- A group of Christians under the aegis of National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) recently decried the treatment of Christians in Nigeria
- The group speculated that the present generation of Christians in Nigeria may cease to exist in 25 years from now (2043)
- A Muslim group has reacted to allegations, describing them as baseless, unfounded and ridiculous
The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has reacted to allegations by the National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) against President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, describing the allegations as baseless, unfounded and ridiculous.
MURIC's reaction was contained in a statement signed in Lagos on Monday, June 25, by its director, Professor Ishaq Akintola.
The NCEF had at a news conference in Abuja accused the federal government of carrying out a Jihad against Christians and described the EFCC as the “prosecuting arm of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI).”
It claimed further that the recent award of national hounour to late MKO Abiola and Babagana Kingibe was part of plan to make Nigeria an Islamic country.
The group also claimed that the government is conducting an anti-Christian agenda which may ensure that Christians cease to exist in Nigeria in the next 25 years.
MURIC, however, described members of the group as suffering from intellectual poverty and warped thinking. It said that the country must be allowed to move forward and not be tied to mediocrity and religious bigotry.
Part of the statement read: “We should let integrity supplant mediocrity as the criterion and accept credibility as the yardstick instead of ethnicity while antecedence replaces religion and all other primordial sentiments.
“We should liberalise our thinking, Nigerianise our orientation and stop seeing religious colouring in everything, the earlier it faces reality, the better.”
Akintola said that the facts on ground also rubbish NCEF’s allegation that the Buhari administration is pursuing an anti-Christian agenda.
His words: “Christians have more cabinet positions in this regime. Christians and Muslims have 18 ministers each, but both the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as well as the Head of Service are Christians. This gives Christians 20 positions while Muslims remain 18. Yet Muslims have not started complaining.
“NCEF needs to check its mathematical expertise. 18 cannot be higher than 20. NCEF’s vituperation are portraying Nigerian Christians in bad light and that is to say the least.”
He said that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) needs to undertake urgent re-engineering of the perception of its flock.
“In particular, CAN should fumigate its immediate environment in order to rid it of this notorious NCEF Islamisation virus. CAN should also beware of dissidence in the body of Christ in Nigeria as we suspect open rebellion in NCEF’s statement. CAN is therefore advised to call NCEF to order,” he concluded.
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Meanwhile, the president of the CAN, Rev Samson Ayokunle, called on President Buhari to restrain his aide, Lauretta Onochie, on her use of vulgar words, abuse and unprintable names against others.
The CAN president made the call in a statement signed by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, special assistant, media & communications to the CAN president, on Wednesday, June 20, in Abuja.
Oladeji quoted the CAN president as saying that the leadership of CAN frowns at the use of vulgar languages on social media by the presidential aide on her Twitter account.
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