Prof. Ishaq Akintola, leader of the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), has told Femi Fani-Kayode, a former minister, and Joseph Hayab, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Kaduna State, to stop playing on Nigerians’ intelligence on the issue of Nathaniel Samuel, who attempted to bomb a Living Faith Church in the state.
In a statement on Wednesday, Akintola said Fani-Kayode and Hayab have been put to shame after Nathaniel’s father, Ezekiel Samuel, came forward to confirm that his son is a Christian.
In an interview with Daily Trust, Ezekiel had said his son has never for one been a Muslim.
Akintola further said that it is nothing strange that a Christian attempted to bomb a church, saying it has happened severally. He also demanded that the chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Hayab apologise to Nigerians for misleading them.
“Well, well, well. The wind has blown. We have seen the ruff of the hen. CAN lied. Fani-Kayode lied. These were lies from the very pit of Jahannam. In saner climes, Both Rev. Hayab and Fani-Kayode would have apologized since yesterday. But not in Nigeria where anything goes and public figures have perfected the art of misinforming and misleading their followers so much that the more we look, the less we see.
“The fact that Nathaniel Samuel was not the first Christian to attempt the bombing of a church underlines our contention that there is a Christian version of Boko Haram.
“There is no need for Fani-Kayode and CAN to beat about the bush. Let us call a spade a spade. A criminal is a criminal. His faith does not matter. They are in all religions. We Muslims admit it when we see criminals among us. But CAN always wants to play this holier-than-thou game. Nigeria will be rid of high profile criminals the moment religious leaders decide to expose them. The rate of crime will also reduce drastically if anti-crime sermons come from both the pulpit and the minbar on a weekly basis.
“On a last note, we advise both Rev. Hayab and Fani-Kayode to stop under-estimating the intelligence of Nigerians. People are taking note of what you say and what you do. Chroniclers are piling up the record of events. The latest incident of a Christian attempting to bomb a church involving Nathaniel Samuel will certainly constitute an update for the chroniclers. Nigerians are watching. Nobody can fool them anymore. Let us desist from speaking on or defending what we know nothing about. A more dispassionate approach is better for peaceful coexistence in this country,” he said.