Sa’ad Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto Attacks CAN. He said that news of Christians alone being killed by terrorists in Nigeria isn’t true. Making claims that Muslims are also being persecuted.
Sa’ad Abubakar says the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), and other Christians are making wrong claim about the persecution in Nigeria, especially in the northern part of the country because of their faith and religion.
At the Nigerian inter-religious council (NIREC) meeting in Abuja, he appreciated NIREC for their concerns and great contribution to creating peace and unity among both religions.
Sultan of Sokoto Attacks CAN; Read his statement below:
“It pains me when we gather at NIREC or other meetings and agree on measures that would promote religious peace, unity, and tolerance; but shortly after, you will begin to hear stories of persecution here and there.
“If we go out shouting, marching, dancing and singing that people of a particular religion are being persecuted and killed, you also forgot people of other religions are also affected in the killings by the same enemies of the state. “We must not allow terrorists to divide us. If we mistakenly do, then we are finished. There is nothing wrong with any religious organisation marching on the street to call for God’s interventions in a particular issue.”
“But we shouldn’t make a show of such things because we want to be visible and, therefore, bring more problems to the nation.
“We have been reading and hearing reports about the persecution of Christians in Nigeria and I keep asking myself how? Christians are being killed, Muslims are also being killed and they are all lives created by God.
“For me, there is no persecution of anybody in this country. If you claim there is a persecution of Christians in Nigeria, there would also be claims of persecution of Muslims, but that would not solve the problem.
“People claim they are denied places to build mosques, churches in some parts of the country. But the right thing to do in such cases is to approach relevant authorities and not to make claims of persecution.
“I can quote from now till the next 100 years of things that have been done or not done to Muslims, but we usually approach relevant authorities in ways that we believe would bring solutions to the problems,” he said.