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Don’t scuttle confab, CAN warns JNI

Sultan of Sokoto,  Alhaji  Muhammad Abubakar III

The Christian Association of Nigeria has faulted the claim by Jama’atu Nasril Islam that Christians do not deserve the domination they enjoy in the ongoing national conference.

The association faulted the claim by the Islamic organisation, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Abubakar Sa’ad III, that the process of selecting delegates to the national conference was not done with fair representation and would affect the credibility of its outcome.

The JNI had through its Secretary-General, Dr. Khalid Abubakar, stated that “Christians, who by all acceptable records are not more than 40 per cent of the country’s population ironically constitute 62 per cent of the total delegates.”

The General Secretary of CAN, Dr. Musa Asake, however, described the claim as an “unprovoked defamation of Nigerian Christians.”

He said, “CAN may need to remind JNI of the argument and refusal of Muslims to include religion during the last census in Nigeria. We appeal to JNI not to use religion as a basis for their reservations about the national conference. We believe the conference will do Nigeria a lot of good.

“Meanwhile, the JNI should come out with the figures that make the Muslim population more than that of Christians as we in CAN will boycott future census in Nigeria beginning with the 2016 exercise if they do not include religion. Enough is enough!”

While describing the JNI assertion as disappointing, especially coming from a person of Khalid’s standing, Asake said  no census anchored on religion had been carried out.

He said,  “The JNI Secretary General goofed, having put out poor arguments and thoughts.

“We are therefore challenging the Secretary-General of the JNI to make it public the source of  his population figures, which shows that Christians in this country are 40 per cent.

“We cannot continue to allow people like the JNI make reckless and false statements, bringing division among Christians and Muslims, when we are busy working hard to see we live together in peace and harmony.”

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