- The issue of religious crisis in Nigeria is becoming more serious
- Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has accused the US of working with the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to create tension
- MURIC claimed that the US is biased and has no real friends, adding that it uses double standards in dealing with global matters
The United States (US) and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have been accused of working together to create religious unrest in Nigeria.
The claim was made on Tuesday, December 24, by Ishaq Akintola, the director of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), The Cable reports.
Alleging that the US uses double standards when dealing with international issues, Akintola said since the world power sees nothing good in Nigeria, it is not disturbed by its remarks.
The head of MURIC said that US' complaints to the federal government of Nigeria about the killing of Christians is one-sided because Muslims are even the major victims of religious persecutions and terrorist attacks in the country.
He said: “Muslims of southern Nigeria have been complaining of persecution for decades but America turned its deaf ears.
"America pretends nothing is happening to Nigerian Muslims even when the Muslim girl child is locked out of school over an ordinary headscarf which is even allowed in US schools.”
Akintola said that it is unfair that the US on many occasion invited a former leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for deliberation, but has never created an avenue to speak with Muslims on the issue of religious crisis in the country.
The Muslim cleric warned CAN that if it allows the US to keep interfering in Nigeria's affairs, it will bear the brunt of the outcome.
He said: “Our message to CAN is this, allow America to set fire to your country and we can assure you that it is not the Muslims alone who will face turmoil.
“CAN should remember that religion or no religion, America’s national interest is America’s priority. America has no permanent friends."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the US had put Nigeria on a special watch list of countries that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom.”
This was disclosed in a statement titled United States Takes Action Against Violators of Religious Freedom and released on Friday, December 20, by the US secretary of state, Michael Pompeo.
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