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CAN Blasts Council Of Imams Over Statements On Southern Kaduna Killings

The Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, has raised its voice at the call by Kaduna State Council of Imams and Ulama for the arrest and prosecution of some persons for allegedly fuelling the crisis in Southern Kaduna has again reaffirmed their hypocrisy.

ADELOVE recalls that the Kaduna State Council of Imams and Ulama in Kaduna on Monday at a press conference called on the federal and Kaduna State governments to arrest and prosecute Senator Danjuma La’ah, CAN President, Dr. Samson Ayokunle and others for allegedly making inflammatory statements that instigated the crises in Southern Kaduna.

A statement signed by CAN National Secretary, Rev. Dr. Musa Asake, said, “To CAN, this is a surprising shameless, unveiled criminal support for evil. While, the killings of children, women, aged and the most defenseless of Southern Kaduna natives and the destruction of entire communities was at its peak, no one knew that a group called Council of Imams and Ulama existed in Kaduna state.

“When Church leaders under the banner of CAN kept praying for Southern Kaduna and other affected areas in the country, visiting traumatized communities and softly calling on government to do the needy, this Council of Imams was silent and invisible.

“If indeed, this Council of Muslim clerics claim to preach peace, tolerance and respect for human lives, we would expect them to have come out to call the rampaging Muslims herdsmen to order; condole the victims and join in the process of looking for a lasting solution, but mum was their response.

“You will recalled that on the 16th of August, 2016, a chieftain of Kaduna state Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, the well-known Dr.Haruna Usman, in a well-publicized reaction to the mindless killings by the terrorists, said that the sacking of Ninte, and other villages, in Jema’aLocal Government, was in response to the killing of a Fulani Ardo in Ninte. He spoke authoritatively as one in the knowledge of the massacre.

“In another Press Conference in Kaduna on the 7th of November, 2016, Jema’a Foundation, Miyetti Allah and Mobgal Fulbe Development Association, confirmed that Fulani and Hausa Muslims have been behind the ethnic cleansing and destruction of villages and houses of worship in Southern Kaduna.

“They claimed they had to do this to entrench their rights to practice Islam, alleging they were being marginalized in Southern Kaduna. Those who addressed the press were Abdullahi Hassan Mohammed, Ahmad M. Yandeh and Abdulhamid Musa.Again, on the 31st of December, 2016, Dr. Ibrahim Abdullahi, the Assistant National Secretary of Miyetti Allah also echoed the same position that the Fulani were carrying out reprisal killings.

“But, the most troublesome revelation was that of Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, has re-affirmed that he knows the killers of Southern Kaduna Christians and has traced some of them to some African Countries and paid them sums of money to stop the pogrom.

“In view of this glaring confession by all these Fulani men, is it not reprehensible, distasteful and vile that the Council of Imams and Ulama Kaduna state did not call for the arrest of these people who are in conspiracy with the murderers.

“With their position now, it is obvious that these Imams are part of the evil network desperately trying to decimate the Christian population of Southern Kaduna and the taking over of their lands by Islamists herdsmen terrorists. These are the Muslim clerics that encourage and inspire the jihad carried out by their foot soldiers.

“These Imams are very sad that we have refused to keep silent as we are speaking up to government and telling the world the devilish plot against the Christian community in Southern Kaduna and other affected areas.

“While those they inspired through their wicked sermons to kill and conquer new territories for Islam are carrying out their instructions, they are now intimidating the victims with Governor El-Rufai infamous position of “call for self-defense is hate speech.

“We can never call on a Christian to kill another human being. But we cannot tell a Christian to unjustly submit himself to murderers, his family wiped, his community taken over with crude violence so that a new community of herdsmen terrorists be established as it is happening now in Southern Kaduna – especially as government is not showing enough commitment to arresting the situation. CAN therefore, has no apology over what comment it has made on the religious cleansing in Southern Kaduna and other places in the country.

“It is a clear fact that CAN has the more to lose with the continuance of these madness. Since May last year to date in Southern Kaduna alone, over 100 Christians have been killed; over 53 communities with their churches have been destroyed and not less than 16 villages have been conquered and are now being occupied by Fulani herdsmen terrorists.

“The imams and Ulama are the ones who are benefitting from this orchestrated violence with the new territories conquered for them. They are the ones that don’t want peace.

“While we will continue to pray for Southern Kaduna and other affected areas and play any role possible for peace, the world must be informed that the killings in Southern Kaduna are still going on with impunity, because the murderers have been given immunity and they feel they are untouchable.”

3 Comments on CAN Blasts Council Of Imams Over Statements On Southern Kaduna Killings

  1. This is serious ooo


  2. Johnson Tunde // January 11, 2017 at 9:21 pm // Reply

    Nigeria is such a country that you can not trust people irrespective of his religion affliation. I was initially carried away when I read the Christian side of presenting situation report about southern Kaduna but unfortunately when I read another report titled “The untold story of systematic genocide of muslims in southern kaduna in another UK online, I realized that it will be difficult for any individual living outside Nigeria to judge the case of southern kaduna massacre.
    In the eighties, there was Zango kataf genocide, during which the Christian body in Nigeria made unbeatable noise convincing the whole world that they are being massacred unfortunately the commission of enquiry indicted people like Zamani Lekkwort and others.
    What the whole world should realize about Nigeria is hypocrisy, religion is money. They can do anything to protect gullible belly and people can sacrifice anything for money including religious leaders who supposed to be role models. Nigerian are carried away easily, just pretend you are a man of God, people will open their resources for you to milk. Imagine a Nigerian pastor whose hometown I visited few months ago that I visited Nigeria, I was surprised to see a town established in another town by a single pastor. When I read recently about hand- over of baton, I said this is a very smart Nigerian who understands the foolishness of his subject. He doesn’t want to wait till people started thinking about the edifice constructed by Jesus in Ifewara.
    Nigerians should stop fooling themselves, you don’t possess the attributes of such personality that can be trusted on the issue of southern Kaduna weather pastors or imams.
    My advice is that southern kaduna ethnic groups should visit Ife/Modakeke and ask for I they solve their problem. Until they believe in living together that is when they can progress, if you divide yourselves on the basis of religion politicians will not leave you alone.


    • Bitter Truth // January 11, 2017 at 11:46 pm // Reply

      @Tunde I am sorry but through your so-called ‘sounder’ understanding of national and religious issues in Nigeria you have only demonstrated great oratory without substance. Nice try but….!


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