CAN accuses JNI of shielding killer Fulani herdsmen
The National General Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Rev. Musa Asake, yesterday alleged that the criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen have gone to the extreme because of the tacit encouragement they are getting from the leadership of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI)
He noted that there was never a time the JNI came out publicly to condemn their criminal activities since they began killing and maiming innocent Nigerians, all because most of their activities were targeted at Christians in the North Central, Enugu, Ondo, Ekiti and a host of other states.
Reacting to the statement credited to the spokesman of JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, accusing CAN of using the herdsmen issue to destabilise Nigeria, so as to achieve its “agenda,” Asake said: “We protest the lack of seriousness and kindergarten approach of JNI to serious national issues.
“We are amazed that the spokesman of Jama’atu Nasril Islam could ascribe the ownership and control of Fulani herdsmen to any Christian organisation. Such attempt to stand reason on its head does not portray JNI as a serious minded organisation.
“We used to assume that JNI is a credible and responsible organisation that can meaningfully engage in national discourse. May we suggest to his Eminence, the President of Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, to reach into the community of educated Muslims and find serious-minded individuals that could engage in serious national issues to speak for JNI.”
He observed that JNI ignored the substance of the position of CAN to the ongoing genocide in some states of the federation, rather than admit “complicity with the killer herdsmen terrorists and embarked upon character assassination in their futile attempt to justify support for the herdsmen, who are also enjoying the complicity of the security agencies, whose headships are occupied by the JNI’s cronies at the expense of the unity and progress of our dear country Nigeria.”
According to him: “The attacks of Fulani herdsmen have to be highlighted, particularly after the attacks of genocidal proportions in Benue State. Christians were the victims of the unprovoked criminal attacks on their homestead.
“In the circumstance, no one can accuse CAN of overheating the polity. Those who are overheating the polity are the sponsors and protectors of the Fulani herdsmen. And in due course, justice and judgment shall catch up with them.
“The herdsmen are Muslims. For the herdsmen, it would be considered demeaning if anyone should ascribe any other religion apart from Islam to them.
Therefore, for anyone to suggest that the Fulani herdsmen are “franchise” of CAN is the most unimaginative and ridiculous statement of the century.“He is trying to sell a bad product and as a result, he cannot do without being sycophantic.”
Asake, who also faulted the Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, for saying he could not cite any valid cases of constitutional violations by Buhari, in his bid to defend his boss, “whose government’s record for nepotism, favoritism and discrimination is second to none.”
“Frankly speaking, Shehu should be pitied with his current position, because he is trying to sell a bad product and as a result, he cannot do without being sycophantic.”
He added: “I still stand firmly on my position that Buhari has been making sectional and discriminatory appointments in the security and education sectors, which pose threat to the country’s democracy and constitution.”
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