– CAN Replies Information Minister
– Osinbajo cautions religious leaders on hate messages
The Christian Association of Nigeria on Tuesday said certain actions by the Federal Government, had fueled insinuations that there were plans to islamise Nigeria.
It described as disparaging comments credited to the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in which he said there were no plans to Islamise the country.
The organisation also condemned the accusation by the Minister during a Town Hall meeting in Ilorin where he was accusing religious leaders of making alleged provocative statements that could lead to religious war.
Mr. Mohammed spoke at a town hall meeting in Ilorin, Kwara State on Monday where he said the alleged Islamisation of Nigeria under the current administration as totally false and should be perceived in its entirety as a campaign of calumny.”
In the statement issued by CAN President Samson Ayokunle on Tuesday, the association said:
“We are disappointed but not surprised with the disparaging, lies and abusive statements credited to the Minister of Information (Alhaji Lai Mohammed) in Ilorin during the Town hall meeting where he was accusing religious leaders of making alleged provocative statements that can lead to religious war.
“If those murderous Fulani herdsmen are faceless, how come the Sultan of Sokoto is claiming that they are not Nigerians and in another instance, the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai said they had been paid for the “wrong done to them’’? Why is it that whenever these murderers are perpetrating their atrocities, the security agencies look elsewhere until their victims decided to fight back? Is it because the security agencies are Muslim dominated? CAN says No to disparaging remarks in the name of politics. Enough of these lies by Lai Mohammed.”
Similarly, acting President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday said it was unfair for people to suggest that the Federal Government was silent on the Southern Kaduna crisis because it supported the killings.He urged Christian leaders in the country to always preach the love of Jesus Christ rather than hate messages.
Osinbajo noted that hate between various groups and people led to killing of innocent citizens and destruction of properties across the nation.
The acting President spoke while declaring open the 14th National Biennial Conference of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria.
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