Council for Islamic affairs chides CAN over Senate presidency, speakership

Council for Islamic affairs chides CAN over Senate presidency, speakership

- The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs has expressed its displeasure with the Christian Association of Nigeria

- The Muslim body is displeased with the Christian body for calling on the leadership of the incoming ninth National Assembly to balance appointment of principal officers across religious divides

- The Muslim body accuses the leadership of the Christian body of preaching hatred against Muslims

The Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA) has criticised the call made to the incoming ninth National Assembly by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that appointment of principal officers should be balanced across religious divides.

In a statement by the secretary general of NSCIA, Salisu Shehu, CAN’s call was described as indecorous, ill-advised, ill-motivated and only aimed at polarising the country, Premium Times reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the Muslim body said it doubted the sincerity of CAN and accused the leadership of the Christian body of preaching hatred against Muslims.

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The statement read in part: “Given the trajectory of the recent activities of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs (NSCIA), like other informed groups and people in Nigeria, cannot but wonder whether CAN still remains a religious body or a political party in a religious garb. The Council is persuaded to believe the latter because of the Association’s posture as the counterfoil for and opposition to everything Islam and Muslims in this country.

“We cannot also but wonder whether Islamophobia has indeed not replaced the more important responsibility of giving direction to millions of our compatriots who are law-abiding citizens of the Christian faith. It is really benumbing that CAN appears to be giving credence and relevance to the rhetorical question asked centuries ago: “if gold rust, what should iron do?”

“The NSCIA is also well-informed of the surreptitious pressure CAN is mounting on Christian judges serving in the various election petition tribunals across the country, under a pseudo-Christian organization, to ensure the victory of Christians and/or their sympathizers."

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Legit.ng previously reported that the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) called on the incoming leadership of the ninth National Assembly to balance the appointment of principal officers across religious divides.

The Christian body made the call in a statement issued in Abuja by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, special assistant (media and communications), to the CAN president, Reverend Samson Ayokunle.

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