CAN Cautions Sultan Of Sokoto Over Persecution Of Christians
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has cautioned Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto on his counter claim.
Sultan of Sokoto had argued that Christians are not persecuted in Nigeria, contrary to a statement credited to CAN
Reacting in a statement by the National Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel, CAN insisted that its earlier position stands on Christian persecution.
The Association said the Islamic leader is living in denial, adding that the Sultan “got it totally wrong” by such a statement.
CAN said it would have been better if the Sultan had remained quiet the same way he did when Christians were being killed instead of feigning ignorance.
The Association gave different incidents in the north that had led to the death of Christians, particularly the killings by Fulani herdsmen.
“We respect the Sultan very much but what he said requires response in order to put things right,” the statement said.
“It is an insult and insensitivity for anyone to be claiming that the unprecedented persecution which victims are well known did not occur.
” It is also an act of disrespect to the dead. If those who were responsible for the genocide in the Middle belt of the country were Fulani atheists ‘whose main interest is to protect their cattle,’ what stopped him from condemning the unprecedented genocide?
“It is reprehensible that to date, those who killed our brothers and sisters after raping and maiming them for weeks are still at large as if they were spirits.”
Abubakar had said if the statement was true, CAN could have raised it at the Nigerian Inter-Religious Council (NIREC).
Responding, CAN wondered why the Sultan did not also raise his reaction at the same NIREC instead of using the media.
It said: “The Sultan should not pretend as if he was unaware of several times we had gone to President Muhammadu Buhari to complain about systematic and deliberate killings of our brothers and sisters and the need for the killers to be brought to book and the killings stopped to no avail .
“The fact that we are meeting at NIREC does not mean that all is well. We believe that having dialogues with our Muslim counterparts can reduce the tension in the land if there is sincerity.”
The Association also urged the President, Muhammadu Buhari to toll the path of fairness to all Nigerians.
It assured that it would stop complaining when the President promotes a society where the rule of law, fairness and social justice are allowed.
“Our appeal to the government is to let the Constitution be its guide in all its policies and operations. The country belongs to all Nigerians irrespective of their religious and tribal persuasions and any policy that is discriminatory is nothing but persecution, ” CAN said.
” Let genuine democracy work in Nigeria and every Nigerian given sense of belonging through inclusive opportunities.”