CAN accuses some Muslim leaders of stirring religious crisis

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has cautioned some Muslim leaders in Nigeria against promotion of violence and trouble unless they want to throw the country into avoidable religious crisis.

This is contained in a statement on Tuesday by the CAN’s National General Secretary, Joseph Bade Daramola.

He expressed disappointed with the activities of some Islamic extremists in the country whose past time is how to trigger religious crises, violence and to worsen the tension in the country.

“All over the country, there are some actions that are being taken by some Islamic leaders who are out to provoke their Christian counterparts to anger which CAN has been working behind the scene to nip such ungodly actions in the bud.

“For example, in Kwara State that CAN is still trying to curb the violence occasioned by the Governor’s directive to mission’s schools to allow the wearing of hijab, some extremists have built Ummul Khair Central Mosque and Islamic Centre beside Catholic Bishop’s House and the Secretariat primarily to tempt peace-loving Christians into a religious crisis.

“To compound the problem, one Imam Abubakar Ali-Agan and the General Manager, Kwara State Physical Planning Authority, are claiming that there was a Memorandum of Understanding between the Catholic Bishop of Ilorin and the owners of the Ummul Khair Central Mosque before they built the two buildings.

“Whereas, it was absolute falsehood and misinformation. But if they are certain about their claim, they should publish the said Memorandum of Understanding. It is high time we advised some Muslim leaders in the country to stop fishing in troubled waters with a view to provoking Christians whom they share the same neighborhood with,” Daramola said.

He therefore urged the Kwara State Government to order the relocation of the mosque and the Islamic Centre immediately to prevent crisis.