The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has reacted to the comment made by popular Islamic scholar, Sheikh Ahmad Gumi, about Christian soldiers.
CAN in a statement released on Wednesday, said Gumi’s comment about Christian soldiers attacking communities and killing bandits in the country is “unpatriotic and divisive”.
The Christian body also said Buhari’s silence over the comment is a sign that he agrees with the cleric’s statement.
The religious body, wondered if there are sacred cows in the country, recalling how Apostle Johnson Suleman, Obadiah Mailafia, Prophet Isa El-Buba and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Hassan Kukah’s statements were handled by security operatives.
CAN said the comment by the Kaduna-based cleric indicates that he does not wish the country well.
“If anyone said it was the Christian soldiers who are attacking armed bandits, that person does not wish this country well and he doesn’t want the war against terrorism and banditry to end in victory,” CAN said.
“Gumi’s so-called audio evidence cannot be taken seriously because audio evidence can be deliberately arranged to make a point. Secondly, how can we ascertain the credibility of the person alleging that it was the Christian soldiers that were attacking communities and bandits?
“This unreasonable outburst is not only demoralizing and a plot to divide the Nigerian military into two along religious lines, it equally derogatively portrays the non-Christian soldiers as being not committed to fighting criminality.”
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s prolonged silence is tantamount to an endorsement of Gumi’s dangerous statement. If what Gumi reportedly said was attributed to a Christian leader, the security operatives would have invited him or declared him wanted and the Presidency would have publicly condemned that Christian leader.
“We recalled how Apostle Johnson Suleiman, Dr Obadiah Mailafia, Prophet Isa El-Buba and of recent, the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah’s statements were handled by security operatives and equally reacted to by the government. Do we truly have sacred cows in the country now?”