- Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has told the federal government not to allow the country to participate at ongoing Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation
- The body believes that Nigeria's participation in the event is illegal
- CAN has written a letter to Nigeria's acting president Yemi Osinbajo and copied the Senate president
The Christian Association of Nigerian (CAN) has warned the federal government of Nigeria not to allow the country's athletes to participate in the on-going Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation in Azerbaijan.
CAN's general secretary Musa Asake explained in a letter written to the federal government that Nigeria's participation in the event is illegal since the west African nation is a secular state.
NAIJ.com understands that the letter was addressed to Nigeria's Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo.
“It has come to our notice that the Islamic Solidarity Sports Federation is organizing its 4th game titled BAKU 2017 in Azerbaijan between May 12 – 22 2017.
“Of concern to us is the information that Nigeria is listed as one of the 57 countries participating in the games. “Nigeria is one of the 57 countries participating in the sports fiesta tagged, ‘BAKU 2017.’
“The organizers confirmed that the games are strictly for Islamic countries because the ‘‘ISSF is a section of the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation.
“We request that this claim and Nigeria’s participation should be investigated because including Nigeria in an International engagement based purely on religion violates the spirit and letter of section 10 of the 1999 constitution (as amended),'' the letter stated.
The letter was also copied to the Senate president, Bukola Saraki and Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).
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