The Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI) on Sunday accused the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) of overheating the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections in the country.
Addressing a press conference yesterday in Kaduna over recent comments by Reverend Musa Asake on behalf of CAN, the Secretary General of JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu said, “The ‘herdsmen’ debacle must be understood that this is a coinage 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.”
Asake had during the press conference condemned the government’s poor handling of the Benue State killings believed to have been perpetrated by some Fulani herdsmen.
He also criticized the constitutionality of certain actions of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
However, Dr. Aliyu said CAN was using the herdsmen issue to destabilize Nigeria so as to achieve its “agenda.”
He described the press conference addressed by the CAN Secretary-General on the 16th of January as mendacious, provocative, full of blatant lies and misinformation, disinformation as well as seditious to the state.
According to him, some Christian leaders across the country are making hate speech which the repercussion could be better imagined.
He questioned why the herdsmen issue is heightened now, adding, “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 election if they want to test their popularity!
“We nonetheless make bold that CAN is deliberately covering up by using the herdsmen debacle as a franchise to perpetrate evil as witnessed in the Boko Haram tale. As cases of Christians dressed in Muslims’ garb to bomb churches is still fresh in our memories.”
While sighting various examples of bombings by Christians, Dr. Khalid said, “Seeing that they have gotten away with those crimes, CAN has now devised a new approach of destabilizing Nigeria in order to achieve their agenda. If not so, would one explain Rev. Asake’s silence about the New Years’ eve killings in Rivers State, but mentioned that of Kwara State and other places?”
“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.