Muslim group criticises CAN over hate speech
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been accused of promoting the use of hateful language.
Vanguard reports that JNI is condemning CAN, Bishop Oyedepo, Apostle Suleman and Christian leaders in general for promoting hate speech.
Speaking at a press conference in Kaduna, the Secretary-General of JNI, Khalid Abubakar Aliyu pointed out when preachers had made hateful comments against the Fulanis.
He said: “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 of 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.
“CAN and other Christian leaders such as Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah, Pastor Oyedepo, Suleman and recently El Buba should not take Nigerian Muslims’ patience for foolishness, as their speeches are becoming really provocative and outlandish.
“Therefore, CAN should desist from making provocative statements in the midst of serious issues bedeviling the nation.”
JNI says herdsmen controversy is a political propaganda
The Muslim group also accused CAN of inventing the herdmen issue, adding that the Christian group is simply using it to their advantage.
In the Secretary-General of JNI’s words, “The “herdsmen” debacle must be understood that this is a 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 in 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 the 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.”
JNI discusses killings in Nigeria
The group concluded by reacting to the killings and urging the government to arrest the perpetrators of hate speech.
The group said: “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.
“Government should take the bull by the horn by prosecuting promoters of hate speeches in Nigeria if not one day it will become a norm that cannot be challenged and one of the chief mongers of the hate speech is CAN as represented by Reverend Asake.”
Who are the killers?
Meanwhile, the people responsible for the killings in the North Central and South-South geopolitical zones have been identified.
Security agencies like the Department of State Service (DSS), the killings are being done by an Islamic State in West Africa (ISWA) network.
According to Leadership, this new information was contained in a report submitted to President Muhammadu Buhari.
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