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COCIN alleges jihad has been launched against church in Nigeria


The Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) has alleged that “the Church in Nigeria” is under siege, and Nigeria is adjudged a country where Christians suffer persecution more than anywhere in the world and rightly so.

President of COCIN, Dr. Dachollom Chumang Datiri, who disclosed this yesterday at the church’s 95th General Church Council (GCC) in Jos, Plateau State, said: “A dangerous jihad has been launched against the church and is rightly termed both conventional and stealth jihad.

“The sooner we realise this and take action the better. This stealth jihad can be seen also in the blatant refusal by most northern states governors to allocate land for church buildings or grant titles for such lands. We call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to direct such state governments to desist from this religious discrimination and bias.

“Another form of stealth jihad is not permitting teaching of Christian Religious Knowledge in public schools in most northern states. We call on the Federal Government to direct the Minister of Education to ensure it is allowed.

“Article 38 of the Nigerian Constitution guarantees freedom of religion but we can only be free to practise our religion if there is a country where to practise it. We must collectively reject anything that is capable of undermining the unity and peaceful co-existence of this country.

“This call becomes even more critical as the imminent campaigns for the 2019 general elections flag off across the country. We must all do our best to ensure that we have peaceful polls in 2019.

“To achieve this, religious tolerance and harmonious co-existence among our multi-religious and multi-ethnic society are key ingredients. Churches, mosques, traditional institutions and civil society organisations must all join hands to promote peaceful electioneering and hitch-free polls.”

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