CAN using herdsmen to destabilise Nigeria - JNI
The Jama’atu Nasir Islam on Sunday said that the Christian Association of Nigeria is using herdsmen to destabilise Nigeria so as to achieve its “agenda.”
JNI added that CAN was overheating the polity ahead of the 2019 general election.
The Secretary General of the JNI, Dr. Khalid Abubakar Aliyu, at a press conference in Kaduna while reacting to a statement credited to the Secretary General of CAN, Dr. Jonathan Asake, blamed the CAN for the current herdsmen attack in Benue State and other parts of the country.
Aliyu said, “We, nonetheless, make bold that CAN is deliberately covering up by using the herdsmen debacle as a franchise to perpetrate evil, as witnessed in the Book Haram tale.
“Seeing that they have gotten away with those crimes, CAN has now devised a new approach to destabilise Nigeria in order to achieve their agenda,” said the JNI scribe.
While describing the statement ascribed to the CAN’s scribe as one overheating the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections, Aliyu advised the CAN to register as a political party to test its popularity.
He described the press conference addressed by the CAN Secretary-General on the 16th of January as “mendacious, provocative, full of blatant lies and misinformation, disinformation as well as seditious to the state.”
According to him, some Christian leaders across the country are making hate and inflammatory speeches, whose repercussions are better imagined.
He said, “The ‘herdsmen’ debacle: it must be understood that this is a coinage mischievously invented by CAN over time and its biased errand boys among media practitioners to stereotype an ethnic group so as to achieve a pre-planned agenda.
“Moreover, why not call a spade by its name? And why is the whole herdsmen issue heightened now in 2018?
“Simply, CAN is unnecessarily overheating the polity because 2019 is around the corner.
“Our take is that CAN should better go and register as a political party and contest election if they want to test their popularity!
“We, nonetheless, make bold to say that CAN is deliberately covering up by using the herdsmen debacle as a franchise to perpetrate evil as witnessed in the Boko Haram tale, as cases of Christians dressed in Muslim garb to bomb churches is still fresh in our memories.
“The infamous Lydia Yusuf of Bauchi State, the Miya Barkatai would-be Christian bombers also in Bauchi State, as well as the foiled bombing of the Radio House in Abuja, after which the then Minister of Information and Marylyn Ogar, then SSS spokesperson, changed the story line, are still fresh in our memories.”