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CAN disappointed with Buhari over insecurity, Gumi’s utterances

Says his silence despite Gumi’s dangerous statements denotes endorsement

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The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN ) has lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari over his silence on the comments credited to popular Islamic cleric, Sheik Ahmad Gumi.

This was contained in a statement signed by CAN General Secretary, Joseph Daramola, on Wednesday.

It could be recalled that Sheikh Gumi had told an audience that Christian soldiers were the ones killing bandits and insurgents in the country.

Reacting in a statement, CAN noted that Gumi’s comment is unpatriotic and divisive, and told him to immediately withdraw it.

The statement reads in part: “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.

“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.”

CAN warned President Buhari that his prolonged silence is tantamount to an endorsement of Gumi’s dangerous statement.

The Christian body expressed concern that if what Gumi 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.

It 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.

The statement ended by wondering is Nigeria truly has sacred cows in the country now.

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