The Jama’atu Nasril Islam, JNI, has lambasted the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) over a comments by its secretary, Musa Asake.
The JNI, a coalition of Islamic organisations, is headed by the Sultan of Sokoto, Saad Abubakar.
The coalition, in a statement by its secretary, Khalid Aliyu, accused Asake of trying to smear Islam and Muslims.
JNI also lambasted Christian leaders such as David Oyedepo, Ayo Oritsejafor and Apostle Suleman, accusing them them of fanning the embers of discord among Nigerians.
The full statement below…
“It is very astonishing and utterly un-chivalrous that religious bodies such as CAN always drags the name of religion in the mud for clandestine motives. Religion is expected to teach us truth and sincerity, not lies and treachery. However, we are compelled to think that the views and statements expressed by Musa Asake, a reverend and CAN’s scribe, are more of his misguided opinions and his cohorts, not necessarily the true reflection of Nigerian Christians, because there are a good number of Christians among them.
Thus, the press conference addressed by Musa Asake, General Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, on January 16, 2018, is mendacious, provocative, full of blatant lies and misinformation, disinformation, as well as seditious to the State. Nevertheless, JNI will not refute all the allegations he raised against the federal government and its agencies, as we would not be holding brief for the government. Our concern however is about the series of lies he heaped on Islam and Muslims in his unfortunate press briefing.
Suffice to highlight some of these lies as follows: