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BLASPHEMY: CAN threaten fire over attempt to kill Christian in Bauchi
The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) yesterday expressed worry over the allegation of blasphemy in Bauchi, warning that it would no longer tolerate killings in the name of blasphemy.
The Christian body said the challenge now is for government authorities and security agencies to act fast to address abuse of the constitution before it leads to a more serious conflict that cannot be contained.
In a statement signed by its chairman of Kaduna State chapter, Rev Joseph John Hayab, CAN noted that allegations of blasphemy have now become the new excuse by fundamentalists in Northern Nigeria to kill the remnant that bandits and terrorists are yet to kill.
Hayab said, “How can you justify the period of what happened in Sokoto, the allegation in Borno, the fake allegation on Babachir Lawal by one northern actor who we have on record how he made blasphemous remarks about Jesus Christ but quickly went and brought it down on the internet to cover himself before coming out to falsely accused Babachir Lawal the former SGF, and today we are seeing another carnage in Bauchi under the excuse of blasphemy.
“We know and have evidence of how some of these allegations of blasphemy are false and just for blackmail or settling scores with perceived enemies or well-mannered young girls who have refused sexual advances by the opposite sex from another religion. We are also aware of how fanatics have in the past raised lies in the name of blasphemy.
“CAN wonder if the recent sermons we are getting from some Islamic clerics on what the Holy Quran says about what should be done if anyone is accused of blasphemy is unpopular amongst followers?”
The CAN chairman further stated that Nigerian Christians, especially those of the northern extraction, have for ages exhibited tolerance despite many provocations and lack of reciprocation of their love and friendship.
“But these new tactics for killing people from any and every accusation of blasphemy is unacceptable to CAN and all Christian faithful. We will not accept this brutal way of murder and inhuman treatment of our followers to continue,” he added.
He appealed to religious leaders from both religious divides to intensify teachings about the evil of taking the laws into one hand and killing another person for whatever reason.