- MURIC has condemned CAN over alleged misrepresentation of Nigeria to the "outside world"
- The Muslims body made the statement in a reaction to Donald Trump's question to President Muhammadu Buhari on killings in Nigeria
- Trump, during Buhari's visit to the US in 2018, had asked the Nigerian leader why his government was "killing Christians?"
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The Muslims' Rights Concern (MURIC) has berated the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) following Donald Trump's question to President Muhammadu Buhari on the spate of killings in Nigeria.
MURIC in a statement released by its director Professor Ishaq Akintola on Thursday, September 10, posited that CAN is misrepresenting Nigeria to the western world - the reason Trump asked Buhari why Christians are being killed under his watch.
Legit.ng recalls that President Buhari, speaking on Tuesday, September 8, during the second day of the one year retreat for ministers and top government officials, had said that the US president accused his government of treating the killing Christians in Nigeria with soft gloves.
The Nigerian president further explained that during his visit to Washington on April 30, 2018, Trump asked him the question: "why are you killing Christians?’'
Buhari, however, said he told Trump that the crisis between the herdsmen and farmers in Nigeria is not religious but cultural, even predating his government.
MURIC said Buhari's revelation lifted the lids on how Nigeria is being sold to the world powers despite the statistics showing that Christians are not the only victims of killings in Nigeria.
"That question was based on false and misleading reports which the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has been sending to the outside world. We expect Trump to know better because the killings are not being done by the Nigerian security agencies. How then can the Nigerian president be accused of doing the killings?
"Again, it is not Christians alone that are being killed. Muslims are also victims. This is the same false information that was spread about Boko Haram. People were told that the terrorists were killing Christians only and bombing churches. It was later learnt that Boko Haram is killing emirs, Imams, Islamic scholars and ordinary Muslims too. The violent group was also destroying mosques," Akintola said.
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MURIC also emphasised that the crisis is mainly between herders and farmers, "not between the government of Muhammadu Buhari and Nigerian Christians."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that CAN described as weak and insincere the response of President Buhari to Donald Trump when being confronted with the killing of Christians in Nigeria.
CAN’s vice president, John Hayab, made the declaration on Tuesday, September 8, in Kaduna state, adding that Buhari and his government is full of amusing "tales by moonlight."
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