Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie recently celebrated his 80th birthday with a Holy Mass at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos and reception at the St. Gregory’s College, Obalende, Lagos. In his 80th birthday interview with VANGUARD, the highly-respected Catholic clergyman spoke on the religious crisis rocking Kaduna State which has as its governor Mallam Nasir El-rufai. In his words, Okogie said,” We are watching, these people are attempting to islamise this country but they are failing. They have been on it for a long time and God did not allow it to happen. El-Rufai has caused a lot of problems since he assumed office as Kaduna governor. He will just get up and take a decision without thinking about the repercussion. He said he did it in Federal Capital Territory and people only shouted but he had his way. He is always at loggerheads with Christians. There was a time he made a statement that Jesus Christ is just an ordinary human being like every other person, no divinity about him.
“He admitted that Jesus Christ is a prophet but not a great prophet while Prophet Muhammed is the greatest prophet. How can he be uttering these statements? Is it because of his position. He has to be checked. The second person we have to check is Governor Amosun. He and El-Rufai are very close to President Buhari. Anytime Mr. President is travelling, it is either Amosun or El-Rufai is there already or meet Buhari in such place. Why will El-Rufai destroy this country with religious statements. Does he know what is called war? El-Rufai must be watched, he does things without passing through the House of Assembly and the funny thing is that Buhari will never talk and that is wrong. What kind of father is that? He’s supposed to be the father of the nation. In one of my comments, I said they want to destroy our youths so that they will not come up. Look at their own youths, majority of them are Almajiris begging left, right and centre. “