Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister of aviation, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari against joining any alliance against Israel over the ongoing war in Gaza.
Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who had a conversation with Buhari by phone on Friday, asked Nigeria as a member of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, to stand with Palestine, another member of the organisation.
“President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone with President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria. Exchanging Eid al-Fitr greetings, the two leaders discussed bilateral relations and regional developments,” the Turkish Presidency had tweeted on Friday.
“Drawing attention to Turkey’s efforts exerted in order for the international community to teach the necessary lesson to unlawful, unjust and unscrupulous Israel due to its attacks against Palestine, President Erdogan voiced his belief that Nigeria would show solidarity with the Palestinians in this rightful cause.”
However, in series of posts on Sunday, Fani-Kayode, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said Erdogan should leave Nigeria out of his plan to teach Israel a lesson.
He said Nigeria has its own challenges, adding that any attempt to take on Israel will end in futility.
According to him, Nigeria joining any alliance against Israel will divide the country and push it to the brink of another civil war.
“President Erdoghen of Turkey should leave Nigeria out of his jihad against Israel& his attempt to teach Israel a lesson. President Buhari would be wise not to condemn Israel or join in any reckless adventure against the Jewish state otherwise a terrible price will be paid”, he wrote.
“Israel can & will NEVER be defeated. If provoked she will bring all her enemies to their knees. We have enough problems of our own. Taking on the Jews would be an exercise in futility, would divide our country & would push us closer to greater conflict & possibly a civil war.
“Remember what happened in Lebanon in the 1980’s and 1990’s? God forbid it should happen here. A word is enough for the wise.”
About nine Israelis and 130 Palestinians have been killed in the escalation which started recently in the Gaza strip.
There have been protests against Israel in some countries around the world.
The United Nations has called for a ceasefire, saying a two-state solution is the only resolution to the long term conflict between Israel and Palestine.