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Published On: Mon, Jan 22nd, 2018

Herdsmen attack: CAN overheating polity for 2019 agenda – JNI

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From Mohammed Ibrahim, Kaduna

Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) yesterday said the Christians Association of Nigeria CAN is unnecessary overheating the polity because of 2019 General Elections.
The Muslim group therefore urged CAN to register as a political party so as to test its popularity in the country come next year.
JNI Secretary General Dr Khalid Abubakar Aliyu made the comment in a statement available to newsmen in reaction to the recent remarks by CAN over the herdsmen attack in Benue state.
How are explained that CAN as a body is deliberately covering up by using the ‘herdsmen’ debacle as a franchise to perpetrate evil as witnessed in the ‘Boko Haram’ tale. Adding that the cases of Christians dressed in Muslims’ garb to bomb churches is still fresh in the minds of Muslims memories.
“Why not call a spade by its name? And why is the whole herdsmen issue heightened now i.e. 2018? Simply CAN is unnecessarily overheating the polity because 2019 is around the corner.
“Our take is that CAN should better go and register as a political party and contest election if they want to test their popularity! We, nonetheless, make bold to say that CAN is deliberately covering up by using the ‘herdsmen’ debacle as a franchise to perpetrate evil as witnessed in the ‘Boko Haram’ tale.
“As cases of Christians dressed in Muslims’ garb to bomb churches is still fresh in our memories. The infamous Lydia Yusuf of Bauchi State, the Miya Barkatai would-be Christian bombers also in Bauchi State, as well as the foiled bombing of the Radio House in Abuja, after which the then Minister of Information and Marylyn Ogar, then SSS Spokesperson, changed the storyline are still fresh in our memories.
“In the same light, some Christian leaders’ promote hate speeches, such as ‘If you see a fulani man kill him’ by Pastor Suleman and ‘crush them, kill them’ by Pastor Oyedepo. The repercussion o such speeches could be better imagined!
“In addition, Bishop Kukah’s hate speech against Muslims in Nigeria is legendary, as hardly would opportunity avail itself for him to talk without smearing Islam and Muslims in Nigeria. Recently, he said ‘at the slightest excitement Hausa or Fulani man can kill you and get away with it’.
“To put the record straight, JNI condemns killings of innocent souls wherever they happen and whoever is involved. JNI also condemns the generalization of criminals as representatives of the whole, thus leading to unjust stereotyping and name-calling.
“We condemn all criminals, whoever they are and wherever they come from. A criminal should be treated as a criminal regardless of his/her ethnicity and/or religious affiliation.
“Therefore, CAN should desist from making provocative statements in the midst of serious crises bedeviling the nation. Although we are not oblivious of the fact that CAN since the era of Ayo Oritsejafor had a glaring pathological hatred for Muslims and Islam in Nigeria, the matter is now gathering more momentum and urgency and becoming a manifest and brazen threat to government.
“ We are not surprised because the present CAN leadership is an offshoot of Oritsejafor whose aircraft was found in South Africa purportedly for arms deals and till date nothing is been heard of it!
“CAN and other Christian leaders such as Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, Pastors Oyedepo, Suleiman and recently El Buba should not take the Nigerian Muslims’ patience for foolishness, as their hate speeches are becoming really provocative and outlandish. Hypothetically, as a religious body, they are expected to be part of the solution rather than the problem they have now become.
“The Muslims know that the ‘Nigeria is secular’ sloganeering is mere mendacity seeing that the Government and its policies are more tilted towards Christianity and Christians signs and practices. So CAN should free us from the hypocritical secularity claim.
“The leadership of CAN always tend to cry more than the bereaved (in most cases the bereaved are the Muslims) in Nigeria. But we boldly assert that our strength is with Allah, the Most High, as there is the World beyond this mundane one,”he said.

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