boko Haram’s actions and the drive for nationwide Sharia suggest, will a Buhari presidency make it easier to do it neatly? Perhaps.
So yes, hearts will bleed at the loss of freedom and choice that Sharia will bring for Muslims if imposed in every State. Hands will be cut off, people will be stoned to death. Closer home, we ache as always for our Muslim friends and loved ones whom we want to know Jesus. The worry among Christians is not unfounded. Also, the thought of Muslim populations increasing while it becomes more difficult for the church (whose converts are at risk of being executed) to grow its ranks is understandably unnerving for many.
Yet, we must focus. We must remember that we are in the end times. Our work as a church is not to panic and foolishly think that voting along religious lines and resisting every Muslim candidate henceforth forever is a sensible or practicable strategy. We will continue to have both Muslim and Christian presidents, and maybe even one who is neither. Our work as a church is to return to the Biblical faith and insist on much needed reforms so that we can operate in power. Power as of old. We need to stop focusing on making millionaires and start paying attention to making disciples. True disciples, not churchgoers.
I, like many other Christians, will vote GMB/Osinbajo come February 14. For many of us it was a tough decision that took a long time to make, and not even for religious reasons. We have decided. Is Jesus trembling in His boots? Highly unlikely. He has built His church upon a Rock, and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. At the end of the day, it is Jah’s kingdom that will be established.
There is a lot to fear, but God has not given us a Spirit of fear. He has given us a Spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind.
The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever. (Revelation 11:15).
6 thoughts on “Will Buhari Put Islam Inside Your Jollof Rice?”
I agree that Jesus will never tremble neither should we. No matter who emerges, we need a Christian agenda that we can promote in unity. Let us not sit and fold our hands. We should be active building the Kingdom of God thru good works so men may see and glorify our father in heaven
So true! We should be ACTIVE and UNITED! I wonder by what means we can achieve this…
I enjoyed reading this. I think we Christians as a whole need to sit down and think about why Islam is growing as fast as it is. What is it about Islam that is so attractive? I believe that there is a global Islamisation (if that is a word) agenda but hasn’t there always been one for Christianity. ‘Go intop the world and preach the gospel.’ I think we as Christians need to take a good, hard look at ourselves and answer the Why questions..
In Nigeria, we have the biggest churches, richest pastors and a Christian president. Where has that taken us? Jesus says ‘By their fruit, we will know them.’ Has our fruit shown that in the absence of an Islamic agenda, we are a country that upholds the teaching of Jesus Christ. OBJ, GEJ our Southern, Christian leaders…hmm.
Voting a President in is about voting the right candidate for the job. Someone who does what he says he will do.
Our Christian agenda…is to show the world what a life transformed by Jesus looks like. In private and public life. I think of people like Mrs Oby Ezekwisili…you don’t need to spend 5 minutes with her to know where she stands. We need more people like this in Christendom. Not that we are Christians because we have an English name…
Sorry for all the writing and my poor grammar. I know you are a stickler for good punctuation.
To show what a transformed life looks like! To be salt and light! Thanks for your insightful comment. I totally agree. May the best man win!
Loooool, your grammar isn’t poor, and I’m not immune to typos either. I truly appreciate your taking time to write this comment. God help us all to walk worthy of the calling unto which we have been called; to take up our cross and follow Jesus in truth.
That religion is growing simply because of increased population. Christians have less children these days. Big families are still very common in Islam, plus polygamy (something Christians don’t practice) adds to the size of the families
Thanks for the write up.
We’ve been so concerned about GMB or GEJ, PDP or APC… when truly speaking, it goes way deeper than that.
I believe one of the reasons why Christians are failing is due to our disunity. Catholic here, protestant there, baptist here, methodist there, all with their different doctrines…
In bible times there was 1 church, 1 body that did everything in unity. As a christian I should be able to go to mass and experience the same blessing as when I go to a protestant service because our base should be our love for Christ.
How many Muslim sects do you see?
And if we cannot agree to be one as Christians, why should anyone, muslims, pagans or atheists take us serious?
Truly the kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our God and truly He will reign forever.
Nigeria will only become one when we can look past ethnicity, religion and greed.
If I can love my neighbour without considering where he is from and who he serves and focus on being a worthy kingdom example… if he is Muslim, he will change because my life is a testimony.
Sorry for talking too much…
Thanks for your post.