The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has said some Islamic leaders in the country are provoking Christians to anger with their alleged promotion of violence.
CAN made the claim in a statement issued by Joseph Daramola, its General Secretary, on Tuesday.
According to the apex Christian religious body in the country, Muslim leaders in some certain states are instigating actions that may brew into violence between adherents of both religions.
CAN warned the said Islamic leaders to respect the right of Christians to freedom of religious association and to stop undertaking actions that will constitute a breach of peace in the country.
It also called on the security agencies to caution and prevent any group of people whose actions could lead to religious and social crises and violence in the country.
The statement read: “We are worried and disappointed with the activities of some Islamic extremists in the country whose pastime is how to trigger religious crises and violence and throw the already nervous country into utter confusion.
“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. CAN has been working behind the scene to nip such ungodly actions in the bud.
“In Kwara State, for example, CAN is still trying to curb the violence occasioned by the governor’s directive to mission 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.
“Will Islamic schools allow Catholics or Christian women who are their students dress to the school premises in their cassocks? 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.”