PUT YOUR HOUSE IN ORDER: MURIC TELLS
The Christian Association of
Nigeria (Northern Chapter) attacked the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) on
Wednesday 16th October, 2019 over MURIC’s earlier statement of
Monday 14th October, 2019.
MURIC had described the abduction of
nine Muslim children in Kano and their conversion to Christianity as kidnapping
for Christ. In its reaction, Northern CAN described MURIC’s statement as ‘reckless, irresponsible,
derogatory and provocative utterances.’
In a statement circulated to media men on Monday, 21st
October, 2019, MURIC debunked Northern CAN’s position, insisting that CAN
should put its house in order. The statement was signed by MURIC’s director,
Professor Ishaq Akintola.
incontrovertible evidence that Muslim children have been kidnapped, converted
to Christianity and sold into slavery. It is not the Kano 9 alone. There are
others. There is also indubitable evidence to prove that it did not start
yesterday. What is Northern CAN trying to tell us? They are chasing shadows.
“In our statement last Monday, we
separated good Christians from bad ones. We also made it clear that we have
both the good and the bad among Muslims too. Here are our exact words: ‘We are aware that not all
Christians are involved in this criminal behavior. Many adherents of
Christianity are decent and peace-loving. Such Christians will never descend so
low as to seize, convert and sell Muslim children.’
“Instead of joining hands with us to condemn the bad ones among
us, Northern CAN is seeking to silence us. That is a tall dream. We advise
Northern CAN to put its house in order and stop blaming MURIC. Afterall we did
not mention anything about kidnapping for Christ until the issue of Kano 9
occurred and the revelation has exposed other similar cases.
“We advise Northern CAN to launch a campaign of love and harmony
in the churches. There is an urgent need to deradicalise Christian elements
particularly in the Middle Belt region where Muslims are being killed and
dumped inside mysterious ponds and narrow wells. The same advocacy should be
taken to South Eastern Nigeria from where syndicates sponsor sleeper cells to
Northern Nigeria to abduct, convert and sell Muslim children into slavery.
“Enough of denials and
sentimentalities. Northern CAN should stop defending the indefensible. Its
current body language is not remorseful. Your fellow Christians kidnapped
Muslim children and converted them to Christianity. The Muslims complain but
instead of consoling them and checking your members you are firing at the
victims from all cylinders. We know you very well. This has always been your
style. You never own up.
“We warn that Northern CAN should not drag Nigerian Christians
into a controversy that involves only those who are in the dirty business of kidnapping
Muslim children for conversion to Christianity. We hold Jesus (peace be upon
him) in very high esteem and our statement was not intended to malign him. No
true Muslim will do that.
“Extremist Christians can kidnap Muslims for Christ. That does
not mean that Christ is involved. In fact Christ did not send them. They are
only being more Christian than Christ himself. Jesus never taught men to be
wicked. He taught love, kindness and righteousness. It is highly mischievous of
Northern CAN to attempt to whip up sentiments over mere semantics.
“We find it difficult to believe CAN’s words, ‘No Christian has
associated Muslims with such criminal acts. We only cry for our own who are
victims’. Really? This is a false claim and Nigerians know better. What of all
the allegations against us in the early days of Boko Haram attacks on churches?
“On a last note, we invite Northern CAN to put its house in
order and join hands with the authorities in fishing out remaining sleeper
cells for the kidnapping and conversion of Muslim children to Christianity. We
can all coexist peacefully but we must first eschew parochialism and address
issues objectively. We can change this atmosphere of mutual suspicion if only
we can be sincere with ourselves.”
Professor Ishaq Akintola,
Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)
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