The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) has accused the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of “unnecessarily overheating” the polity because the 2019 elections are around the corner.
In a statement on Sunday, Khalid Aliyu, secretary of the group led by Sa’ad Abubakar, sultan of Sokoto, advised CAN to register as a political party if it wants to test its popularity.
“The herdsmen debacle – it must be understood that this is a coinage mischievously invented by CAN over time and its biased errand boys among media practitioners to stereotype an ethnic group so as to achieve a pre-planned agenda.
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 statement by Aliyu read.
He alleged that CAN had now devised a new approach of destabilising Nigeria in order to achieve its agenda. “If not so, would one explain Mr. Asake’s (CAN spokesman) silence about the New Years’ eve killings in Rivers state, but mentioned that of Kwara state and other places? Selective amnesia indeed.
Is CAN not supposedly representing all Christians? If not so, why forget to mention the gruesome attack in Rivers? Is it because no Muslim is involved, and therefore it’s not a crime?
Talking about the killings in Benue state, why did Asake remain mute on the arming of thousands of ethnic militia by the Benue state government (as reported by some sections of the media), an act which is seen as a prelude to the most unfortunate spate of horrendous experiences in the state.
To put the record straight, JNI condemns killings of innocent souls wherever they happen and whoever is involved.