Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has accused information minister Lai Mohammed of disparaging Christian leaders and covering up attacks against Christians in the country.
In a statement, president of CAN, Samson Olasupo Ayokunle, they were “disappointed but not surprised with the lies and abusive statements credited to the Minister in Ilorin during the Town hall meeting where he was accusing religious leaders of making alleged provocative statements that can lead to religious war.
“We want to boldly declare that Nigerian Christians love their country and they not only promote peace and unity but also always pray for her and the leadership. In the last one year, the Christian Association of Nigeria has declared fasting and prayers for Nigeria and her leadership twice. If we are thirsty for a war, we wouldn’t have gone that far,” Ayokunle was quoted in a statement signed his spokesman Pastor Adebayo Oladeji.
He wondered if the Minister was accusing them of lying that Christian are being killed, maimed and burnt the Boko Haram terrorists in the Northeast, apart from other kililings herdsmen in Plateau, Benue and Southern Kaduna states.
He added: “Is Lai Mohammed saying we are lying that those responsible for these killings profess Islam as their religion? That those who killed Madam Bridget Agbahime in Kano were Muslims who were arrested but later discharged and acquitted the court as requested the State Attorney- General and Commissioner of Justice?
“That those who killed Madam Eunice Elisha Olawale while doing the morning preaching in Kubwa, Abuja were Muslim fundamentalists who were arrested but also freed the Police? When all those killings were going on, was there any time Lai Mohammed or anyone in the Federal Government raised a voice against the atrocities?”