- Emir Sanusi has given his thoughts on the reported tension between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria
- The tension has been fuelled by the activities of extremists' groups like Boko Haram in recent times as some Christian leaders have been killed recently
- Sanusi said traditional and religious leaders that are supposed to hold the nation’s political leaders to account are being cowed into silence
The Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Muhammadu Sanusi II has stated that ignorance is fueling the tension between Christians and Muslims in Nigeria.
The Emir made the comment at the Interfaith Dialogue Forum for Peace held in Abuja on Thursday, January 23.
He stated that empowering the poor and less privileged would reduce the intense level of poverty in the country.
He lamented that traditional and religious leaders that are supposed to hold the nation’s political leaders to account are being cowed into silence.
Sanusi further urged believers of each religion to respect the different principles of their neighbour’s religion.
The Emir then admonished every Nigerian to focus on identifying the various internal challenges in the country in order to tackle and aid national development.
The theme: of the event was: “Interreligious Dialogue: Strengthening the Culture of Peace, Justice and Reconciliation.”
The religious leaders met at a time Nigeria is battling with unprecedented insecurity issues across the nation, especially as extremist groups like Boko Haram, killed some Christians recently.
On Monday, January 20, Boko Haram killed Reverend Lawan Andimi, a church leader in Adamawa.
A day before, unknown gunmen killed another pastor in the state, Reverend Denis Bagauri, who was a cleric at the popular Lutheran Church of Christ in Nigeria.
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), reacted strongly to the killings and accused the federal government of not doing enough to protect Christians.
“The church views the unabated kidnappings, extortions and killings of Christians and innocent Nigerians as shameful to the government that each time boasts that it has conquered insurgency.
“It is reprehensible and saddening that each time the government comes out to claim the defeat of the insurgency, more killings of our people are committed.
“In the light of the current developments and the circumstantial facts surrounding the prevailing upsurge of attacks against the church, it will be difficult for us to believe that the federal government under President Muhammadu Buhari is not colluding with the insurgents to exterminate Christians in Nigeria bearing in mind the very questionable leadership of the security sector that has been skewed towards a religion and region,” the Christian body said in a statement sent to journalists recently.
Meanwhile, the Adamawa state chapter of CAN has declared a three-day fasting and prayer session from Monday, January 27, to Wednesday, January 29 over what it termed “the rampant killing of Christians in the state.”
Adamawa state CAN chairman, Rev Dami Mamza said it is the only option left to the Christian community in view of the ‘glaring failure’ of the federal government to protect lives of Christians in the state and other parts of the country.
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