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Muslim group tackles CAN President over comments (Why not tackle Your Boko Haram Instead?)

A Muslim group – Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) – has expressed anxiety
over the statement credited to the President of the Christian Association
of Nigeria (CAN), Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, that if the Boko Haram
bombings persist, Christians would be compelled to defend themselves,
explaining that Oritsejafor’s statement was a declaration of war on

Addressing journalists in Kaduna, Secretary General of the JNI, Dr.
Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, noted that Pastor Oritsejafor’s statement was
capable of inciting Christians against the Muslims, a development which
could precipitate a religious strife in the country.

Describing the CAN President as an intolerant cleric, Aliyu said afterall
victims of the Madalla Christmas Day bomb blast included both
Christians and muslims alike.

Aliyu insisted that there was no time Muslims leaders had supported the
activities of the group, adding that they lacked the powers to dissuade the
faceless group from their path of violence.

The scribe who took time to dissect a letter written by CAN president to
JNI on the bombings, Aliyu wondered that perhaps they were expected to
chase after the members of the notorious Boko Haram sect and
personally arrest them, a responsibility which is not theirs.

Here are excerpts from the media briefing: “He (Pastor Oritsejafor) went
right into the heart of Aso Rock Villa to threaten the government and to
say whatever he had to say before the President of the Federal Republic
of Nigeria. He also accused the Muslim leadership, the religious scholars
and other leaders within the Muslim community.

“He blamed the attack also on religious and traditional rulers whom he
said are not publicly condemning this upsurge of bomb attacks. This
statement is an unguarded utterance and is intended to incite and
instigate Christians against Muslims in this country.

“In essence, the man has already called for war. He said that there is
going to be a civil war in this country. It is very astonishing for such a
person to say that Muslims have not condemned the act when more than
two dozens of prominent Muslim scholars have condemned what
happened at Madalla.

“Apart from that, the governor of Niger State and other traditional leaders
have been there. The Sultan himself has declared that the attack was
unIslamic and yet, he said that was unacceptable. We don’t know
whether he wants us to jump the gun and arrest faceless people whom
the government has not been able to arrest and then kill them by shooting

“What he wants is for us to apply jungle justice on them. Do we have that
legal authority to begin to chase people that we don’t even know?
Therefore, this statement is contempt on the Sultan of Sokoto who is the
President General of Jama’atu Nasril Islam and Nigeria Supreme Council
for Islamic Affairs. It is also contempt on the Muslim clerics who have
come to condemn these acts.

“Where were they when Muslims were attacked during the Eid-Fitr
celebration that preceded the month of Ramadan in Plateau State where
Muslims were attacked, killed and maimed? Sixteen people were not only
slaughtered, but roasted and eaten.

“Why is this thing looking like a conspiracy of silence from the media
both local and foreign? Are Muslims animals? Are they not citizens of
this country? Why is it always silence when something happened against
the Muslims. Who reported the Southern Kaduna genocide?

“Are you telling me that there were no Muslims killed in the Madalla
bomb blast? In Maiduguri and Damaturu, was it not the Muslims that
were killed in their numbers? I think that the CAN President is an
intolerant person and his statements are pregnant with very dangerous
trends that are capable of telling Christians to attack Muslims.

“I think that his statement is even more dangerous than these acts and I
think that the government should call him to order. The government
should call him to order for going to Aso Rock and calling the government
incompetent before the President. How can you say such things and say
you want to pray?

“Oritsejafor has gone further to criticise Islam and called Islam all sorts of
names and according to him, they are ready for war against Muslims. But
Muslims are very tolerant people and we are calling on all Muslims to be
calm and be law abiding and continue to be prayerful against this trend.

“We cannot be intimidated by these threats and intimidations. We are
peaceful people, we respect the laws of the country and we cannot jump
over the fence of government because they are charged with the full
responsibility of providing security for the lives and property of the people.

“Therefore, we will not go beyond that. We will not attack anybody. It is
very disheartening when the western media says that Nigeria will
disintegrate by 2015. There may be an underground conspiracy to
achieve that by creating chaos in the country.

“The Sultan has said it loud and clear that Muslims are not at war with
Christians, but Oritsejafor says that Christians are at war with Muslims.
As Muslims, we will not lower ourselves to such unruly attitude.”

In a related development, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria
called on Nigerians to set aside Saturday, December 31 as a national
day of fasting and prayer to atone for the Madalla killings, which they
described as shameful and a crime against God and humanity.

In a statement signed by Dr. Alaba Job, the CBCN said by its dastardly
act the Boko Haram sect has declared war on the nation.
CBCN said it was the responsibility of Muslim leaders in the country to
evolve ways of curbing the violence activities of the sect.

“The Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for this shameful crime
against God and humanity. We use this opportunity to call on our peace-
loving Muslims, especially their leaders from the political, economic,
social and religious spectrums, not only to publicly denounce but for their
own good and the good of Nigeria, to be proactive and to do everything
positive to end this movement.

“This group has apparently declared war on Nigeria, and at times of war,
nations count on their reserves. It is apparent that if we depend only on
our available active security agents, we shall not make progress. I
therefore call on Mr President to recall retired experts in criminology and
employ foreign experts in this field to assist the active security agents to
put an immediate end to Boko Haram menace”, they stated.


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