- Sa’ad Abubakar says CAN's claim that Christians are being persecuted in Nigeria is false
- According to the sultan, criminal activities perpetrated by armed “Fulani herdsmen” were not triggered by religion
- Going further, he noted that not all Fulanis are Muslims
The sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, has faulted the claim of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) that Christians are being persecuted in the country.
He disclosed this at the closing ceremony of 77th annual Islamic vacation course (IVC).
The course was organised by the Muslim Society of Nigeria (MSSN) at Bayero University, Kano, Abubakar, The Cable reports.
According to monarch, CAN’s claim is “false and partial”.
He said the criminal activities perpetrated by armed “Fulani herdsmen” were not triggered by religion, “because not all Fulanis are Muslims”.
“If such persecution really exist, such is supposed to be tabled at the Interfaith Forum where Muslims and Christians leaders meet periodically to discuss issues that would promote harmonious coexistence between the two religions,” Abubakar said.
“Many Fulanis are atheists whose main interest is to protect their cattle.”
The federal government in July also refuted claims that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is alienating and persecuting Christians.
Recall that Legit.ng had reported that CAN backed the recent listing of Nigeria by the United States government among nations tolerating religious persecution.
This was disclosed by Samson Ayokunle in a statement by his special assistant on media and communications.
In the statement, the association warned that discrimination against Christians can result in another civil war which Nigeria may not survive.
CAN also claimed that it had proffered several solutions to the issues fuelling religious intolerance to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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