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Islamic Republic of Nigeria? GEJ Heads To Cairo For Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit

Islamic Republic of Nigeria? GEJ Heads To Cairo For Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Summit

This part of his itinerary was announced by his spokesman Reuben Abati earlier today via Twitter.

Pres. Jonathan leaves Abuja tonite for London & Paris to meet with British PM & French President. Will stop over in Egypt to attend OIC.

Officially secular Nigeria has been a member of OIC since 1986. Inter alia , the OIC charter lists the following objectives:

To foster noble Islamic values concerning moderation, tolerance, respect for diversity, preservation of Islamic symbols and common heritage and to defend the universality of Islamic religion;

To advance the acquisition and popularization of knowledge in consonance with the lofty ideals of Islam to achieve intellectual excellence;

To be guided by the noble Islamic values of unity and fraternity, and affirming the essentiality of promoting and consolidating the unity and solidarity among the Member States in securing their common interests at the international arena;

To endeavour to work for revitalizing Islam’s pioneering role in the world while ensuring sustainable development, progress and prosperity for the peoples of Member States;

Of course there’s also that part about the destruction of Israel and giving Jerusalem over to the Palestinians, but who really cares about that, right?

Question is why is Nigeria, which is a secular state still part of this organization? Why is Nigeria’s President going to personally attend this summit? Questions, questions, and more questions…