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Arrest Jalo for promoting hate speech against Christians, group tells IGP


Sheikh Jalo Jalingo

Former National President, Youth Wing of the Christians Association of Nigeria (YOWICAN), Daniel David Kadzia, has urged the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, to arrest Sheikh Jalo Jalingo, over his hate speech against Christians.He made the call in a statement to The Guardian in Yola yesterday, following the cleric’s sermon last Friday at Dubli Central Mosque, where he accused Christians of been behind the killings, kidnappings and hardship in the country.

Kadzia said if the police and the Department of State Services fail to arrest him, they should stop the acclaimed battle against hate speech.
Kadzia, who is National President of Coalition of Christians Groups for Good Governance in Nigeria and Diaspora (COCGOG), stressed that hate speech has become a threat to the unity of the country.

The Muslim cleric was quoted to have made the accusation in Jimeta Yola, the Adamawa State capital during the wedding of the daughters of Chairman of JIBWIS, Sheikh Abdullahi Balalau.

In the sermon, he alleged that Christians are perpetrating criminal activities to discredit the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, and pave way for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

Jalingo had said there was no insurgency in the northeast, adding that CAN was only sponsoring hate campaigns to discredit Buhari. Adamawa State Governor, Mohammed Jibrilla Bindow, and his Zamfara State counterpart, Abdullaziz Yari also attended the wedding But, Kadzia challenged Jalingo to mention one Christian Boko Haram terrorist or herdsmen who have been arrested.“The endorsement of President Buhari by a terrorist group called Miyetti Allah is a confirmation that the killer groups are operating under the cover of government,” he said.

The former YOWICAN president said the ongoing culture of silence is a confirmation that Muslim clerics are above the laws in Nigeria.He said security agencies would not have any reason to harass Christians over alleged hate speech.

“This country does not belong to either only Muslims or Christians, because there are others who do not belong to both religions. But, if Buhari’s government thinks that Muslims clerics are above the law, then he is making a regrettable mistake,” he said. Kadzia urged good Muslims to condemn the cleric’s divisive statement in the interest of national peace ad unity.He faulted Jalingo’s support for Buhari against another, noting that in 2015, Muslims and Christians voted for Buhari as president of Nigeria, and not as a northern leader.

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