The policies of the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan are not anti-Muslim, Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity has asserted.
Abati was speaking against the backdrop of claims made by a group, the Muslims Rights Concern, MURIC through its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola that Jonathan’s policies are against Muslims in the country.
He described claims made by Akintola as spurious, “Our attention has been drawn to a press statement issued by the Muslims Rights Concern and signed by its Director, Prof. Ishaq Akintola which made a number of allegations against President Jonathan, I find Akintola’s allegations rather curious and they can be dealt with as follows: first, he needs to be told that President Jonathan is not anti-Muslim as he alleges. Jonathan is the President of all Nigerians, whatever may be their beliefs,’’ argued Abati.
Reacting on allegations that the Muslims were marginalised in the recent national conference, he said the conference had been praised and adjudged one of the best of such conferences ever organised in the country.
Commenting on the symbol of Star of David on the proposed centenary N100 banknote as being anti-Muslim, Abati opined that the claim was wrong and misinformed.
“The symbol his statement is referring to is the Star of David. There is nowhere on that note as indicated in the specimen that has been widely publicised where there is any Jewish or Zionist symbol or the Star of David, the Star of David is a hexagram which is two triangles of equal lines superimposed on each other. The hexagram is a very popular symbol but it is not on that naira note. The symbol that he is referring to is not a Jewish symbol. It is what they call spark security feature,’’ said Abati.